Bohobo Aromatherapies brings together traditional aromatherapy and ancient alchemy to create botanically scented rollers, candles and skin care for rituals and relaxation.
We find a quiet moment to talk to Birgitta about her values, the science of scent and how she brings wellness into her own day-to-day.
1-TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF.
WHAT GOT YOU INTO THE ART OF AROMATHERAPY?
I was born in Sydney and raised between France and Scotland. From the earliest moments of smelling my grandmother’s wrists, soaked in violets, to crumpling eucalyptus leaves in hot hands while riding horses or dripping lavender on burn, aromatherapy has always been a part of me. When I was living in London (25 years ago) I felt bombarded by traffic and early morning streets. I craved to open my heart and my nose, and that’s when I began to study aromatherapy academically.
2-HOW BOHOBO AROMATHERAPIES BEGUN?
After the birth of our first daughter and ten years living in Paris, we headed south to Provence. With very little money and mountains of desire to spend my time with my baby and not return out to work, I began making natural perfumes and selling them at local markets. When my sweet old aunt told me she couldn’t sleep I offered to make her a pillow mist, she slept deeply and dreamt wildly. All her friends requested them. That’s when Miles, my husband, suggested I make our home remedies for the market. I began with aroma remedies rollers, pillow mist, chakra balancing and it bloomed from there.
3-WHERE DO YOU SOURCE YOUR ESSENTIAL OILS AND NATURAL INGREDIENTS FROM?
We buy our essential oils from a long-standing British wholesaler. They have a wonderful & sensible work ethic. The year before last I received chamomile and it was just not right. I called them and immediately they told me the late frost had caused sourness to the petals. They immediately changed the batch without question. We really value them. We also source our organic rose from a local farmer in Wiltshire.
4-WHAT IS SELF-CARE RITUAL FOR YOU?
Self-care for me is transforming action into intentional holistic practice. Adding a drop of eucalyptus to my boots on cold days, bathing in rose petals, applying beautifully scented oil to my face and body and practicing transcendental meditation.
5-WHY DO YOU THINK NATURAL IS BEST?
Natural is best because it is the only way to live a connected holistic life, to care for the earth and create a sustainable future for ourselves and our planet.
6-WHY DO YOU THINK THERE IS A RETURN TO AROMATHERAPY AND NATURAL REMEDIES?
The world is so fast-paced and we are all seeking connection, with ourselves and each other. We have so many layers put on us, and put on by us, returning to ancient rituals and nature brings us back to ourselves. Our monthly subscription box, Rewild & Ritual, is a possibility to move gently, deeper and with absolute ease, towards our most authentic selves. Through holistic practice, meditation and expansion we explore the seasons, ayurveda, aromatherapy, holistic beauty and the moon.
7-WHY DO YOU THINK THE SENSE OF SMELL IS SO IMPORTANT FOR OUR WELLBEING?
One of the most magical ways to enhance wellbeing is through incorporating smell into our daily self-care. Aromatherapy has the ability to accompany us in our day, keeping us connected and holding space.
8-HOW DO YOU RECHARGE YOUR BATTERIES AFTER A HARD DAY AT WORK?
I love to walk, to light a candle,run a bath and have a warm cup of goddess milk (raw cacao, honey and milk).
All photographs courtesy of Birgitta @bohoboaromatherapies
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