- Gather the raw ingredient – herb, flower or plant depending upon the time of year and prepare them for distillation
- Distil the prepared plant material
- Learn about indications and applications of hydrosols
- How to purchase small distillers for under $400
- Share and dialogue!
- Take home hydrosol of the afternoons distillation!
This distillation is to be held in late spring or early autumn to allow for the gathering of the plants and the full preparation process.
What are Hydrosols?
Hydrosols, also called floral waters, hydrolats or distillates, are a by-product of essential oil distillation. Ignored and discarded for a long time, hydrosols have recently been rediscovered for their therapeutic properties, which are similar to their corresponding essential oils, but much milder.
Hydrosols are used mainly in skin care, in cleansers, toners and anti-ageing serums and moisturisers. They are good for all skin types, both mature and young skins, balancing for both oily and dry skin types. They are antiseptic and are naturally pH balanced for the skin. In addition, many hydrosols are used in cooking as natural flavouring in various types of dishes, soups and deserts; particularly in fruit salads.