We hear a lot about essential oils but what are hydrosols?
It's hard to talk about essential oils without talking about hydrosols because essential oils cannot be made without also making hydrosol. Hydrosols are the pure, natural waters that are produced during the steam or hydro distillation of plant materials such as flowers, leaves, needles and twigs, resins, roots, seeds, and woods. They are produced during the same distillation process that also extracts the essential oils. Essential oils are the highly concentrated aromatic extracts that contain the oil soluble components of the plant. Hydrosol contains all of the water soluble components of the plant's essence, including natural alcohols, acids and tannins as well as a very small amount of essential oil suspended within it. Hydrosols are not as concentrated as essential oils so they can be used undiluted on the skin. They are safe and gentle for all ages and for those with sensitive skin offering subtle aromatherapy and therapeutic benefits.
How does your process work?
We start with the highest quality local plants handpicked at their peak of freshness. Using a traditional copper alembic still, we pack the column with the plant material. As the water in the pot underneath comes to a boil, steam rises up through the plants bursting essential oil containing glands. The essential oil vapor mixes with the steam and rises into the coils of the condenser. The tank cools the vapor and steam producing both essential oil and hydrosol. Our copper still is a thing of beauty, hand-hammered and imported from Portugal, and produces the sweetest hydrosols. Would you like to see it in action? See our video below or click here.
How to use Hydrosols
We use hydrosols in place of water in our soap making, and other formulations. They have many uses, here are just some:
We have four hydrosols available at this time. They were extracted in March and April of this year, 2020. The botanicals were planted, grown, harvested and extracted right here on our property in Oak Run, California, by our own hands. From us to you.
Check out our hydrosols here.
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