This week-end I will be sitting in ceremony with Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love. I plan to make an offering of a Love Mist…
This is my first attempt at making an essential oil, with a homemade sill I made with my own kitchen gadgets.* I gathered my flowers; a combination of roses, lavender and jasmine. I wish I had more, but the end result was about 1.5 quarts.
I put the flowers in a big pot with a rounded lid. I put a soapstone statue in the center of the pot, and rested a quart size glass bowl on top of the statue. The bowl was elevated above the flowers. I poured in enough water just to cover the flowers, and let this come to a rolling boil.
Then I flipped the rounded lid over, and dumped a bag of ice on top of the rounded lid. As the steam in the pot rose up and hit the cold lid, it condensed and dropped down into the glass bowl. The end result was this!
You can see the difference between this concoction and the one I made just by boiling rose petals in water. The smell is different too; more fragrant and potent with the sill.
I can’t wait to sit in ceremony and make my offering to Aphrodite and my fellow Priestess Sisters who will be joining me. I love this work and feel so complete when I give myself over to the Great Mother and all she has to offer…
Diana Ray/April Aronoff
Photography By Diana Ray
*Information about distilling obtained from Herbal Recipes for a Vibrant Health, by Rosemary Gladstone