Essential water (hydrosol) is one of my favorite methods of aromatherapy. It is gentle, safe to use in almost any way, and despite its subtle nature, I find it to be very effective. It can be used as a room/linen spray, face toner, food and beverage flavor enhancer, body spray, energy clearing mist, and has so many other creative and practical applications.
We hydro-distilled this essential water from fresh Holy Basil leaves and flowers from my garden in a copper alembic still. A fresh batch from July 12, this scent is powerfully calming and soothing, a dark earthy basil that is known as the "queen of herbs," "the incomparable one" and in Hindu mythology, the plant is an incarnation of the goddess Lakshmi, offering divine protection. Holy Basil is a powerful adaptogen that creates balance and vitality.
Shelf life is about one year if stored properly. It is recommended to store in the refrigerator, as this distilled water does not contain preservatives and may eventually grow bacteria. (in this case you will see a fuzzy mass developing in the bottle, and this is how you will know that it has expired).