Alchemillas Apotek is now introducing HYDROSOLS!
Herbal distillates, also called floral water, hydrosol, hydrolate, herbal water and essential water, are aqueous products of distillation. They are colloidal suspensions (hydrosol) of essential oils as well as water-soluble components obtained by steam distillation from plants/herbs. These herbal distillates have uses as medicine , flavorings, and cosmetics (skin care).
Herbal distillates are produced in the same manner as essential oils. However, the essential oil will float to the top of the distillate where it is removed, leaving behind the watery distillate. For this reason perhaps the term essential water is more descript. In the past, these essential waters were often considered a byproduct of distillation, but now are considered an important co-product.
The science of distillation is based on the fact that different substances vaporize at different temperatures. Unlike other extraction techniques based on solubility of a compound in either water or oil, distillation will separate components regardless of their solubility. The distillate will contain compounds that vaporize at or below the temperature of distillation. The actual chemical components of distillates have not yet been fully identified, but distillates will contain essential oil compounds as well as organic acids and other water-soluble plant components. Compounds with a higher vaporization point will remain behind and will include many of the water-soluble plant pigments and flavonoids.
Herbal waters contain diluted essential oils. Besides aromatic chemicals, these distillates also contain many more of the plant acids than pure essential oils making them skin friendly.
I will sell my Organic Hydrosols in 50 ml brown glass bottles with a spray pump for 60 kr + shipping.
I will start introducing them very soon.
Meet Thyme, Oregano, Yarrow, Lady´s Mantle, Lavender, Sage, Elderflower, Rose, Pomgranate, Bayleaf, Lemonbalm, St Johns Wort, Fireweed among others.