For the past few years, I have been albsolutely enamored with hydrosols.  Hydrosols, or floral waters, are created by steam distilling plant materials.  Sometimes they are byproducts of essential oil production, but at their best, they are artisan distilled by creators such as Dabney Rose and The Scented Djinn.  They contain all of the essence of the plant itself, like essential oils, but in a much less concentrated form.  Organic artisan hydrosols can be used externally on the skin, taken internally in drinks and cooking (who knew?), and used in skin care products.

I have known about lavender, rose, helichrysum, sandalwood and other more common hydrosols for the longest, but recently discovered a range of hydrosols at Dabney Rose and some unique ones at The Scented Djinn as well (linked above).  Honey hydrosol?  Green Tea hydrosol?  White Nectarine?  My mind was doing back flips!  Do you use hydrosols?  If so, how often?  What are your favorite hydrosols and why?  How do you incorporate them into your life?

Image of a steam distiller, copyright Mountain Rose Herbs.com
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