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Prairieland Herbs Hydrosols

For more information check out our What's A Hydrosol? and Uses for Hydrosols pages, or download this .pdf informational file about hydrosols.

Prairieland Herbs Hydrosols and still

These hydrosols are distilled on our farm, during the summer growing months.

In the background of the photograph, you can see the copper still in which we make our hydrosols.

Farm-Fresh Hydrosols

Hydrosols are distilled from various parts of the plants, and contain, as well as essential oils, the water-soluble extracts. They have the healing, aromatherapy, flavor, and scent properties of the original plant in an easy-to-use form.

Our hydrosols do not contain any artificial preservatives, so we recommend that they be stored in the refrigerator, and that the bottles be opened as little as possible.

2 oz. bottle $9.00

8 oz. bottle, $27.00

32 oz. bottle, $60.00


(Ocimum basilicum)
Very licorice/basil, smells just like the fresh leaf! Basil is considered and excellent digestive aid, and is considered balancing and soothing, especially for stress and nervousness. We've also read it's great for helping with headaches, but haven't had a chance to test this yet on ourselves
Wild Bee Balm
(Monarda fistulosa )
Why, oh why did we wait so long to distill this lovely native plant? It's FABULOUS. Strong, like a wild mint with licorice undertones. This plant was traditionally used to make a delicious, medicinal tea, and was a historical treatment for repiratory issues. It's considered to be a wonderful treatment for antiexty/stress, an excellent analgesic (pain reliever), anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial. In short, this is absolutely a must-have in your herbal medicine chest! It tastes delightful in black tea too :)
(Nepeta cataria)
It's been proven that catnip essential oil is 10 times more effective in repelling mosquitoes that DEET. But the price of catnip essential oil is, well, OUCH. So we're making our own catnip hydrosol (which contains minute quantities added benefit, it seems to have some amusing effects on cats too....try spraying it on their favorite toy, scratching post, or play area. :)
Chocolate Mint
(M. x piperita ‘Chocolate’)
YUM!! Like a deep-dark chocolate Andes mint. What more can we say? Except...we have plans to experiment with this one in desserts!! It's delightful in coffee or hot chocolate (about 1/2 tsp. to cup of beverage) and a very delicious addition to a chocolate martini. I want to try adding it to frosting as a flavoring, but just haven't had time yet. Like all mints, this one is also a great helper for those "Power surge" (hot flash) moments, and is also a great addition to your bath.
(Symphytum officinale)
This is the one that Donna and Maggie won't be without. It's a "sleeper" - as the scent is very, very subtle. But it's healing powers are really quite impressive! We've used this with great success on our pets as an eyewash and ear cleaner, works VERY well on sunburn, soothes and heals scrapes and cuts (and our relative's road rash from crashing on a bike!), and takes itching away from rashes. Works well on diaper rash. Applied to our horse's irritated, swollen eye (she had gotten sand in it) it was cured *overnight*. Another tester also reports that comfrey helps her aches and pains. Very soft and gentle, we reach for this one first for babies of the human and 4-legged varieties. Donna loves this as a daily facial toner for her "experienced" skin. :)
(Eucalyptus globulus)
The lovely fresh menthol-cool scent of eucalyptus comes right through in this lovely hydrosol. It's antibacterial - wonderful for cold and flu season! Poor Karla had pneumonia, bronchitis and sinusitis all at once so she spent a couple of days drinking chocolate mint hydrosol in her tea and spraying her pillow and chest with the eucalyptus hydrosol. She said it did help her clear up - and as an added bonus the doctor thought she smelled like some kind of "herbal incense"!
(Lavandula angustoflia)
FINALLY! People have been asking for us to make lavender hydrosol for AGES, and we were lucky enough to have a local gardener bring us LOADS of fresh lavender - enough to fill the still. Lo and behold - we have lavender hydrosol! Wonderful as a facial toner, added to your favorite soap or lotion, as a sheet spray, a gentle bug repellant, a wound wash, to gently soothe scrapes or rashes, the list goes on and on and on. You can use this hydrosol for just about anything!
Lemon Balm
(Melissa officinalis)
Another one of our favorites! Maggie uses this daily as a facial mist or just general "pick me up" - smells great and is very refreshing! Works well as a sunburn treatment too (go ahead, ask us how we know...). Lemon balm is antiviral, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory so it's a good place to start treating any skin problems. Gentle enough to use with children, especially as a nighttime bath additive or spray for their bedding. We keep this one around the shop for whenever our moods get "funky" - the bright lemony aroma really seems to help. Delicious in iced tea or sparkling water (Maggie loves it in Raspberry Canada Dry Sparking water - yum!) . We also like this one as an earwash for our pets.
Lemon Eucalyptus
(Eucalyptus citriodora)
Lemon-ey, citronella scented eucalyptus is reported to be at least as good at keeping away bugs as citronella essential oil. Smells fresh and very clean!
Lemon Verbena
(Aloysia triphylla)
Suzanne Catty (author of Hydrosols - the Next Aromatherapy) has oodles of nice things to say about lemon verbena. Catty considers it a powerful mental relaxant and stress buster, good for pre-exam jitters, stage fright, and fear. She also says it's a wonderful facial toner and clarifier for normal and combination skin, and also recommends it for any anti-inflammatory needs. We think it's a marvellous fresh lemon-ey scent that is also wonderful as a linen spray, especially for your pillows.
(Cymbopogon citratus)
Lemon-ey, woodsy, and very strongly scented - we are SO pleased with this distillation of lemongrass! Maggie is already dreaming of using it in Asian-inspired soups and stirfries. We think it would be fabulous as a "pick-me-up" spray, and a wonderful toner for oily skin. Wonderful as a bug-repellant spray, and an excellent deodorizer and refreshing spray for canine coats and beds. :)
Mountain Mint
(Pycnanthemum virginianum)
Words cannot describe the scent of this...except maybe the word "Wow". Mountain mint is native to our area, and is different than any other mint we know of. It is certainly a member of the mint family, yet has a very different growth habit - upright, NOT spreading (gardeners take note: yes you CAN have a well behaved mint in your garden!) with button-like flowers. And boy, does it smell amazing. Minty, but yet softer, and more sophisticated. As if some perfume designer got inspired by mint and wanted to transform it into a swanky upscale cologne or body mist. What can I say...except we love it, and will be planting dozens and dozens more mountain mint plants next year!
(Mentha x piperita)
Peppy, jazzy, fresh and minty - this is the classic peppermint we all know and love! Great for oily or dull skin or a foot spray, facial toner, linen or room spray...the possibilities are endless. Great for travel too, when you feel tired and grumpy..a wee spritz of mint is refreshing and reviving. Tastes delicious too - try it in tea, hot chocolate, carbonated water, or a mint julep or mojito!
(Rosmarinus officinalis)
Fresh, camphorous, and STRONG, this rosemary hydrosol is distilled from dried rosemary leaves. Wonderful as a facial toner for oily or dull complexions. Amazing in soaps and lotions, especially hair care products! This also makes a wonderful scalp treatment or leave-in hair conditioner, especially for brunettes, or those with oily hair or scalp. Made from certified organic dried rosemary leaves.
(Salvia officinalis)
Woodsy, dry, herbal.... A natural balancer, deodorizer, and cleanser, sage hydrosol has potential for many uses, both physical and emotional/spiritual. Mildly astringent, this antioxidant hydrosol is considered an anti-aging skin treatment, and is also a wonderful hair and scalp conditioner and treatment. We've noticed that healers tend to gravitate towards this one....must have powerful healing and purifying energy!
(M. spicata)
Has very similar properties as the other mints, with a candy-like (think Wrigley's gum!) scent. Lovely combined with peppermint for a "doublemint" spray, and wonderful added to your favorite herbal tea!
White Sage
(Salvia apiana)
As John remarked while disitlling this herb, "We will have NO evil sprits in here....ever!". This white sage, distilled from dried sage, is LOVELY and strong, and smells exactly like freshly dried white sage herb. This is the same herb typically used in smudge sticks, burned as incence. It has important ritual, mystical, and magical powers and association. This white sage hydrosol is a wonderful way to get the cleansing, purifying benefits of sage, without having to burn herbs. Simply spritz around your home, altar, or space, for refreshing, purifying energy.

"Hydrosols contain all of the plant in every drop, just like a hologram. Here we have the water-soluble components, the essential-oil molecules, the very fluid that was flowing through the plant cells when the plant was collected. It's all there in a matrix of water that is so much more than water, one of the most recognized holograpic substances in healing."

Suzanne Catty, Hydrosols - The Next Aromatherapy

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