Purchasing Hydrosols

Throughout the year on the equinoxes and solstices, I teach a hydrosol distillation class. In those classes, the hydrosols and essentials oils that are produced capture what is growing in Atlanta at the turn of each season. Each blend is unique in its plant composition and therefore end product.

Spring Equinox Distillation 2022

 

 

 

 

TheSpring Equinox Hydrosol was distilled on March 20th 2022 on a warm sunny and windy day.  That morning at 8AM, I started harvesting the plants from my backyard and then drove to a friend’s house to harvest some lemon balm as mine wasn’t quite up yet. Once all the plants were harvested, I cut them up in the still, weighted them and added the right amount of water to the still pot. The distillation process lasted 2.5 hours and the end end result was 1L of hydrosol (with a tiny amount of essential oil) that was minty, refreshing and fresh in both smell and taste.

The ingredients are mountain mint, nettles, cleavers, lemon balm, ground ivy, purple dead nettle and  bee balm.

Summer Solstice Distillation

The Summer Solstice Hydrosolwas distilled on June 21st 2022 on a very hot sunny afternoon. I harvested all of the plants by 10 AM before it got to be in the 90s. I kept everything in water or in the fridge.  All of the plants except for a few 100 grams of lemon balm and yarrow came from my garden. It was so nice to be able to harvest everything in one spot, it felt like a true representation of the season transition. The distillation took 2 hrs and we ended up with 1L of hydrosol with a little bit of blue essential oil which gave a blue tint to the hydrosol.  It smells a lot like lemon balm but it also carries some of the smell and energy of the other plants. Yarrow and clary sage hydrosols are used together to adapt to new changes in life.

The ingredients are lemon balm, yarrow, clary sage, mimosa blossoms, lavender and nettles.

Fall Equinox Distillation

The Fall Equinox Hydrosolwas distilled on September 22nd 2022. This was a fun and energetic distillation since we were  interrupted by the rain a couple of times. The plants were harvested from three different places in Atlanta. The students of Urban Ag at Paideia harvested the shiso from their farm while I harvested the rest.  The hydrosol is spicy with sweet undertones. 

The ingredients are lemon balm, shiso, tulsi basil, goldenrod and nettles.

 

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These hydrosols are sold by donation to raise funds for the Fleur + Forage Free Clinic I run. Furthermore, 10% of each bottle sold will be donated to Grow A Row, a project meant to both nurture the Atlanta herb growing scene and also to help the free clinic source affordable herbs

The hydrosols are available to purchase in 2oz bottles with a spritzer top. They can be used as a freshener for the face, body or even your house. I also like to spritz a little in my water.

Each 2 oz bottle cost $20 + $3 for shipping. Make sure to email me your address at ml@fleurandforage.com or include it in the “Reason for Donation” box on the donation page along with the seasonal hydrosol you want.

Purchase a Hydrosol

You can also check out my Patreon page to receive all the seasonal hydrosols as part of the “Pleurisy Root” level.