Welcome to ikarianature! We are Thodoris and Tara, a small family business, producing high quality, therapeutic grade essential oils and hydrosols from indigenous herbs of the island of Ikaria in Greece.
Currently we distill the following indigenous herbs of Ikaria:
Delivering our products to you
We deliver our essential oils in cobalt blue glass bottles of 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100ml with internal droppers and safety caps. They are clearly labeled and include herb common name, latin name, volume and batch number. In case of higher demand (and availability!) we provide 500ml and 1000ml aluminum bottles with specialized internal coating for essential oils, which provide extra safety during transport of larger quantities.
Hydrosols come in various packaging depending on the quantity and use needed. For immediate retail skin use, we provide 150ml plastic cobalt blue bottles with spray accessory on top. For immediate retail internal use, we have dark brown glass bottles of 1lt. For wholesale we can provide hydrosols in 5, 10 or 20lt PE-HD containers which are safe for transport. Again, all packaging is clearly labeled including herb name, Latin name, quantity and batch number.
When posting our products, whatever the means are, we make sure that everything is packaged safely, using soft materials to prevent breakage. If necessary due to volume size or weight, we package our products on ISO pallets and wrap them with black stretch film to hold them in place and avoid sunlight during transport.
We live in this place by choice. We chose a simple life, living close to nature, with respect for her and nourished by her on all levels.
We love and believe in the power of natural products, especially essential oils. We consider it our privilege to receive them and provide them for others. It is important to us that we retain their essence to the maximum, pure and unadalterated.
We believe in sustainability and this is an integral part of our whole process. We support a natural environment that can renew and multiply its resources without intervention. This ensures their viability over time.
We like to keep on learning and improving our work on all of its aspects. As long as we feel the ground stable under our feet, there is always something new to learn, a step further we can go.
We believe in sharing our work and our vision whenever we can. We especially love sharing the experience of producing our oils, from picking to distilling, with visitors in the spring and the summer.
If you’re a professional practitioner or retail business interested in our products, contact us for more details. We export all around the world. Keep in mind that in order to maintain high quality, we have and will always have a small production. Thus not all the range of our products will be available throughout the year.
Should you be in Athens, Greece, go to Sensities, a shop that specialises in essential oils. It’s right at the heart of the city, near Syntagma square, at Nikis 33 str. It’s an online shop as well and you can also order our products online.
When you come to Ikaria, you can find our essential oils and hydrosols in shops around the island:
- At the Women’s Cooperative of Raches, on the square of Christos, where you can also try one (or more) of their delicacies.
- When admiring the creations of Anna at Artemis Studio Arts & Craft shop in Armenistis.
- If you’re lucky to be staying at Karras’ Star Hotel, in its gift shop.
- While browsing through local products at “o Ψύλλος” (the flea) gift shop in Evdilos.
You are always welcome to visit us at our land/home/laboratory/distillery. You can see the full range of our products here and get a tour of our business or, if you’re up for it, book for a workshop. Email us to make an appointment.
Lavandula Stoechas is found all over the Mediterranean region. In Ikaria it is abundant and grows all over the island. In March the plants are flowering and it is a harbinger of Spring for us. Before the real heat begins, the flowers are sparkling, clean and fresh as the rains are still coming and going. The flowers are fat and juicy and seem to be spilling over with essential oil. A walk through an area dense with Lavandula Stoechas is also buzzing very intensely with bees and we walk very carefully and quickly to avoid stirring them up too much.Continue reading “The Wild Lavender wakes up”
Picking wild herbs is a highly debated issue. Man and animals have been picking and using herbs intuitively, since the beginning of their existence to address health problems or to promote their health. The have been doing it only when they needed it and only in the quantities they needed, with balance and sustainability, the key to manage any natural resource. The rise of the global commerce though, combined with the greed and opportunism of some people and companies, have devastated areas that were rich in wild herbs once.Continue reading “The ethics of picking from the wild”
It was spring 2011 when I experimented distilling the Ikarian Lavandula Stoechas in a small, desktop, glass distiller. The memory of that first attempt still brings shivers to me, the trembling excitement, being impatient, then watching magic happening right in front of me, first drops of essential oil, the smells! That’s it, I was hooked! Having come only recently to live a dream life on a dream island, stubborn Aries, hooked on extracting the island’s essence? There was only one possible way to go: forward!