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Herbal distillate

Hydro-Distillation Process in Extracting Of Agarwood Essential Oil.

Herbal distillates, also called floral water, hydrosol, hydrolate, herbal water and essential water, are aqueous products of distillation. They are colloidal suspensions (hydrosol) of essential oils as well as water-soluble components obtained by steam distillation or hydrodistillation (a variant of steam distillation ) from plants/herbs. These herbal distillates have uses as flavorings, medicine and cosmetics (skin care).

Herbal distillates are produced in the same or similar manner as essential oils. However, the essential oil will float to the top of the distillate where it is removed, leaving behind the watery distillate. For this reason perhaps the term essential water is more descript. In the past, these essential waters were often considered a byproduct of distillation, but now are considered an important co-product.

The science of distillation is based on the fact that different substances plant pigments and flavonoids.

Herbal waters contain diluted essential oils. Besides aromatic chemicals, these distillates also contain many more of the plant acids than pure essential oils making them skin friendly. Cosmetics and toiletries makers are finding many uses for herbal distillates. A pH between 5-6 makes them suitable for use as facial toners. They can be used alone as room sprays. Distillates are also used as flavorings and curables.

Because hydrosols are produced at high temperatures and are somewhat acidic, they tend to inhibit bacterial growth but not fungal growth. They are not sterile. They are a fresh product, like milk, and should be kept refrigerated.[1] Small-scale producers of hydrosols must be particularly aware of, and take steps to prevent bacterial contamination.[2]

See also

References

  1. ^ Cindy Jones. "Herbal Waters or Distillates (Hydrosols)". Sagescript Institute. Archived from the original on 2006-10-28. Retrieved 2006-10-23. 
  2. ^ Martin Watt. "Hydrosols or Distillation Waters: Their Production, Safety, Efficacy and the Sales Hype". 

3. National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. What are Hydrosols. Accessed 12-5-13

Books

  • Firth, Grace. Secrets of the Still. Epm Pubns Inc; First edition (June 1983)
  • Price, Len and Price, Shirley. Understanding Hydrolats: The Specific Hydrosols for Aromatherapy: A Guide for Health Professional. Churchill Livingstone 2004
  • Rose, Jeanne. 375 Essential Oils & Hydrosols. Frog, Ltd, Berkeley, CA, 1999. ISBN 1-883319-89-7
  • Rose, Jeanne. Hydrosols & Aromatic Waters. Institute of Aromatic & Herbal Study, 2007.
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