The distillation process is pure magic…uniting all the elements; water, fire, earth and air in such a way that the plant’s most intimate nature is revealed. Wise ones say that the purest expression of the spirit of a plant or flower is its distilled essence.
We’re excited to offer you our line of exceptional quality water-based medicinal extractions! Our "bouquet batch" hydrosols (water solutions) are slowly distilled using freshly gathered plants from our gardens or the wilds nearby.
HERBS (earth) – freshly gathered herbs, flowers and barks simmer (fire) in the full round belly of the copper still and as they do, aromatics and other water soluble constituents of the plant rise up (air) with the steam and spiral down through the coils in the cooling condenser where they are transformed back into a liquid that contains not only the aromatic and medicinal plant consituents, but the intracellular plant waters (water), like sap, the essence, the life blood of the plant. The natural essential oils that emerge in the hydrosol remain contained within their original plant matrix, and thus in the ratio that nature intended, so are both safe and ecologically sustainable.
WATER - The pure spring water we use to make our Alchemical Essences comes from an ancient glacial lake deep under the earth’s surface…its incredibly pure waters bubble up out of several springs on our land.
THE COPPER STILL - Copper adds antimicrobial properties to the hydrosol which helps extend the shelf life of our Alchemical Essences. Aurvedic medicine greatly values waters that have been held in a copper vessel and it is widely believed that copper results in a superior distillate. Copper has long been associated with Great Mother and thus emanates a magical reflective energy that enhances the expression/reception of feminine divine energy.
Our Hydrosols are ALCHEMICAL ESSENCES - they are an energetically/vibrationally crisp and clean product. They are naturally, beautifully fragrant, potent, pure and deeply healing water extractions.
They can be used topically as a spray, splash, wash or compress and are safe for internal use - a few drops diluted in hot or cold water, tea, vinegar or alcohol creates an array of healthful and delicious beverages. Added to culinary dishes and desserts hydrosols offer a depth and range of flavor beyond compare.
Our Hydrosols come to you in a 3.5 oz tall green glass bottle with a spray top, all thoroughly sterilized before filling.
Handle with care. Store in a cool place. Shelf life for most hydrosols is 12-24 months.
Please note - as of July 19, 2018 we are in distillation production, making all new batches of our hydrosols with fresh flowers and other plant parts grown right here in our gardens (with the exception of sandalwood which is obtained from a sustainable source.) We have closed ordering for now, until the new batches are bottled and ready to go. We estimate a mid-August return to opening orders. Thank you for your patience.
Rose - Rosa rugosa, R gallica – good for just about everything from stress and insomnia to sunburn and wound care! Humectant, adds and retains moisture in the skin, suitable for all skin types, normal, dry, mature, damaged, sensitive. Revitalizing, cooling, mildly astringent. Hormone balancing for all ages when taken diluted internally. Rose has a great affinity for the heart and the emotional spheres of body, mind and spirit. Spray often to promote balance and emotional processing. Try a dropper full in desserts, beverages, or a glass of wine or champagne.
Sandalwood – Santalum album - True sandalwood hydrosol is exceedingly rare in the marketplace. Our Indian sandalwood is sustainably grown and harvested in Australia. It is exceptional when used for skin care, especially when used to treat acne and any red, irritated, rashy, itchy skin condition. Slightly drying and astringent, mildly antiinflammatory, makes an excellent after shave. Balancing and calming to both the skin and the mind, use in the morning to prepare yourself for the day ahead.
Rose Attar - Rose & Sandalwood – exotic, woodsy, aphrodisiac, fabulous as a spray for your body, hair, bed linens, clothing. Combines the medicinal benefits of both herbs.
Lavender – Lavendula officinalis – “If an azure sky on a summer day had a smell, this would be it.” Ideal for all skin types, regenerative effects for damaged or fragile skin. Spray on before and after shaving or hair removal to reduce inflammation, to get a closer shave and prevent ingrown hairs. Use to calm and cool burns, heat rash, diaper rash, bug bites and itching, to cleanse cuts and bruises. Calming and refreshing, excellent to relax and soothe babies and children. use in baby’s room before bedtime. as compress for headaches, sore neck and shoulders.
Witch Hazel – Hamamelis virginians - Classic, true, distilled witch hazel. Contains no alcohol as store-bought does. The essence of astringent. Use to tighten tissue, heal wounds, close cuts and astringe and soothe whatever ails the skin. Reduces redness, rashes, itching, swelling and scaling of skin. Exceptionally soothing, antseptic, somewhat analgesic. Witch hazel creates a protective layer over exposed tissue, thus enhances healing, prevents infection. Use to soothe/shrink hemorrhoids, vericose veins.
Rose & Witch Hazel - Combines the benefits of both rose and witch hazel.
Aqua di Succinum - Baltic Amber - Succinic acid is water soluble. This distilled Baltic amber resin extraction should contain all the medicinal benefits of succinum, written about on the Baltic amber page on our website. Use topically to discourage bacterial, fungal and parasitic infection and internally to boost immunity and enhance vitality.
Lemon Balm - Melissa officinalis – calming, tranquilizing, use for children and adults diagnosed with ADHD. Soft, sweet and delicious when diluted in water for a daily beverage. Calms stress, anxiety, childhood hysterics. Safe during pregnancy, eases morning sickness. Excellent digestive tonic, relieves intestinal cramps and spasms. Flu protective - spray around the house often during flu season.
Lemon Verbena – Lippia citriodora - Distinctly lemon but not citrusy…delicate, gentle, sweet, fresh lemon scent. Powerful mental relaxant and stress remover. Stimulates the endocrine system, particulaly the thyroid and pancreas. A strong antiinflammatory with an affinity for muscous membranes of the mouth and nose, spray on gums daily to enhance their health, gently into nostrils when dry air is a problem. Highly energetic, the imprint of the plant in the water base is very strong and when combined with energy healing techniques, the effects can be extraordinary. (S.Catty) - I'll make more of this when I get to Italy in October.