How to Make an Herbal Hydrosol/Floral Water
In the last post we talked about herbal hydrosols – how they are created and what they are used for. Normally hydrosols are created when an essential oil is distilled. But did you know there is a relatively easy way you can create an herbal hydrosol at home in your kitchen?
It won’t be exactly the same as what you would get if you were using a giant, temperature-controlled distiller on a timer, but it’s a nice substitute that will still be infused with the wonderful fragrance of the herbs or flowers you’re using and many of the benefits. And it’s super simple to make! You’ll find that making a hydrosol at home adds wonderful fragrance to your entire home. Once it has cooled, you can put it in a spray bottle and spritz it where ever you like! Try spritzing on clean bed sheets for heavenly sleep… or your closet, laundry room, bathroom, or living room.
It’s wonderful to use as natural fragrance instead of today’s toxic, chemically scented perfumes and colognes.
You can also use hydrosols for specific purposes, like pet care, because hydrosols are not as concentrated as essential oils and are often better tolerated by small animals.
I got this recipe from Kami McBride at LivingAwareness.com:
Making An Herbal Hydrosol
- Put a 5 gallon enamel pot on the stove and put a brick in the bottom of the pot
- The plant oils will have precipitated into the metal bowl on top of the brick. Be careful to not let the melted ice water drip into the bowl. Let the smell from the plant oils that have been captured in the bowl waft through your house. Take the liquid that has settled into the metal bowl and put it into a sterilized mason jar or a spray bottle. You now have an herbal hydrosol! Easy!
Your herbal hydrosol is stable for six months to one year (but it’s best to keep it refrigerated). Spray the herbal hydrosol around the house, in your car or use it as a bathroom freshener.
Here Are Some More Ways To Use Your Herbal Hydrosol
One half cup eucalyptus hydrosol One half cup lavender hydrosol Put in a spray bottle
Driving hydrosol (helps to keep you alert)
One half cup orange peel hydrosol One half cup rosemary leaf hydrosol
House cleaning hydrosol
One half cup lavender hydrosol One half cup eucalyptus hydrosol
This is a great disinfectant that can be used to wipe down counters and clean the shower
Sleepy time hydrosol
One half cup lavender hydrosol One quarter cup lemon balm hydrosol One quarter cup lemon verbena hydrosol
Home made herbal hydrosols are an easy and inexpensive way to augment the use of aroma in your home. Let the healing pleasure of scent become part of your everyday life!
Pet care hydrosol recipes coming soon.