Essential Water of Lilac Blossom
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 fresh lilacs from our friend Alessandra's garden. She has the largest and oldest lilac bush in her backyard that I have ever seen. Although lilac does not produce essential oil, there is still some amount of soft, faintly floral scent trapped in this essential water. Anything light enough to bind with the water vapor ends up in the hydrosol, including the uplifting energy of this early bloomer.
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).
2 oz in clear glass bottle with spray top.