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DIY Distilling! Everything You Need to Know to Make Hydrosols at Home

In today’s video, we're going to be teaching you everything you need to know to distill your own hydrosols at home! Hydrosols are sometimes called flower water. They are a natural extraction of plants that can be used in skincare, home cleaning, and even aromatherapy. By distilling your own hydrosols, you'll should be able to create high-quality essential oils that are free from chemicals and synthetics. In this video, we'll teach you everything you need to know to start distilling your own hydrosols. So, if you're interested in learning how to distill your own hydrosols, then be sure to watch this video!


A distiller is a device used to extract hydrosols from plant material through a process called steam distillation.

Here is a step-by-step explanation of how a distiller works to make hydrosols:

  1. Preparation of plant material: Begin by selecting the plant material you wish to extract the hydrosol from. This can include flowers, leaves, herbs, or other plant parts. Ensure that the plant material is clean and free from any contaminants.

  2. Loading the distiller: Place the plant material into the distiller's botanical chamber or basket. It's important not to overcrowd the chamber to allow proper circulation of steam.

  3. Adding water: Fill the distiller's boiling flask or chamber with water. The amount of water will depend on the capacity of the distiller and the quantity of plant material being used. It's essential to use clean, distilled water for optimal results.

  4. Heating the water: Apply heat to the distiller, typically through a heat source such as a stove or electric burner. As the water heats up, steam will begin to form.

  5. Steam generation: The heat causes the water to boil, creating steam. The steam rises through the botanical chamber, making contact with the plant material.

  6. Steam distillation: As the steam passes through the plant material, it carries the volatile compounds present in the plants, such as essential oils, into the condensation system of the distiller.

  7. Condensation: The steam, along with the plant's volatile compounds, enters the condensation system, which usually consists of a coiled tube or a condenser. The condenser is cooled by cold water or ice, causing the steam to condense into liquid form.

  8. Separation: The liquid condensate obtained from the condenser consists of two layers: the upper layer is the essential oil, while the lower layer is the hydrosol. The hydrosol, also known as the floral water, contains the water-soluble components and a smaller amount of the plant's aromatic compounds.

  9. Collection: The hydrosol is collected from the distiller's output or spout, typically through a separate outlet from the essential oil. It is important to collect the hydrosol carefully, avoiding any contamination during the process.

  10. Storage: Once collected, the hydrosol should be transferred to dark, glass bottles for storage. These bottles should be tightly sealed and stored in a cool, dark place to preserve their freshness and potency.


It's worth noting that the specific design and operation of distillers may vary, but the basic principles of steam distillation to produce hydrosols remain the same. Proper equipment maintenance, hygiene, and understanding the characteristics of different plants are essential for obtaining high-quality hydrosols.

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