Herbal steam distillation is a domain where chemistry meets alchemy. The plants themselves are the products of the Earth’s own distillation of sun and moonlight, earth and rain, as well as the caring energy we put into our cultivation work.
During the distillation process, the medicinal qualities and healing energetics of herbs are extracted by forcing steam through a mass of plant material. The steam carries away chemical compounds present naturally in the plant, and in the resulting solution there are produced both an oil based extract of the plant (known as essential oil) and a water based part (known as hydrosol or hydrolate). The oil and water separate naturally during distillation and both contain aromatic chemical constituents of the plant distilled in concentrated and unique forms.
We are fortunate to live near wild fields and forests. Not far beyond the edge of our gardens Nature’s own gardens begin. We are able to seasonally harvest many edible and medicinal plants from our nearby surroundings.