WHAT IS A HYDROSOL?

Hydrosols, also known as hydrolats, distillates, or floral waters, are aqueous products of steam or hydrodistillation. They are colloidal suspensions of essential oils, plant acids, and water-soluble compounds. Our hydrosols are produced using fresh plant materials, and contain water from the plant along with the elemental essence and awareness imprint of the plant distilled. Microparticles of essential oil and water-soluble compounds give the hydrosol its aroma and therapeutic effects. 

 

As they are naturally acidic, these healing waters help to protect and repair the skin while providing nourishment and balance. Hydrosols are living herbal waters and have the ability to aid in protecting and nourishing the body. 

Coaxing the essence from the plant is an art that requires time, attention, and focus. Alchemists have practiced this art form for nearly 4,000 years; though the apparatus has evolved and taken on many forms, the method remains recognizable today. For hundreds, if not thousands of years, the alembic still has been handmade from copper. The copper plays a role in the distillation as it conducts heat and neutralizes certain compounds that are found in plants. Each distillation is seasonal, distinctive, and unique.

 

Distillation is a journey of the senses and incorporates earthen elements of earth, metal, fire, water, and air. From the smell of the first drops of distillate to the silky-smooth touch and feel of the finished hydrosol, distillation is an act of consciousness and creativity.  All of the elements are represented in the process and metaphorically speaking, the process can be used as a guide for navigating our internal emotional environment. The art of distillation is a map of our internal and external entanglements, guiding and revealing truths unknown to the participant. 

Organically grown, ethically harvested, and distilled in a copper alembic still in Ojai, California. We use pure mountain water from the Ojai Valley. This water is naturally alkaline and structurally complete.

As we distill specifically for hydrosols rather than essential oils, the distillate differs significantly from commercially produced hydrosols. As byproducts of the essential oil rather than the main distillate itself, most hydrosols on the market are an impoverished version of a true hydrosol, which is often milky or cloudy in appearance.

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