Herbal hydrosols, aka flower water, are plant-infused essential oils that refresh the body and spirit — and there’s no need to run to the store to get them.

Herbalist and educator Dana L Woodruff explains that store-bought hydrosols can contain sketchy ingredients and be produced in unethical ways. So why not empower yourself by getting directly involved in the process? You can use your flower water to cool off on sunny days, ground your energetic field, relax and unwind, enter vivid dream spaces, and more.

Get closer to your favorite plants with this how-to guide on crafting your own flower water at home.

via Dandelioness Herbals:

Herbal Hydrosols (aka Flower Water) 
The process of distilling volatile oils out of herbs and flower in order to make essential oils creates hydrosols, or flower water.  This can be done in fancy copper stills, or we can use supplies that most us already have, or can borrow from friends/family/neighbors, to make our own simple setup.  Hydrosols can be used in homemade herbal concoctions – from cosmetic to medicinal – as well as in community health settings.  We don’t need to buy Rosewater, Lavender Water, or Orange Blossom Water, which may contain sketchy fragrances and pesticides, be produced by companies that treat their workers poorly or harm the planet in their harvesting and overall business practices, etc.  We can make our own hydrosols!
A note on essential oils:  Many recipes for do-it-yourself Rosewater, Lavender water, and other hydrosols/sprays contain essential oils.  Even organic, 100% pure essential oils can be harvested in unethical ways, may deplete a community’s resources of a particular (medicinal) plant, and have other negative impacts that are difficult to know about due to the long chain and many middle-(hu)mans from harvest through production and sale.  By capturing the volatile oils directly from the plants which we can harvest ourselves, we can feel more empowered and a part of the process, using plants that grow locally and abundantly, and being able to ensure that the plants (and people!) involved are treated with respect.
Faye Sakellaridis

Faye Sakellaridis’s interest in psychedelics and consciousness led her to become an managing editor at The Alchemists Kitchen and Reality Sandwich, where she enjoys the scope of visionary thought that she regularly encounters from the site’s many contributors and the “rich spectrum of intellectual essays on consciousness through a diverse lens of art, culture, and science.” Faye recently earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens College in NYC, and her professional and academic life have been centered on journalism and creative writing. However, Faye—a classically trained improvisational pianist—says that spiritually, she identifies herself first and foremost identify as a musician. “Music is my most intuitive language,” she says. “If it weren't for music I'm not sure I'd truly understand the concept of the sublime. Writing and music are two are elemental parts of me, and communicating through them is what I do.”

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