What began as one of my wild card weekend distillation became the hydrosol I couldn’t leave alone. It was also the hydrosol I wanted to be alone with. There was nothing that lead me to believe that distilling the flowers I received from my producer in Thailand (who also produces our Blue Lotus absolute) would produce a hydrosol so etherial and representative of the flower. Not one thing. But my small still gives me the space to be fearless and to have precision control over variables that I’m not able to master yet on my larger stills. This is my first real wild card idea, my first intricate distillation and my first hydrosol of real merit. The quality is an equal to the pink lotus hydrosol I hand harvest and distill: yin and yang, evenly yolked, masculine and feminine. It’s all consuming from distillation to final chakra misting and to be truthful, I’m still a little stunned it turned out so well.
Some of our hydrosols such as pink lotus, blue lotus or lily have never been distilled by anyone before and are a first in the hydrosol world. I worked very hard to control all the aspects of the distillations such as heat, cooling and even down to packing the still effectively. It took a lot of experimentation to figure out how to extract a beautiful scent that is true to the plant or flower, one I would consider worthy of our apothecary. Prices vary according to the amount of foraging I have to do which involves any one of the following: climb tall mountains, swing from trees, walk softly and stealthy around delicate flowers, drive many miles, trek in hot sun for hours or fly to another state. Some of these hydrosols are very seasonal so please be aware that this offering will ebb and flow as do the plants, flowers, resins, barks and leaves that make it into my still. This is my work, my history, my expertise and my wild card heart for trying to distill everything under the sun even when other distillers said it wouldn’t work.
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