The spiral year comes round again, marked by the seasons and the harvests they bring. This time of year, the air is filled with the delicate, floral scent of our dear Lilacs. Purple, white, pink, she shows up in many different forms.
This is our second year distilling Lilacs and as the heat hit the blooms and the most volatile floral notes hit the air, a smile creeps into my heart. This is what I live for. This intimate knowing of these beautiful flowers.
The steam distillation produces a concentrated water called Hydrosol.
So, why go through all of this trouble for some "plant water" (it took us 6 hours total for a little under a gallon of hydrosol)? Believe me, I don't just do this for the experience!! Think of a hydrosol as pure distilled plant water. The steam is able to break open and carry over all of the water soluble properties of that plant.
In Lilacs case, this hydrosol helps tighten, draw, and dry the skin when applied as a facial toner. I love using toners as a quick facial rinse when I'm on the go but I want to feel a bit brighter. You can use toners on torn tissues, cuts, athletes foot, vaginal tearing after birth, as an additive to baths, for rashes, add it to muffins or any other baked goods...the list goes on and on.
Here at Herbellion (interested in checking out what we have in stock? go here), we use hydrosols in lotions, as bath teas, and as toner & room sprays.
You can get pretty creative when using hydrosols. How would you want to use Lilac Hydrosol??