Make Your Own Hydrosol

What’s a hydrosol? A hydrosol is the floral water that remains through a steam distillation of plant material, and are often a by-product of the production of essential oils.  Since I was trimming up some of my herbs, I thought this would be a good time to make a hydrosol.

Make Your Own Hydrosol

Homemade floral water ~ Herbal  Hydrosols ~

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You’ve probably heard of rose water before, however, you can use any scented herb or flower to make a hydrosol.

Fresh Cut Herbs ~ Floral Water ~

Simply collect  your plant material. I’m using lavender, mint and rose scented geranium. Wash them first to get rid of any dirt and pests.

Herbs in bottom of pot ~ How to Make Hydrosols ~

Place the herbs in a large clean pot.  Fill the pot with distilled water until you just cover the plant material.

Here, I’m using a crab pot that has a basin, follow by another pot with holes that fits inside the basin. You can use a veggie steamer in a large pot too. I’ve even noticed some use a brick to weigh down the herbs and act as a shelf for the collection bowl.

Glass bowl in upper pot ~ How to Make Hydrosols ~

Next, you need to place a bowl in the upper pot, on top of the brick, or steamer to collect the hydrosol.  If you are using a steamer you may need to place a heat proof bowl upside down to act as a shelf for the steamer to sit on. Just make sure your collection bowl is not sitting in the water. 

Ice on top of lid ~ How to Make Hydrosols ~

Then, place the lid on upside down, and place a bag of ice on top. 

Bring the water to a simmer on the stove, checking every 15  minutes or so, to replace the ice as needed.

Note: It would be a good idea to freeze a few bags of water ahead of time.

Resulting hydrosol ~ How to Make Hydrosols ~

As the steam from the plants rises, it meets the cold lid and condensation occurs, creating hydrosol droplets to fall into the collection bowl. Pretty cool, huh?

After about an hour I was able to collect about 4 ounces of hydrosol.

I poured it into a spray bottle and set it in the refrigerator.

Herbal Water in Spray Bottle on linen ~ Herbal  Hydrosols ~

How to Use Hydrosols

 This is perfect for spritzing on my face after working in the yard. It makes a great linen spray or room spray too.

Looking for more? How about: Hydrosols and 101 Ways to Use Them.

This is a fun project to try, however you can also by hydrosols  online. Some of them are made from unusual products that you would not likely have access to, such as Ylang Ylang and Frankincense.

Like so many of my projects, I think this would make a really nice gift for someone special.


Learn how to make your own hydrosol from herbs and flowers in your own backyard. An great way to make floral waters for use on the body or in the home.

About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. This is very cool – thank you for sharing. I have some fun ingredients in the garden that would be perfect. I love the idea of using it as a facial spritz. Great gift idea too because I’m trying to give gifts now days that people can use. Will be sharing this later today. Love it!

  2. Hi Patti,
    I first read about making hydrosols a few years ago, but never got around to trying it myself. You’ve reinspired me with your gorgeous photos and easy tutorial, and I love the idea of using it for a unique and personal gift. Thanks for sharing.

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