Hydrosol Made Easy at Home

What is a hydrosol?
Also known as “floral waters”, hydrosols are aromatic waters that result from the process of steam-distilling or hydro-distilling aromatic herbs. They are less concentrated than essential oils and therefore gentler and result in less potential side effects.

Benefits/How to Use
Hydrosols can be misted over the face as a toner/refresher or sprayed on the body. They can hydrate the skin, provide nutrients, balance skin issues, tighten pores, and cool inflammation. Hydrosols can be sprayed in the air of a room or on your pillow before bed to encourage a calm nervous system for a deeper sleep or to invite the energy of your chosen plant into your space.

What You’ll Need:

  • Large stainless steel pot with lid
  • Custard cup (Smaller stainless steel bowl) – 3 or 4 inches tall
  • Glass bowl
  • Distilled water
  • Ice cubes
  • Fresh plant matter


1. Sterilize materials and choose any fresh aromatic plant material that you have identified correctly and know if safe to use (this could be roots, bark, seeds, leaves, pinecones, etc., just make sure it’s aromatic). Some nice options are lavender, lemon balm, yarrow, rosemary, etc.

2. Place custard cup or whatever 3 or 4 inch bowl you are using upside down in the center of the pot and place your glass bowl on top of it.

3. Line the edges of your pot with 3 or 4 inches of plant material (just make sure your glass bowl is elevated above your plant material)

4. Pour water into the pot, just enough to cover the plant material.

5. Turn on the heat and bring the water to a boil, lower it to a simmer and place the lid of the pot upside down on the pot, placing ice cubes on the lid.

6. As the water simmers, the steam condenses on the lid of the pot, flows to the center and drips into your glass bowl (this is your hydrosol). As ice melts, get rid of the water and add more ice.

7. Check on it every 20 minutes. When it smells very aromatic, turn off the heat. Let the hydrosol cool and transfer it to a glass container. Transfer to a spray bottle to use as a mist or moisten a cotton ball to apply it face/body.

8. Compost used plant material

For more information on aromatherapy, check out Authentic Aromatherapy on Hoopla.

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