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What are Hydrosols?

A History of Ancestral Beauty & Healing

The love and lore of Hydrosols goes back thousands of years. Remains of a ceramic still found in Pakistan have been dated as early as 500 bc, where the distillates were used much like they are today: topical and internal therapeutic uses. A major leap in distillation occurred in the16th century with the invention of the condensing coil. This spiraled coil causes separation between essential oil and distillate, birthing the art and alchemy of modern distillation that we use to create our Hydrosols.

Each Hydrosol holds the story of it’s journey from seedling, plant, flower, and distillate.

Hydrosols are the liquid product of the distillation process.  When a plant is distilled, heat and steam open the cells to release the vapor of volatile oils and phytochemicals. This vapor then becomes condensed back into liquid, producing the final hydrosol and essential oil extraction from the plant material. 

In Kurt Schnaubelt’s book Medical Aromatherapy, he explains “their [hydrosols] composition is different from that of the essential oil: richer in water-compatible components and free of very lipophilic substances such as terpene hydro-carbons.  This means highly tolerable, anti-inflammatory, and anti-septic substances are found in hydrosols.”

Our Hydrosols embody an interconnectedness with the plant as a fractal. This concept fascinates me as a distiller. Each drop of Hydrosol contains all of the information of the plant while suspended in a matrix of spring water- creating a beautiful and complex colloidal mixture that brings effective skin nutrition with every application.