Let's talk about hydrosols for a moment <3
The thing about herbalism is the range of botanical information and use is so vast, there's constantly room for growth and new passions. From growing to cooking to making medicine. From foraging to teaching. There's something for everyone. I'm constantly learning and constantly in awe. Sometimes something I stumble on will spark an intense fire in my heart and I pursue it with all I have. Then, as you continue on your journey, those passions come together as never ending collective knowledge that just keeps growing. It can never be rushed and has to come from deep passion.
As you know, we don't use any essential oils (I've posted in depth previously on this topic before in case you're curious 🥰). I do however believe in the power of aromatherapy. Most recently I've been completely absorbed with hydrosols. It's truly an ancient alchemical art form and dates back past 5000 BC. They're not a byproduct (at least its not supposed to be), it's not essential oils added to water. Its cellular water. It's safe, its gentle, it's sustainable. When its distilled properly, traditionally in a copper alembic still, it needs no preservative. They're incredibly versatile and are the true art of aromatherapy. Definition (courtesy of Jeanne Rose): HYDROSOL: the aromatic non-alcoholic distillate left from the distillation process of organically grown plants that contains water-soluble cellular parts of the plant material, its cellular water.
Next Spring, at the start of the growing season I plan to purchase an Alembic Still for the store, so we can make some in house hydrosols with local fresh plant material. I plan on taking this winter to learn and absorb everything I can to get ready for it. Until then, I've been able to get ahold of Harvest to Hydrosol and am slowly absorbing as much information as possible.
We currently stock certified organic hydrosols from Mountain Myst Organics. They were the first hydrosol distiller that made my heart excited. They're artisan distillers by a family, and all plants are grown and harvested on their family farm or they contract with other small local (to them) organic farms. They don't distill them as by-products and they're incredibly fresh. They carry hydrosols that I havent been able to find or have seen anywhere else, even online and even can work with me on custom distillation. Some of their recipes date back to the 1400s 😱
Here's a little bit of information about both Elderflower hydroxyl and its traditional uses (again, no claims being made just sharing information)
Elderflower hydrosol is a powerful antiviral, and incredibly uplifting and a perfect fit for 2020. Being a hydrosol it's incredibly gentle (safe for kids, elderly and folks prone to sensitivities). It has great immune supporting properties, as Suzanne Catty says "Take one teaspoon every hour at the first sign of a cold and you probably will never succumb to the infection." It's also a circulatory stimulant and muscle compress. One of the benefits I've really enjoyed is it's calming properties and ability to aid with easing stress. Traditionally it's been used to cool anger and is grounding. The scent is sweet, and slightly fruity. It reminds me a bit of honey but with an earthy tone. I've really enjoyed it as a natural perfume, toner and makeup remover. The uses are endless. Internally as well as topically as it also has astringent properties.
These are in 2oz amber spray bottles and are 9. We can also fill custom sizes