Hydrosols are usually a byproduct of making essential oils and, as such, share a very similar manufacturing process. There are a wide range of cedar leaf hydrosol manufacturers out there, so we thought it would be a good idea to look at just how hydrosols are made. That way, you know a little more about the products that you’re buying.
It all starts with the root ingredient, which may or may not be an actual root! We collect only the best base ingredients harvested from the best farms in the world. Where we can, we buy local and organic, hoping to stimulate the local economy and keep the economic, as well as all the other benefits of our business and products, as local as possible. For ingredients that can’t be found locally, we try our best to buy from fairly traded and organically produced crops. Since hydrosols are the distilled essence of some of the world’s most fascinating and powerful plants, we need to make sure that the product is of the highest quality. Anything that gets into the plant, from pesticides to chemical fertilizers, is likely to end up in the hydrosol if we’re not careful. So we make sure to buy the right product.
Once we have the root ingredient, whether it’s cedar leaves or hibiscus flower petals, is prepped for distillation. This can include gentle cleaning and even a bit of mashing, if necessary. The purpose is to remove as many contaminants as possible before the distillation process begins. Just like fertilizers and pesticides, other items can collect on the plant products in shipping and harvest, including dirt and bugs that may impact the purity of the end product. So all plants are carefully cleaned to keep them as pure as possible, and to save any little critters from ending up in the distillation machine.
After the product is all cleaned, it’s time for the main event: steam distillation. This type of distillation has been used for centuries to do all sorts of work, and the technology hasn’t really needed to change either. All you need is a large distillation tank and a heat source. From there, the physics takes over and we’re left with just the purest oils.
So how exactly does steam distillation work? Well, it starts by placing the plant products inside the machine and injecting steam into the main canister. The steam works to extract the essential oils from the plants, bringing all the best of the plant into the water. The steam then rises, plant extracts in tow, up to the top of the distillery. Once at the top, the steam then goes through a pipe where it is quickly cooled and condenses back into water.
The water is then collected and bottled as a hydrosol. Usually, essential oils are separated from the water to get a more concentrated oil, but hydrosols are less potent. The best hydrosols, however, are made without scooping most of the essential oils into their own bottles. Instead, all of the water is used to bottle hydrosols exclusively, which gives customers a better product, one with more of the plant.
Well, there you have it. That’s how we make the highest quality products possible. With our specialized and dedicated hydrosol steam distillation process, you get hydrosols with a higher plant concentrate, and thus more of their healing power.