Alice Encinas Duvernell, MA, is a French ethnobotanist who specializes in restorative community herbal aromatic therapies and product design for healing, culinary and cosmetic purposes. Her formal ethno-botany studies at the Sorbonne in Paris led her to travel to South America where she first started distillation and Botanical extractions. In the north east of Brazil she created an “open house” laboratory where she started teaching and collaborating with indigenous cultures and university leaders in the field. During her adulthood, she experienced sever acne and only found relief and recovery using botanicals, hydrosols, colloidal minerals and nutrients. This opened her heart to a great passion for organic cosmetology, botanical extraction techniques and foods for beauty.
Alice lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, teaching adults and children how to reconnect to their body through our heart connection to nature and self-healing power. She is passionate about every gift the earth brings to support optimal wellbeing, radiant skin, and balance of body and the mind. Some of her specialty domains are the medical and cosmetic uses of bee products, clays and oligo-minerals, homeopathy, cosmeceuticals, essential oils, botanical extraction techniques and herbal therapy.
She specializes in natural and organic based cosmetics, home products and aroma-edibles. She has developed curriculums in the domains of Botanical extraction and distillation, bee products, natural cosmetic emulsification and preserving systems, aromatherapy formulation and psycho-aromatherapy, and any subject related to the amazing capacity of nature to heal us. Alice is an enlightened plant and product educator.