The Untamed Alchemist is Kristina Bauer, a writer, crafter, cook, gardener, herbalist, aromatherapist, and witch with over 30 years experience engaged in the art and science of Mother Earth chemistry and magical alchemy.
An inspired storyteller, energetic teacher, armchair botanist, and joyful soul, Kristina delights in the magic and inspiration found in nature, archetypes, and lore.
Kristina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies and Religion; her alma mater, the University of Redlands, afforded her the opportunity to create a personalized major (Empowering Women through Nature, Knowledge, Ritual, and Divination) through their Johnston Center program. Kristina’s resulting degree studies provided her with an unusual education in a combination of women’s studies, liberation theology, and creative spirituality with express emphasis on folklore, mythology, pagan studies, Mother Earth chemistry, mythology, and symbology.
From college, Kristina went to work in the non-profit sector before beginning a career in administration and marketing. After almost two decades with a natural/organic consumer packaged goods company, Kristina put her attention to writing, creating, and teaching as The Untamed Alchemist™ full time.
With an emphasis on her passions–aromatics, herbs, oils, food, nature, magic, and life–Kristina shares her experiences, insights, recipes, and rants.
When she launched her blog in 2012, Kristina also began pursuing additional education in both familiar and uncharted areas. She has completed courses and programs through Aromahead, Aromagnosis, Circle H Institute, The Heal Center, Santa Fe School of Massage, American College of Healthcare Sciences, Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, The Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy, The Herbal Academy, and many more.
In addition to her work with herbs, oils, and body work, Kristina is an experienced baker, fermenter, dehydrator, home brewer, knitter, biodynamic enthusiast, cheese maker, distiller, and more. All of her classroom and life experiences inform her teaching and writing as The Untamed Alchemist™ and the work emerging through her business, Untamed Alchemy®.
For the time being, Kristina’s energy is focused on work with Angela Ehmke to produce the aromatherapy documentary Uncommon Scents, for which Kristina is writer, director, and an executive producer.
With the film now in post-production, Kristina hopes to return to her creative farm life (as well as teaching!) by the end of 2018.