These hydrosols were lovingly distilled by the Herbalista Crew, using locally wildcrafted and organically grown herbs!
Your donation directly supports the Herbalista Grow a Row Program! The Grow a Row Program was born in 2014 as a way to both nurture the Atlanta herb growing scene and also to help the free clinic source affordable herbs! We offer agro-education and herbalistic opportunities, sowing the seeds for a more resilient city!
Herbalista No. 6
Juniper, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Pine, Eucalyptus and Spice Bush
We distilled this hydrosol during our Apotheker’s Ball in honor of 6 years of service. We harvested fresh autumnal herbs for this bumpin’ blend and it has notes that are aromatic and bright. This blend will offer support during the cold, damp days of winter.
To Use: Close your eyes and spritz over your face. Take a slow deep breath and enjoy. You can also spritz this onto a cocktail or mocktail for a little extra pizazz.
Violets, Calendula, Cleavers, Chickweed, Plantain, Pine Resin + Needles, Nettles, Redbud, Ground Ivy + Bramble
This hydrosol was distilled on the Vernal Equinox, capturing the energy of spring. Many of these plants support the body’s ability to detoxify and so we consider this hydrosol is a little spring cleaning in a bottle!
To Use: Take 5 squirts in a little water each day to support the lymphatic system and detox properties. You can also add a splash of Apple Cider Vinegar for extra benefit. If fighting a cold or infection, take up to 3 x’s per day.
Mimosa Flowers, Lemon Balm, Jewelweed, Linden Flowers and Rose Petals
This hydrosol was distilled on the Summer Solstice, capturing the height of solar energy. We chose these plants not only because they are in bloom at this time of year, but also because they all protect and nurture the heart. During the excessive heat and energy of summer, our heart is particularly vulnerable. These herbs will soothe your heart and support a loving season.
To Use: Take 5 squirts in a little water (or add to hibiscus or red zinger tea) each day to support the heart. You can also spritz over your face and neck to help you cool down in the Atlanta heat!
What is a Hydrosol?
A hydrosol is the water portion of a plant distillation. Many people are familiar with distillations for the production of essential oils, but hydrosols are also incredible medicine! Hydrosols are safe for all ages and skin types as they are water based. You can use them wherever you would use water (i.e. to freshen up your linens, facial toner, for diaper changes, for itchy skin, etc.). Hydrosols have a shelf life of about 18-24 months if kept in a dark and cool place.
We distill a variety of plants, urban-crafted from our local Atlanta region. This year we are distilling to mark the seasons, holding community distillation sessions at the equinoxes and solstices. 🔥🌿🔥
At Herbalista, we work with a copper alquitar still named Stella “the Still” Culpepper. She was named after the Herbalist Nicholas Culpepper who challenged the notion that medical knowledge belonged only to physicians and worked to make herbal knowledge available to the people!
Working with Hydrosols
Hydrosols are one of the most multi-faceted remedies we have. Not only is it an effective potion, but also it has an extremely high safety rating.
While many hydrosols are aromatic and we can use them for their uplifting aromas similar to essential oils, hydrosols can also be made from non-aromatic plants. Hydrosols are effective beyond just their scent and have a history of use both internally and topically. How you use them will depend on the plant you are working with and the needs of the person.
Here are some examples of working with Hydrosols:
Flavoring Drinks: Spritz across the top of a cocktail, mocktail, or sparkling water for added fun.
Skin Care: Spritz over skin a few times a day to cleanse, tonify, or soothe inflammation.
Therapeutic Uses: Dosages can range from 1 tsp to 1 tbsp depending on the situation, the plant, and the person.
Medicine Making: Use hydrosols in place of distilled water when making creams or mixing custom menstruums for tinctures and glycerites.
About the Grow a Row Program
The Grow A Row (GAR) initiative of the Herbalista Free Clinic aims to get hands in the soil! GAR demystifies plant medicine by fostering relationships with the herbs that grow in our own backyards. We offer educational workshops, volunteer skillshare sessions and tours of the Learning Garden. As we partner with individuals, farmers and businesses, we are increasing the amount of herbs cultivated in Atlanta while reducing the mileage our remedies travel before reaching our shelves. Support local remedies 💚.