I first wrote about Magnolia grandiflora a couple of years ago and how it was the one uplifting thing during a dark time in my life. I tried to write something less personal for this beautiful, heart holding flower, one that would paint a happy experience of this flower picking forager but even after several drafts, I couldn’t seem to rewrite it which made little sense until I began distilling magnolia flowers this spring. I realized after a couple of years of working with it, my heart had been healed by the magestic heart of this flower. My story of discovery has remolded itself into a story of endurance: endurance for collecting the large powdery petals from high branches and endurance for coming through the other side of sad parts of life where sweet parts wait.
Magnolia flower harvesting has become a sport for me, one that I tend to giggle a lot while harvesting due of the shear fun of it. I walk to my magnolia patch outside of the city where I pull out my eight foot berry picker to reach the white, powdery oversized flowers. The berry picker is the same one I use to harvest pink lotus flowers every other weekend while in season. Magnolia is seasonal as well, supplying flowers in the spring and early summer and then returning again in the early fall when the heat has backed off a little. The flowers come through in their lemony floral beauty in our hydrosol thanks to my small batch distillations. I tried distilling it in my larger stills but I could smell a big difference as the aroma gets lost in large stills with long heat. I initially wasn’t sure about offering Magnolia flowers hydrosol since they are so seasonal but decided to distill Magnolia leaf hydrosol in the other slow growing months. Magnolia leaf is its own perfume and a prettily scented reminder of my summer of hunting.
Shelf life: 12 to 16 months. Refrigerate to prolong freshness.
Packaged in 3.3oz/100 ml tamper proof refillable glass bottles.
Our hydrosols are kept in dedicated refrigeration until shipped.