Kristina Bauer, also known as the Untamed Alchemist, has enjoyed a lifelong fascination with herbs, essential oils, folk wisdom, natural history, and symbology. An inspired storyteller and energetic teacher, Kristina is an aromatherapist, herbalist, writer, and licensed massage therapist with over 25 years experience in the art and science of aromatherapy, herbalism, and natural living. Troubled by the surge in essential consumption coupled with “one-size-fits-all” recipes, Kristina is delighted to be partnered with Angela Ehmke in producing an aromatherapy documentary, Uncommon Scents, that explores what aromatherapy really is, how it works, where it is being leveraged, and why it matters. Uncommon Scents offers insights from a host of experienced and credible experts who hold aromatherapy to its highest standards.
Kristina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies and Religion from the University of Redlands’s Johnston Center, where she was empowered to design her own major (Empowering Women through Nature, Knowledge, Ritual, and Divination); her personalized degree program included heavy emphasis on Mother Earth chemistry including essential oils and herbs. After a 15-year career in marketing at a natural/organic consumer packaged goods company, Kristina put her attention to aromatherapy, herbalism, and natural living full time. In formalizing her aromatherapy education, she completed the Scholar’s Program at Aromahead Institute and participated in Aromahead’s Teacher Training program. Because her passion is as much in learning as in doing, Kristina continues to invest in literature, classes, workshops, and relationships with aromatherapy professionals, industry experts, and community forums. Kristina’s experience and formal and continuing education inform her teaching and writing as well as her practice in her business offering aromatics, herbs, oils, ritual and magical tools, and workshops along with massage, sound, and aromatherapy for one-to-one clients through Untamed Alchemy. She maintains a blog (theuntamedalchemist.com) to share articles on aromatics, herbs, oils, food, nature, magic, and life, thoughts on the field today, and the occasional recipe.
Kristina lives, gardens, writes, and teaches on the biodynamically-inspired homestead she shares with her Beloved and their animal family. She delights in the magic and inspiration found all around her.
Kristina is the Writer of the Uncommon Scents movie project on Aromatherapy.