Cistus, also known as rock rose, is a traditional herbal ally. A tall sticky shrub, one of the candidates to be the biblical “burning bush”, it moves in to damaged land to help repair and return it to fertility. We use it for scars, rashes, blemishes and itching. Emotionally restorative, it helps to let go of old hurts, including generational trauma, relieves anxiety.
Our hydrosols are distilled by us here on the farm. Unlike commercially available hydrosols, they are not a by-product of essential oil distillation, but our primary product. We distill gently and slowly to produce the highest quality aromatic water with a wide range of gentle active ingredients intact. The essential oil is not separated off from the water, unless there is more than would be safe. We use water from the spring on our land, which has had no chemical fertiliser on it in decades so is pure and unpolluted. These aromatic distillates are a powerful healing medium because the water carries the energetic imprint of the whole plant in its matrix.
Use hydrosols as an after shower rinse, or pour them in your bath and soak. Use them as face toners, to soothe skin, as food flavourings, room sprays, or to heal as appropriate. Make soaps with them. Or use them as the water part of any cream you make. They are versatile and safe to use so get creative.
If you are using them with your animals, you can add a few drops to a bowl of water, or rub into their fur. But make sure they like the smell (more on how to use essential oils with animals here)