The holiday season has arrived, and this is often a time when we think of giving something special to those we love and care for. However, the idea of picking out a gift can be overwhelming.
That’s why this year we have put together a guide to help you find the perfect gift for all of the aromatherapists, herbalists, and plant and aroma lovers out there. We have included companies on this guide that can support you to be intentional with gift giving, and ensure you are buying high quality products that are ethically made and sourced.
The list highlights a variety of plant-focused ideas, including incense crafting and aromatic arts supplies, herbs, hand-crafted tinctures and teas, seeds, artisan oils, perfumes, hydrosols, essential oils, mushroom extracts and more.
Higher mind incense
Our company Higher Mind Incense carries a variety of natural and sustainable loose incense, incense ropes, resins and gums, and single botanicals. We also offer many options for materials and tools for the incense crafter, such as incense cone molds, incense crafting kits, and more. Not sure what scents your loved one will like? No worries, we've got you covered with gift cards between $10 - $200.
All of the products at Higher Mind Incense are sustainably sourced, fair trade, and grown naturally. If you know an incense connoisseur or someone who has taken our incense crafting course at the Northwest School of Aromatic Medicine, any of our products would make a great addition to their aromatic arts practice.
Phoenix Rising Perfumery
This perfumery is a wonderland for the olfactory sense.
Phoenix Rising Perfumery offers natural fragrances that are free from parabens and phthalates. The perfumery makes a variety of traditional Oud oils and Artisan attar products. If your loved one is interested in perfumery and making their own formulas, the shop features many different essential oils, oil blends, and perfumery materials – everything you need to take your fragrance artistry to the next level!
In the online shop, you can also find other aromatic treasures such as Sandalwood oils, loose Agarwood chips of different varieties, incense, and resins.
Apothecary’s Garden is a treasure trove to the aromatic enthusiast who loves incense, perfumery, or other fragrant products. It's also a great place to shop for aromatic crafting materials, as they carry a large spectrum of artisan distilled essential oils, hydrosols, perfumes, medicated oils, extracts, and more. They offer a vast amount of products which can be used to make incense, cosmetics, perfume or any aromatic medicine that you choose.
Their online shop also features skin care products, oil blends, loose plant materials, small batch essential oils, and perfumes crafted by Apothecary’s Garden.
Apothecary’s Garden is offering a couple of discounts: use the code ARTISAN250 for 20% off on orders over $250 and ARTISAN500 for 25% off on orders over $500.
Spagyric tinctures and essences are powerful forms of traditional plant medicine which integrate alchemical and astrological principles into herbal preparations. The alchemical process these preparations undergo reflects the transformational processes in nature, and when working with plants, alchemy is used to unlock the full healing potential of a medicinal herb.
Natura Sophia uses organically grown or ethically wildcrafted herbs for their products. Their spagyric apothecary includes a wide range of tinctures, essences and formulas. One can even shop by category of planet if they are interested in astrological medicine, or by elements, organ system, and plant energetics if they are seeking something specific for the body.
Ayala Moriel Parfums
Ayala Moriel Parfums offers a wonderful variety of hand-crafted perfumes and botanical fragrances. If you would like to be specific with your fragrance, the perfumery offers custom formulations. If you are feeling unsure of which fragrance you would like, there are many pre-made formulas and even gift packages to choose from.
Along with artisan perfumes, the company sells incense in the form of sticks, cones, and loose blends, as well as bath and body products such as body, face and hair oils, soaps, scrubs, and salves. They also offer edible products like chocolate, truffles, and tea blends. All of the products at Ayala Moriel are crafted from natural sources.
Learning Herbs offers multiple resources for learning about medicinal plants. The store carries a herbal remedy kit, which includes a herbal starter course, so you can have everything you need to begin using herbs. As well, there is a beginners guide to learning about herbal medicine that features a cookbook and a hands-on learning course for kids called Herb Fairies. These could be perfect gift options to get your loved ones into herbalism.
Learning Herbs also sells a fun board game, Wildcraft, which is a great way to learn about edible and medicinal plants while bringing the family together during the holidays. During the game, players use teamwork to gather huckleberries for grandma’s home-made huckleberry pie. Players climb a mountain and collect other medicinal plants used by grandma along the way.
The adventure game is perfect for children of all ages and covers 27 different plants. Some plants included are Echinacea, Burdock, Huckleberry, Calendula, Chickweed, Comfrey, Dandelion, Chamomile, Elder, Field Mint, Cottonwood, Jewelweed, Lemon Balm, and more.
Strictly Medicinal Seeds
Strictly Medicinal Seeds is an incredible resource for those who enjoy growing medicinal plants at home. The company sells seeds, live roots, and potted plants of medicinal herbs, aromatic plants, vegetables, shrubs, trees, and succulents, as well as many exotic and rare aromatic and herbal species (like White Sage, Copal, and Guggul for example).
The potential to grow an amazing apothecary of plant medicine at home can be accessed through this company. Tools for making herbal tinctures can be purchased through Strictly Medicinal Seeds, as well as books on herbal medicine and gardening. The choice of seeds and plants are vast through the website, so another easy way to gift medicinal plants to your loved ones could be a gift card.
Blossom + Thorn
Blossom + Thorn is a woman owned herbal medicine apothecary based in Portland, Oregon. They craft small batch products with locally sourced plants that are either organically grown or ethically wild harvested. This small business focuses on offering potent, sustainable herbal products with high-quality ingredients.
Featured on the website are multiple self-care products such as herbal lip balms, herb-infused face oil, healing skin balms, beard oil, hair oil, tinctures, and flower essences. A little something for everyone! There are also a few loose herbal smoke blends to choose from.
Feral Fungi is the perfect place to get your fix of fungi medicine. The company offers both single-mushroom and blended alchemically made spagyric tinctures, mushroom essences, as well as some mushroom treats. If you are a maple lover, they sell three different delicious syrups infused with Cordyceps, Lion’s Mane, and Chaga. As well, there is a Clarity Mushroom Coffee that is infused with extracts of Lion's Mane, Reishi, and Cordyceps.
Feral Fungi also sells dried mushrooms, which can be rehydrated or made into tinctures if you are interested in making your own mushroom preparations.
Wild Root Botanicals
Wild Root Botanicals offers a wide variety of aromatic plant distillations and plant medicine products. This is a great shop to find self-care products such as creams, lotions, salves, hydrosols, bath soaks, essential oils, teas and herbal medicines. Their digestive bitters can be handy to offer when people are enjoying heavy holiday meals.
You can also find uniquely prepared gift collections such as a postpartum care kit, a cold-month kit, or a rose gift set, which includes a Rose tea, floral water, lotion and tonic. This can be a simple way to offer a themed holiday gift with multiple products!
Oshala Farm offers a blend of different products that make for wonderful gift options. On their website you can find dried herbs and spices, infused oils, salves, bulk herbs, some amazing tea blends, and some great options for bath and body products.
Oshala Farm has some special products including a fire cider, which is perfect for the cold weather, a Nettle oil, Nettle vinegar, as well as an herbal iron syrup, baby’s herbal salve and herbal fusion vinegars. The store also sells a variety of gift sets, including a new mama’s collection, tea lover’s collection, a salve maker's kit, an infused oil sampler, a food lover's spice collection, a ritual kit and more.
Wild Women Herbs
Wild Women Herbs has a lot of great wellness offerings to share, from botanical skin care, bath and body products, to candles, honeys, and syrups. Herbal medicinal products such as tinctures, elixirs, herbal oils, salves, and aromatherapy rollers are also offered. There is a seasonal section on the website where you can find fragrant candles, herbal teas, sourdough starter, and gift sets.
If you are interested in CBD products, Wild Women Herbs carries a CBD infused salve, serum and oils, along with a couple different types of bath salts. For those seeking a nice and simple stocking-stuffer, there are unique facial soaps such as Calendula and Cottonwood, or Reishi and Rose.
The Herb Rally Store
The Herb Rally Store carries herbal minded t-shirts, hoodies, and apparel. They also sell mugs, hats, and accessories adorned with plant designs.
Along with merchandise, the store also features plant photography and a few different online courses on fungal nutrition and herbal medicine. Potential great gifts for the budding herbalist.
Hopefully with the help of this guide, you can find the perfect offerings to share with those you care for, all while supporting sustainable businesses.
Happy holidays from all of us at The Northwest School of Aromatic Medicine!
Article Written By Dawn Gibson
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