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Making Herbal Hydrosol aka Floral Water at Home — 11 Comments

  1. I love this info! Its helps alot! Just got one question? I bought a distiller a glass one but small one with a condenser is this the right thing to make hydrosols with or am i fishing without bait?

  2. Liam,

    I’m not an expert at making hydrosols, so I don’t know for sure, but it sounds like it could work.

    Is there anyone out there who has more info and could comment?

  3. I’ve made some already and they brilliant! Such a freshness about them! I almost send my precious little baby back! But now im holding onto it! There is a chef that wants me to send him hydrosol sprays for his desserts! Well thanks for the encouragement, im staying on a full organic farm and we have a huge vegetable garden so i have alot to make hydrosol from! Im from south africa by the way

  4. Liam,

    Glad it worked! It sounds like your hydrosol turned out wonderfully!

    And, yummm, putting a sweetly-scented floral water/hyrosol in or on a dessert sounds exquisite!

  5. Its super! The chef calls it the science of cooking, got four orders for sprays already! Haven’t even started a business yet, hey all i can say is God is truelly faithful! He supplies our every need! I still would like any tips or advice you can give would be nice?

  6. What can I do with the water that I press out of the marc (the plant material)?

  7. Laura,

    If you mean the hydrosol water, you can spray it around the room for a delightful scent. You can breathe it in for therapeutic effects. You can spritz it on your clothes and linens. You can spritz it on your face to refresh yourself and hydrate your skin, and spritz it on your arms and legs, as well. There’s an endless amount of things you can do with it!

  8. about 4 oz. rose petals in 4 cups water yielded less than a quarter cup of hydrosol. I could tell the process was done, because I started to smell the roses burning. The remaining water was trapped in the petals and I pressed out maybe a cup of dark red liquid. It is this liquid I’m wondering what to do with. I went ahead and further distilled this can got even less hydrosol out of it. You could say I even cheated and added a couple more cups of water to try to get more goodies out of what was still in the pot, which is just getting thicker and darker.

  9. Laura,

    Roses do not produce very much essential oil. The reason Rose oil is so expensive is because it is among the most expensive of the aromatic oils to produce. For one, it is very labor-intensive to extract. The second reason is that it takes over 200 pounds of rose petals to produce one ounce of rose oil – that’s over 60,000 roses!

    So don’t be discouraged if you don’t get very much. I don’t know that much about oil distillation, but I found an article on How to Extract Oil From Dried Rose Petals at Home. Extracting oil from fresh rose petals is much better than from dried.

    Although, there should be more hydrosol than there will be essential oil.

    It sounds like you are using red roses to get rose water. Rose water and essential oil are not normally produced from red roses. The varieties used for rose water or oil are the pink Bulgarian Rosa damascena (high in citronellol) or the Morrocan Rosa centifolia (high in phenyl ethanol), used in Turkey. They are very different in color, aroma and therapeutic action.

    The Rosa centifolia is the one used for perfumes due to its clear and sweet, honey-like fragrance, while the Rosa damascena has historically been used for both perfume and therapeutic purposes.

    I’m not sure what kind of roses you are using, but I don’t know if you can get the same results at home as with professional equipment.

    If the water is getting thicker and darker, it sounds more like it is turning into tea. That could be because it wasn’t distilled long enough at a low enough temperature, or it’s just the wrong variety of rose.

    There are instructions here on how to extract oil from roses using oil: http://www.ehow.com/how_4885082_extract-oil-roses.html

    There is another very interesting article here about Oman’s Rose Water in Jebel Akhdar

  10. Hey its me again! Hydrosols are amazing really! I made a cinnamon one its incredible! But don’t spray your face! It’ll burn ur eyes! The options for hydrosols are endless! Im planning to make a hydrosol from propolis its a very healthy substance that bees use to seal there hive with and its used in some toothpastes and in surgery sterilizing

  11. Liam, I keep 12 hives of bees too and am wondering if you have successively made the hydrosol with propolis? And how you plan to use it? Sounds really interesting!

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