Episode #227 | Christa Obuchowski | "botanical perfumer"

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"Plants are my allies, friends and teachers."

Christa J. Obuchowski is a traditional naturopath, botanical perfumer, distiller, and educator. In 1994, Christa founded the AromaBotanica Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico, offering a full-spectrum approach to healing the body, mind, and spirit through stimulating natural healing potentials. Christa is a licensed educator and massage therapist.

For the last twenty years, she has devoted herself to the art and science of blending plant extracts and healing with scent. Her great love is the creation of scent portraits for individuals using a ‘scent palette’. In recent years Christa has come to work more with raw plant materials, making plant extracts herself through processes of distillation and maceration. The CJO line of rare, exquisite fragrances includes colognes, balms, smudges, oils, hydrosols, and roll-on perfumes.

She teaches classes on plant medicine, the art of perfume making, and self-care. Every month she holds “Aroma Hydro-soul Salons” at her studio, exploring the healing magic of Aroma hydrolates with colleagues and clients.