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 distilled this essential water in a copper alembic still with the final harvest from my home garden. The energies of the following herbs comprise this hydrosol: Wormwood, Strawberry leaf, Chocolate scented Peppermint, Lemon Balm, Borage leaf and flower, Nasturtium leaf and flower, Thai Basil, Tulsi leaf, flower, and seed, Garden Sage, Cedar leaf, Passionflower leaf, and Lemongrass.
The scent is a sweet, energetic green mist that quickly dissipates into the atmosphere. A gift from my garden.
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).