What's a Hydrosol? + DIY: Imitation Hydrosol
You may have noticed that many of our new recipes in our updated Applications and Recipes section call for hydrosols. What exactly is a hydrosol and where can you find them? A hydrosol, also known as a plant water, hydrolat, essential water, and herbal distillate is the liquid byproduct of steam distilling an essential oil. Hydrosols have many of the same therapeutic benefits as essential oils, but are much gentler and have a softer aroma than essential oils. Many hydrosols are encouraged to be used internally for their health benefits, and can be used on children of all ages due to their gentle nature- something that isn’t generally recommended of essential oils. Enough said! Now where do you find hydrosols?
Like most things these days, you can purchase hydrosols online, and they will be added to our shop shortly! But in true Edens Garden fashion, we’re going to take the road less traveled by for today’s DIY, and make our very own imitation hydrosol. Trust us, it’s easier than it sounds and requires ingredients found in your garden or local nursery.
This method of distillation is carried out by boiling and then simmering the plant material, creating steam. The steam is cooled as it rises to the lid, which is cooled by the ice. The steam is then collected as it drops into a container, producing a plant water similar to a hydrosol. The finished product can be used as food or beverage flavorings, in skin and hair care, in sprays and as a substitute for hydrosols. Lastly, we recommend using Rose, Lavender or Peppermint for this recipe, but other plant material can be used as well, like Jasmine petals, Pine needles, and more. Different plant material can also be combined using this recipe to make a combination imitation hydrosol.
What you need
- Large pot with lid
- 1 Large heat-safe bowl
- 1 Smaller heat-safe bowl
- 5 C. Rose petals, Lavender, or Peppermint plant
- Place your large heat-safe bowl in the stock pot, opening down. Place the second, smaller bowl on top of the larger bowl. The smaller bowl should sit flat over the bottom of the larger bowl.
- Put the plant material around the bottom of the pot (not in the bowl). Cover plant material with water. Water should come just below the top of the larger, bottom bowl.
- Place the lid upside down to cover the pot. Fill a large freezer bag with ice, seal and place on top of the lid of the pot.
- Boil the water, then let simmer for 30 minutes. Replace the bag of ice, if it melts.
Carefully remove from heat. Pour the water collected in the bowl, into a container, like our Amber Glass 250 ml bottle. Store in the fridge for the longest shelf life, or a cool, dark and dry area.