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plants we have distilled

 

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Cleveland Sage (Salvia clevelandii) is a beautiful sage native to San Diego County and Northern Baja California.  It is known for its gorgeous purple flowers and is considered one of the most fragrant species of sage. The aroma of this type of sage has a very lemony top note.  Cleveland Sage is anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious, and supports respiratory function.  

 

California Sagebrush (Artemisia californica) is native to Southern and Central California as well as Northern Baja.  It is one of the plants of the coastal sage scrub landscape. It is known for its silvery light green color and its aroma is almost minty with hints of grassy sweetness.  California Sagebrush is known for its anti-inflammatory properties.

 

Anna Apple is native to Israel.  Therefore it thrives in the Southern California landscape which sits at a relatively similar latitude.  When distilled, Anna Apple hydrosol is a light and bright aromatic that is beyond refreshing when spritzed after exposure to the sun or heat.  This is a great after-sun spray and facial toner.

 

Red Ironbark Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus sideroxylon) is not native to Southern California.  It is originally from Egypt.  It can be recognized by its deep red bark (Ironbark).  It has a clean and bright Eucalyptus aroma with a lemon finish.  Its aroma is slightly milder than other species of Eucalyptus.  Red Ironbark Eucalyptus is antifungal and antibacterial and supports respiratory function.

 

Mediterranean or Italian Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) is native to the Mediterranean region.  It is known for its deep green, dense foliage and distinctive cones.  It has a very herbaceous aroma with a top note of tangerine.  It is toning, anti-dandruff, anti-aging.

 

Wild Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) is a naturalized (non-native) species that is thought to have been brought over from Italy around 120 years ago for culinary purposes.  Wild Fennel can be found growing prolifically across Southern California.  It has a distinct anise aroma.  Fennel supports digestive function.

 

Blue Gum Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)  is native to Australia, but has become naturalized in many places throughout the world, including much of California.  This oil is sweet, bright and citrusy.  Blue Gum Eucalyptus supports respiratory function, is antiseptic and antimicrobial.

 

Peppermint (Mentha piperita)  is a well-known herb that was first described in England and is now grown in many, many parts of the world.  It has many wonderful properties such as being cooling to the body, supporting the digestive system and circulatory function, and is also very energizing.

 

Rose Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) is native to Southern Africa.  It is known as “scented geranium” because of its distinct citrusy rose aroma. Rose Geranium hydrosol makes an excellent toner for all skin types, it is even said to be regenerative to the skin.  It is also anti-inflammatory for the skin.  Rose Geranium also supports and balances hormonal function in women.

 

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)  is native to the Mediterranean region.  This culinary herb has long been said to strengthen memory and mental sharpness.  It possesses a very invigorating aroma.  It is toning and slightly astringent.  It promotes circulatory and respiratory functions and possesses antimicrobial properties, as well.

 

Citrus Geranium (Pelargonium crispum) is native to South Africa.  Geranium species are known to be calming and promote relaxation.  The citrus variety is also very uplifting.  Geranium has antibacterial properties that make it a great toner and cleanser for the face, as well as being helpful for skin with acne.  Geranium hydrosol added to bathwater can be soothing and calming.

 

Lemon Balm & Ginger Mint (Melissa officinalis & Mentha x gracilis), our first co-distill.  These two plants were growing completely intertwined in our dear friend’s beautiful garden.  It seemed natural to experiment with a co-distillation when they were harvested.  The result is a beautiful citrus, ginger, minty aroma.  It is like a splash of fruit.  This combination has produced a very uplifting hydrosol.

 

Curry Plant (Helichrysum italicum) is native to the Mediterranean region.  It is known for its regenerative and restorative properties for the skin. The hydrosol has a very strong curry-like aroma, although this plant is not used in making curry used for cooking.  The hydrosol can be used to tone, hydrate and rejuvenate the skin.

 

Lime (Citrus aurantifolia) This distillation produced a beautiful result.  It is very uplifting and invigorating.  The hydrosol contains both fruity notes and notes of the zest, as the whole fruit was used in the distillation process.  Lime has astringent, antiviral, antibacterial and disinfectant properties.

 

Meyer Lemon (Citrus x meyeri)  Hydrosol is wonderfully uplifting and energizing with its bright lemony character.  A very sweet lemon note is balanced by the tangy citrus zest.  Lemon is an astringent.  The hydrosol is antibacterial and detoxifying, and purifying when spritzed.

 

Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)  This hydrosol is very mild.  Its sweetness soothes and calms while its citrus notes are very uplifting.  The aroma of sweet orange is known to help calm nerves and depression.

 

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) Lemongrass originated in Asia, Africa and Australia. It is a grass and is now commonly cultivated as a culinary and medicinal herb.  This hydrosol has a beautifully sweet lemony character.  Lemongrass is known to repel insects.  It supports respiratory function.

 

French Lavender (Lavandula dentata) French Lavender is not quite as commonly found as English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), but it is considered a true lavender, and is not in the Lavandin family.  This species of lavender reminded us of a floral cake coming out of the still.  Benefits of this plant include promoting relaxation, restorative for the skin, promotes circulation, and improves sleep.

 

Lemon Verbena (Aloysia citrodora) Lemon verbena is native to western South America.  It has a sweet and delicate lemon note with an herbaceous green aromatic component as well.  This gorgeous herb is known for its uplifting quality.  It is used to relieve stress and anxiety and bringing calm. It has anti-inflammatory properties when used on the skin.  This hydrosol is a near perfect match for the skin’s own mantle.  

 

White Sage (Salvia apiana) Is known for its cleansing, purifying and protective properties.  It is the most commonly used sage in smudge sticks that are burned for purification.  This hydrosol of white sage can be used in a similar way.  This plant is now endangered due to its over-harvesting.  We distilled white sage grown on our property combined with leaves trimmed from a friend’s plant.  This plant grows beautifully in our climate here in southern California and can  be a wonderful addition to any garden / landscape.

 

*All Plants we collect are unsprayed and gathered with full permission from those who oversee / own the land where we collect.  We practice sustainable plant collection / wildcrafting on private property only.*