WHAT ARE HYDROSOLS & FLOWER ESSENCES?
A Hydrosol- also known as floral waters, hydroflorates, flower waters or distillates- contain the 'lifeblood' of the plant. They are produced by steam distilling plant materials. The distillation is slow and is done under low pressure over a sustained period to preserve all the therapeutic components of the plant material. Hydrosols are actually a co-product of essential oil production, however unlike essential oils, they contain all of the plant in one drop- the water-soluble components, the essential oil molecules, the very fluid that was flowing through the plant cells when the plant was collected. What hydrosols are NOT, is water with essential oils added. Be aware if you are sold a product like that, as you are not receiving the healing benefits of a true hydrosol.
Hydrosols are completely safe and gentle to use on the body and all hydrosols sold here are created solely by me, Hayley Gemma. Small batches of fresh flower and plant materials (that have been growing at home in my organic, biodynamic garden in Bridgetown) are purposely steamed in my 10L copper alembic still for the sole purpose of yielding excellent and beneficial plant remedies.
Flower Essences are a system of healing that treats our subtle-energy bodies (the astral, etheric, mental and causal bodies) along with the meridians and the physical body. They are a gentle vibrational healing modality that is safe for everybody to use- from children and pets, to the elderly. Flower essences are made in a sacred and reverential manner, with the flower of the plant resting within water in a clear bowl on a sunny day, whereby it imparts it's energetic gifts into the water. The essence is then preserved with brandy and only small drops are taken as needed. In these remedies, I primarily use the Australian Bush Flower Essences.
"The effect of these Essences is similar to that of meditation in that they enable the person to access the wisdom of their Higher Self. This releases negative beliefs held in the subconscious mind and allows the positive virtues of the Higher Self - love, joy, faith, courage etc. to flood their being. When this happens the negative beliefs and thoughts are dissolved, balance is restored and true healing occurs"- Ian White, ABFE.