Distillation is an acient art.
There’s evidence of distillation going back to the Himalayas 5000 years ago; Egyptian’s use of plant waters and distillation apparatus’ date before the 4th century BCE. Distilled plant waters had a place in ancient Greek, Roman and Persian medicine.
During hydro-distillation heat opens the plants cells releasing volatile compounds. These aromatic, therapeutic and intelligent elements bestow themselves to steam, which then goes through a condenser and arrives as a liquid state on the other end as essential oil and essential water (hydrosol.)
At Ritual Botanica we distill specifically for high quality hydrosols.
Hydrosols aren't just essential oil added to water, they are a complete water medicine, saturated with the plant's essence, infused in each molecule.
Distilling encompasses all the elements in the process, Fire, Earth, Water, Air & Aether. Hydrosols specifically are high in the Water and Air elements, which in Alchemy translates to the Spirit. Hydrosols embody the plant's Spirit, it's intelligent animating life force.
These essential waters are a pure plant medicine, energetically charged when produced with care. They have the ability to gently open parts of us, to awaken our own deep healing with their subtle ways. As water medicine they are safe and versatile; they strongly tune into the emotional being to sooth or seep into deep hidden crevasses of ourselves and bring awareness to life.