By Heidi Bethel


Nothing quite beats the calming, yet equally invigorating, aroma of a vibrant flowers basking in the sun’s rays. With plants sprouting and flowers in full bloom in the Sierra, here’s a look at everything essential oils including where you can see the plants being grown, places that bottle locally and some artists doing fun things with botanicals.

See the plants

Stop and smell the roses, and the lavender, and the violets. Even though the Nevada state flower is the almighty sagebrush, there are many indigenous plants producing impressive springtime blossoms. Take a stroll through a public garden to get your flower fix at Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden or the Rose Garden in Idlewild Park in Reno. The North Lake Tahoe Demonstration Garden at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village is a great place to learn more about native flora and fauna. washoecounty.us; demogarden.org

In the wild, explore the treks of the Tahoe Rim Trail including the Galena Falls, Big Meadow and Mount Rose Summit trailheads. Here you’ll gander upon fields of beautiful flowers with absolutely stunning backdrops. Or, head to Lake Forest Beach in Tahoe City for some beauty on the shores of Big Blue.

Bottled locally

Replenish Tahoe (Jeramie Lu)
Replenish Tahoe (Jeramie Lu)

If you’re like me, I absolutely love to capture sensory tidbits from the places I visit to take home. There are several local apothecaries and shops that make some great products using locally sourced ingredients. At Replenish Tahoe in South Lake Tahoe the scents are fantastic in their essential oil center. Be sure to sniff out their Lake Tahoe-shaped oil diffusers for the perfect way to spread some botanical love. replenishtahoe.com

Pantry Products (Jeramie Lu)
Pantry Products (Jeramie Lu)

Truckee Meadows Herbs and Remedies in Reno sells amazing essential oils and floral wares. Also in Reno, head to Mandala Massage Supply and Apothecary for pure products made with care. And, you can get sudsy with the goods from Tahoe Mountain Soap Company in South Lake Tahoe. truckeemeadowherbs.com; mandalamassagesupply.com; tahoemountainsoap.com

How about some spa and salon treatments with flowery bliss? Imagine Salon in South Lake offers a relaxation service including a hair treatment by Aveda using botanicals that strengthen and hydrate. At Pantry Products in downtown Reno, they create handmade small batch products that are chemical free and made with some serious love for the environment and body. They even have a Pantry Products Subscription Box, so you can have the goodness shipped direct to you every other month. imaginesalontahoe.com; shoppantryproducts.com 

Budding artists

At Botanical Arts Company in South Lake Tahoe, they really take the beauty of botanicals to a whole new level with amazing displays and decor. Inside this cozy cabin, you can also pickup any art supplies you may have forgotten and have some creative moments while you’re here. @botanicalartscompany

Whether it be to enlighten your mood, rid your body of a funky ailment, or just to enjoy the sweet scents of nature, essential oils and botanicals have tremendous powers. While you’re visiting Reno/Tahoe get an essence boost and brings some home with you to enjoy well into the future.