Ring Botanicals

The Apprenticeship Part I July 09 2015

      The Apprenticeship Part I         By Jessica Ring   Every Tuesday since winter stepped forward, I have been gifted a full day with my two apprentices, Hannah Hulett and Alexi Hedlund.  Together we are healers with heart compasses aligned along the same arrow of intention: to make beautiful fragrant medicine from plants, filling the basket of our collective mind with as much aromatic knowledge as we can hold.    ...

Douglas Fir Distillations 2015 July 01 2015

Distilling Douglas Fir in Oregon USA Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) can be a difficult plant to distill. Contrary to popular belief, not all of the conifers yield large amounts of oil. When I distill ten gallons of well-prepped Dougy Fir branch tips in my copper still I get between 7 and 15 ml of essential oil. It is worth every moment of labor that goes into this process.     The...

Crooked River Juniper June 18 2015

                         Crooked River Aromatics: Part I Every year I travel to Eastern Oregon's High Desert to harvest Western Juniper needles for essential oil distillation.  I usually go alone, so that I can relish the silence and slow outward expansion of the senses.... but this year felt perfect for company.  I called on my good friend, Willow, and asked if another desert adventure together sounded right.  Our last escapade to ...

Green Ring Farm October 22 2014

Green Ring Farm 05/05/2014 6 Comments   Our family land is a world of it’s own.  It is the cottage, the garden, the forest that you read about in fairy tales.  There are no computers, and cell phones often cease to function just as you pull up the long, never-maintained driveway.  There is a chain across the entrance: this is a secret place and you must be loved and known...

Lavender Distillations: Dark and Light October 22 2014

Lavender Distillations dark and light 10/01/2013 9 Comments   I have distilled the flowers from this field of lavender since the plants were just little babies. As they have put their roots further into the ground I have set my own life deeper and deeper into the magical world of perfume, alchemy, and plant medicine.  Every year is different.  Each year the harvest gets larger and the labor effort intensifies,...

Endometriosis and Essential Oils October 22 2014

Endometriosis and essential oils 01/14/2014 7 Comments   Endometriosis and Essential Oils Endometriosis can be a brutal disease to cope with.  Often, women go undiagnosed for years, suffering through pain and social misunderstandings, only to sink into the quagmire of Western medical options once they start seeking treatment.  Pelvic pain and infertility can wear down the body and soul while the side effects and repercussions of hormonal medications and surgeries...

Blue Moon Distillation - White Sage and Rosemary October 22 2014

Blue Moon Distillation - White sage and Rosemary 12/29/2013 2 Comments   Here is an account of a distillation I did this last summer on the Blue Blue Moon:I did a special distillation today with a friend. We like to do co-distillations on the full moon and today's was particularly wild and wonderful....a Blue Moon no less.  I harvested a giant armload of "ARP" Rosemary (nice and vibrant this time...

Fruit Accords in Natural Perfumery October 22 2014

Fruit Accords In Natural Perfumery 12/29/2013 17 Comments   Fruit Accords in Natural Perfumery                 Creating a fruit accord for perfume using natural botanical extracts (essential oils, absolutes, concretes, CO2 extracts, resinoids, floral waxes, isolates ect) is more challenging than creating a fruity aroma with synthetic materials.  This is because while we have many citrus oils to choose from, as natural perfumers we are very limited when it comes to...

Lessons from Western Juniper and Blue Cypress October 22 2014

It is one of those rare fall days when where the world is so clear and stunningly bright that everything alive seems to be reaching up in gratitude.  The pineapple sage blooms like fireworks exploding in slow motion.  Dahlias I have never seen open proudly show their rose-burnished faces.  Seeds and leaves fall with sighs and whispers of relief.  The bay, the jasmine, the white sage and blue cypress: I...

Wild Oregon Rose Distillation October 22 2014

  Roses – Part I In the early summer of 2007 I had the honor of being invited out to a rose breeding program in Yamhill, Oregon to harvest petals for distillation.  I wasn’t quite sure what the botanical scene would look like but raced out early on a sunny morning to see what I could collect.  I was astounded to find an enormous plot of roses, the size of...

The Blending Table October 21 2014

My perfume blending table on an average day.