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The Magic of Botanical Distilling with Ashley Sierra of Ritual Botanica

December 17, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This class will introduce you to the wonderful world of botanical distilling. We’ll go on a journey exploring the history, uses and various procedures of this ancient craft while a glass still bubbles away in the background. As the still works it’s magic revealing the plant’s essence and aroma to the class we’ll touch on application of hydrosols, the essential water. How can you bring their gentle, versatile topical remedies and their potent energetic and physical medicine in your daily practice? We’ll cover a simple stove top distillation that can be easily replicated in any home, as well as a variety of other options for distilling from copper to glass stills. Basic set-up and technique will be discussed; this includes deciphering the hydrosol and essential oil, measuring for pH and potency, proper storage and troubleshooting. We’ll also cover questions to consider when beginning your journey into botanical distilling. You’ll with a leave new way to experience plants and your own Winter Solstice hydrosol or anointing oil.

$30-45 per person, sliding scale. Includes an herbal goodie valued at $15.

Ash is the heart and soul behind Ritual Botanica, an Appalachian small-batch apothecary specializing in herbal hydrosols and spirit medicine . She’s dedicated years of her herbal journey to this magical craft and loves sharing it with other like minded plant allies, the type who like a bit of magic and a bit of science. Find her story at or @Ritual_Botanica


December 17, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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278 Haywood Road
Asheville, NC 28806 United States
(828) 215-9569