In the nineties while studying aromatherapy I was introduced to hydrosols, which back then were considered a “by product” of the distillation process. This was just before author Suzanne Catty released her pioneering book Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy.
“The word hydrosol, ‘hydro’ water and ‘sol’ solution means water solution and refers to the fact that a hydrosol is water that contains plant molecules and is produced alongside essential oil in the process of steam distillation, it is sometimes referred to as flower water. Hydrosols are much safer and easier to use than essential oils and have great potential for use both in physical ailments and when working on a subtle, emotional level. Mankind has distilled plants in order to extract their aromatic core for thousands of years and there is evidence that all the major civilizations used this form of extraction. When artisan distillers extract their own hydrosols the plant seems to open up on another level allowing us to come into contact with its healing vibration with ease and clarity, thus deepening our knowledge and intuitive information about it. There is a time for everything and although there are herbalists that have been distilling and using hydrosols regularly for years.”
~ Dr. Florian Birkmayer
This jasmine sambac hydrosol has been artisan distilled within handblown glass alembics. The very special elixir has a delicate, ethereal quality which makes one feel as if you are attending a fairy feast with Queen Mab or with the Elves of Rivendell
Hydrosols may be used as an aromatic mist for the complexion, as a spritz into water as a flower tonic or used for culinary delights such as the Persians use of rose water. John Steele states that “Drinking this beautiful floral hydrosol with others creates a shared immersive field, which makes fuels our imagination.”
I am offering this beauty in 1 ounce amber bottles and 4 grams in the Eau de Parfum bottle for those who want a small amount in a pretty bottle while supplies last. Perfect for bringing in floral consciousness as we enter Spring in the northern hemisphere.
On Monday, April 24th in Agoura Hills we are having a Hydrosol Encounter with Dr. Florian Birkmayer and Cathy Skipper. Join us and be part of the shared immersive field of these gentle vibrational tonics that have so much to teach us!