The WOTE Difference

Wisdom of the Earth considers the practice of aromatherapy a sacred trust that has been handed down to us by the Plants & Trees and our Ancestors. 

Since the beginning, we have chosen to provide a holistic approach to the use of pure, undiluted essential oils, addressing mind, body and spirit, since these serve as the foundation of vibrant health.

We are frequently asked "What makes Wisdom of the Earth different from other aromatherapy companies?"

The WOTE Difference

Single, pure essences. No carrier oil dilutions, no additives or alterations to achieve a particular chemical profile. We believe that essential oils are most powerful when they are in their chemical integrity created by Nature.

No pre-mixed blends. In a world filled with human-made blends for everything from arthritis to skincare, we honor the incredibly complex blend that each single essence already represents...a dynamic blend created by Mother Earth, which reflects the living chemistry of each plant in a delicate, but powerful, balance.

While we use the oils in combination via the “layering” of two or more single essences at the time of application, we do not subscribe to the concept of pre-mixed blends, as we feel it reduces the healing potency of an oil.

Hand-pouring. We believe at WOTE that hand-pouring the essences into the bottles we sell enhances the vibration of the oil and maintains and affirms the human connection with the Plant Kingdom. They are poured in an honoring and peaceful environment by humans, not machines.

Education. Because we feel that blending the oils compromises their healing potency and does not empower the individual (because someone else has chosen which oils and how much to put in that blend...often with profit in mind, not healing), we, instead, seek to educate the individuals who reach out to us -- whether it be via our classes, a personal consultation, or providing general product information -- so that they can make an informed choice from among the numerous options suitable for each situation and use them in a way that is effective and safe.

Artisan farmers, Heart-based suppliers and Shared values with our Suppliers, Students and Clients. We believe that it is important to maximize the plant-human relationship, as we feel that increases the healing power of the essences. Therefore, we love to work with farmers who love their plants and are passionate about the essential oils they help bring into the world. Many of our farmers couldn’t supply the larger aromatherapy companies for a day...we have consciously remained small to enable us to remain true to our original buy from small, family farms, where possible, and always, no matter the size of the company, have a personal relationship with our suppliers.

Recently, a lovely Greek producer and I chatted back and forth on LinkedIn...we began exploring working together, and I mentioned that we highly value lavender for its pain-reduction properties. He excitedly told me about a salve for sore or tight muscles that one of the women in his office had made with several natural ingredients, one of which was the lavender from their small-scale farm. They were not marketing the product, but in an unexpected and lovely gesture, he took the trouble to send me some, all the way from Greece as a gift! It was wonderful, but even more wonderful was that it was an example of how personal our relationships with our suppliers are. 

When Barry Kapp and I first created Wisdom of the Earth almost 25 years ago, we met with many of our farmers, both US and international, and personally toured their facilities and explored with them how the various essences they produced might serve to enhance health and well-being. In this way, we benefited from their extensive knowledge and were able to bring uncommon and exciting essences, such as Ponderosa Pine essential oil, Cucumber Seed Oil, Rhododendron essential oil, Helichrysum hydrolat and White Cinnamon (sugandha koikila) essential oil to our clients. We have literally dozens and dozens of stories about our experiences with our farmers, some of which I plan to commit to video and post on this site. Another future project!

A client once said to me: “Your oils stand apart from the rest, because I know where they come from! I know that you personally know many of your sources, your essences are hand-poured, and you do everything you do with LOVE!"

I believe that sums up the Wisdom of the Earth Difference beautifully! Thank you, Lynn!