Menteath

 

 

With an affinity for the natural world and the beauty of the Sussex Downs and the dramatic Scottish landscape, I create sensual products to soothe the mind and support the body recreating scents and emotion in each bottle blend to mark my journeys across these wild landscapes.

I have fused traditional smoke rituals from the Middle East and Old England, bringing together ancient traditions, conservation, wildlife, with beauty in nature. The history of our sacred trees has long inhabited our forests in England, reigniting the life journey and meaning of Paganism and how we connect with our woodlands and the animals that inhabit it.

My holistic approach is respectful of the British Isles’ ancient history of working in harmony with the land – from the wild meadows of the south, to the ancient herbs of the north.

My smoke infusion process replicates an ancient ritualistic practice of smoke bathing, often referred to as Dukhan in countries like Sudan. This Arabic practice involves smoking scented wood, such as talih and shaff, and often sandalwood - Trees which are considered to have spiritual and healing properties.

Once the wood is smouldering a blanket of thick wool is draped over the body to create a chamber of smoke. The process is used in regions historically to treat arthritis and remove toxins from the skin. I embody this ritual to recreate Dukhan through my range of plant derived smoked infused oils. Made using the most natural and eco- harmonious ingredients I can source.

My approach to smoke infusing draws on the Pagan tradition of finding your way into and through the forest. For me, coming to know a forests open space and groves, its trickles and wild flowers, the high spots and shady valleys, the tangled roots and dark corners, learning the paths within, and the way of all who inhabit the forest. I harvest fallen trees four times a year in line with the seasons in two woodland locations in Sussex, England, and Perthshire, Scotland. Each tree species allows me to create small batches of beautifully fragranced plant-derived oils.