CATEGORY: MEDICINE / HEALTH. Created by: OperaDreamhouse (June 28, 2016)



MoreSectionIcon  Saucepan

1 unit
Oil Bottles

MoreSectionIcon  Oil Bottles

50 millilitre

MoreSectionIcon  Jar

2 unit
Water (H2O)

MoreSectionIcon  Water (H2O)

500 millilitre
Rose Hips Petal (Rosa Canina)

MoreSectionIcon  Rose Hips Petal (Rosa Canina)

375 millilitre


Herbal distillates (floral water, hydrosol, hydrolat, herbal water and essential water) are aqueous solutions of essential oils usually obtained by steam distillation from aromatic plants.

A hydrolat is produced by the distillation process, so that in effect we have two distinct products from distillation of plants, essential oil and distillate (hydrolat).

In this process steam is passed through plant. The heat of the steam bursts open the membrane of the oil receptacles in the plant and the volatile plant oil molecules are released into the steam.

The steam rises and takes with it hydrophobic, and hydrophilic molecules. When this mixture of water and various othermoleculesof the plant components separate back into liquid by means of being condensed, it produces two types of natural chemical cocktails. These separate into hydrophilic molecules suspended in water, (philia - atendency towards or liking) making hydrolats, and hydrophobic molecules (phobia – aversion to), making essential oils.

In this method we can produce only plant distillate (water), essential oils getting produced when using a large quantity of plants and longer production process (about 6-12h).

Summer is the perfect time to make homemade distillates. Today we will try to make Rose distillate in a very simple method. We do not need an expensive distillation apparatus, we try to find all these tools in kitchen drawers.

We will need a thick pad pot, tiny jar which will raise another jar, this tiny jar don't let to touch the pot bottom another jar (there will drop herb distillate drops), one dish (we use it as a pot lid), 1 or 2 wet towels (covered pot, towels do not let to go steams outside), and also we need a little bit of ice cubes (it will help us to produce herbal distillate in less time, it is not very important detail, you can do this distillate without it).

Everything will be cooked on a low heat for about one and a half  to two hours (cooking process  will be completed when the water evaporates from the plants).

Because distillates are produced at high temperatures and are somewhat acidic, they tend to inhibit bacterial growth. They are not however sterile. They are a fresh product, like milk, and should be kept refrigerated. True, it has a longer shelf life than milk. Herbal distillate will keep fresh about 1 month and more (in a refrigerator).

Good properties of rose distillate:

 It is the most delicate aromatherapy substance. Rose distillate suitable for aging, sensitive skin, for skin which have eczema.

Herbal distillate is very suitable for hydrating face (as a tonic), moisten open wounds, to drink, to produce confectionery products. To produce compote, coffee,  to dilute champagne with this distillate.

This flower water  very good for sexual genitals wash after childbirth (soothing vaginal wounds).

Neutralize hard water deposits on the skin (pH: 5-7)

How to make dog-rose distillate :

Take 3 glasses of organic Rose petals. I use fresh petals of Dog-Rose petal (Rosa Canina). Break petals in hand and put them in a pot. This species of Rose also has many features like other Rose species, smell reminds Damask rose (Rosa damascena).

In the middle of the pot we need to put a small jar and take 3 or 5 glass of water. Water has a slightly submerged Dog-Rose petals.

Take towel and remove it on the pot edges very well. The pot should be tight when you put in the second bowl. Before reversing the towel can dampen it will be unwieldy.

Take the second jar (bowl) and place it on the first one.

Place the dish on top of the pot it is worth that pot will not unopened until the end of the distillation. Everything boil on low heat for about 2 hours.

On the plate, you can continuously take ice cubes, and he dissolved wipe cloth and insert again. This method helps to condensed distillate quicker.

Depending on how much added raw materials and water, distillate production time may vary. Quit when the pot bottom of the herbs still wet - do not expose to burning it.

Distillate strength will be stronger if you insert more raw materials and water so that it more or less cover the finger thickness.

If everything works out well, you will have a wonderful smelling flower water, its taste and properties are far from tea.

I was prepared 50ml Dog-Rose distillate.
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