Native and Cultivated Essential Oils and Hydrosols of the Southwest
PhiBee Aromatics is a family run business (named after our girls), born out of our love and passion for the native plant world. Clare began studying medicinal herbs in 1987 and has completed a 235-hour AIA and NAHA approved Clinical Aromatherapy course. She is currently working on a book titled Native Essential Oils of the American Southwest. Max is an avid botanist and plant photographer, and has catalogued over 1,200 native plants in the Sedona Oak Creek Canyon region. He is currently working on a treatment of the Genus Carex (Sedges) in Arizona. We began distilling essential oils together in 2005, and since then have distilled 60 different species of native and locally cultivated plants.Read more →
We specialize in Southwestern conifers: junipers, pines, firs, and spruce, as well as aromatic shrubs and herbaceous plants such as artemisias, sages, mints, and composites.
We distill small batches of traditional European herbs that are locally cultivated, both in our garden and on our friend's properties here in Sedona and the Verde Valley.
Hydrosols (also called hydrolats) are the water portion of the steam distillation process. They contain water soluble constituents and a minor amount of emulsified essential oil. Their aromatic character is often quite different from the essential oils.