Classic aromatherapy starts with a proper source material,
but the material itself is only one small part of the experience. How
the dried herbs are prepared is another facet of the equation that many
people either ignore or skip over entirely. In order to be sure the
user is getting the optimal experience, the maximum surface area
possible must be applied to the herbs. This allows the vaporization
process to more easily convert the aromatic compounds into vapor at an
even rate, while capturing every bit and wasting none. Without proper
preparation, the user might not be able to take full advantage of their
A lot of aromatherapy enthusiasts will simply ground up their herbs by hand, which is an option that can work for some, but the process is messy, and it rarely produces an even mixture. Often there are chunks left in the final preparation, which prevents it from being fully vaporized. In order to combat this issue, man has developed the herbal grinder. These simple yet highly effective devices are designed to work in the palm of your hand to easily grind your herbs down into a perfect blend of finely ground material that is ideal for most vaporizers.
Grinders come in all shapes and sizes, and they often have varied numbers of components. Some are simple two-piece grinders with a bottom and top piece that each have interlocking teeth when put together. Any herbs placed within the grinder will be pulverized by the interlocking teeth when the two are spun against each other. Some more complex grinders include a third component that turns the bottom component into a reservoir by incorporating the teeth into the new middle component. Once the herb is ground by the interlocking teeth in the first two components, smalls holes drilled in the bottom of the middle component allow the ground herbs to fall into the reservoir.
Those who want a top-of-the-line grinder should consider the Santa Cruz Shredder 4-Piece Grinder. This incredible grinder has a fourth piece that separates the bottom piece into a catching sifter and a pollen catcher. This allows the user to take full advantage of every aspect of their ground aromatic herbs. The grinder also comes with a pollen tool and a magnetic top that prevents the lid from detaching while in use. It's made from strong stainless steel, and it comes in several bold colors.