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Lets talk hydrosols. What are they, and where/how do you make or obtain them? Distilling fresh leaves, fruits, flowers, and other plant materials produces hydrosols also called hydrolats, distillate waters or floral waters. Hydrosols have similar therapeutic properties to essential oils; but these aromatic waters are much less concentrated. Their aromas are often soft and subtle when compared to their essential oil counterpart. These aromatic products usually have a scent similar to their essential oil, but also can have a greener note. This comes from the water-soluble constituents in the plant material that are not present in the essential oil.  *Please Note: Hydrosols...

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Essential oils are liquid aroma compounds that are directly obtained from various plants. The oil is essential because it contains the essence of that plants fragrance.  There are countless essential oils to choose from.  Join us in this series that will detail some of our favorite essential oils. Orange-sweet (Citrus sinensis) is my “happy oil”.  I say so because it the aroma reminds me of inner joy.  The primary countries of origin are Israel, South Africa, Italy and Brazil.  This oil is the only warming citrus.  The aroma is a beautiful combination of fresh, warm, sweet, citrus.  The oil is extracted via col...

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