INTERVIEW WITH THE DIVINE HAG
AFTER OUR OWN EXPLORATION OF THE ‘HAG’ IN OUR EDITORIA, ‘LAMENT FOR A DEATH FORETOLD’,
WE CONTINUE THE JOURNEY THROUGH AN INTERVIEW WITH THE BRAND’S CREATOR,
PHOTOS BY GRANT NICOLSON
How did the name ‘The Divine Hag’ come about?
It came about after a conversation with my daughter and son-in-law. I was looking for a name which would have a meaningful and memorable resonance for me and my brand. I said that I should be ‘The Cailleach’, which is Scottish Gaelic for ‘The Old Woman’ and a name that my grandmother was often called. She was a war widow who brought up five children single handedly and who always had an open door, offering home baked scones for anyone passing. She had a wicked humour and did not suffer fools; I am honoured to have been loved and taught by her. My son-in-law responded to this by saying, ‘Oh The Divine Hag’. After some research, I found that ‘The Divine Hag’ is a Creator, Weather and Ancestor deity, as well as an Ancient Crone of Wisdom. The Hag is also Celtic deity and the Scottish version originates in Argyll where I grew up. I also wanted to acknowledge the wisdom of age, which is something I believe is sadly no longer being treasured. I also wanted to reclaim the title ‘Hag’ which has been devalued and made a derogatory term. I am proud to be old enough to be a ‘Hag’ and wear the name with pride. I also discovered that ‘Hag’ is also derived from the Greek word ‘Hagia’, meaning ‘Holy’, that is, a Holy Woman, a Mystic and a Bridge between Heaven and Earth.
The logo is a representation of the Celtic Triple Goddess, embodying the innocence and magikal qualities of the Maiden, the magnificence and power of the Mother and the wisdom and ease of the Crone.
The sprays that I blend recognise these three ages, with a spray for Period Relief, a spray to relieve Nausea and morning sickness, a spray to help ease labour and a spray to help relieve the symptoms of Menopause.
Can you describe the process in perfecting your blends?
The process very much depends now on whether I am making a custom blend for a client or if I am devising a new recipe. I love sourcing and using more unusual and organic oils so I do quite a bit of research at this point, both on the oils, and on the source. I then experiment with different amounts of my chosen oils, making sure that they are layered and that their qualities are lasting. When I feel that the blend is correct, I give it to my small tester group for their feedback before then releasing the spray.
I have found the blends to work wonders, especially with my headaches; how did you discover the blends that help with migraines?
I suffer from a rare debilitating form of migraine (hemiplegic migraine) and have had migraines since I was 12 years old. These are often brought on by scents and I have therefore been the perfect guinea pig for the sprays, particularly with my hyper sense of smell, which is a side effect of my migraines. Originally, I wanted to provide something pure and organic that would not bring on my migraines and from that, I then moved towards easing them. This was done quite instinctively.
What can people expect from your workshops in Edinburgh and London?
My workshops entail a short talk about the history of Aromatherapy, how to mix oils, how to balance the notes for a lasting effect, information about the properties of the oils and also what the various oils are useful for. People are then given a bottle with the distilled water and they experiment adding different oils themselves. They note down the amount of oils they have added, giving them their own custom blend to replicate at home.
How does your custom blending service work?
It very much depends on the client and it involves a visit to where the blend will be used, whether it be in the home, office, salon or clinic etc. We discuss their fragrance likes and dislikes and whether they require spray or oil blends and how many variations they require. I then provide an agreed number of variations around the information they have given me and this will be refined over an agreed number of visits. The recipe will then be used exclusively for them and will be held safely in our workshop for when top ups are needed. The cost for an agreed amount of supply is included in the custom blend cost.
MARGARET MORRISON-MACLEOD WAS INTERVIEWED BY KIRSTY WALDEN
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