Organic Lavender Hydrosol smells slightly different from the herb and essential oil. It is lighter and somewhat earthier in fragrance and doesn't possess the camphorous note that many Lavender essential oils have.Lavender
) is a strongly aromatic shrub with pale green, narrow, linear leaves and violet - blue flowers. Native to the low mountains of the Mediterranean region
, now is cultivated all over the world for its essential oil
The influence of the time of distillation on the content and composition of the essential oil
isolated from lavender
) by steam distillation was investigated. The maximum essential oil
percentage (2%) was obtained after 2 hours of distillation
, while the minimum essential oil
percentage (1%) was obtained after 40 minutes of distillation
. Lavender oil
is easily extracted from the flower heads using steam distillation
. The best effect of distillation
time on Lavender essential oil
yield and composition when extracted from dried flowers.
If the time of distillation
is too short, higher boiling point compounds may be lacking. When the time of distillation
is too long, the oil
may have unpleasant smell.
According to Pitman
, nearly 75% of the total oil
yield comes in the first 25 minutes of distillation
, to give a commercial grade Lavender oil
. Obtaining of the other
molecules, like coumarins, take another 50 - 80 minutes of distillation
is a simple method of universal application and the inexpen - sive equipment. Unfortunately, during this process molecular
of double bonds and de - esterification of esters to alcohols
and carbo - xylic acids
In case of Lavender oil
, the levels of linalool
and linalyl ace
- tate are key determinants of the overall fragrance of the oil
is sweeter, but the odour of its ester, linalyl acetate
is more refreshing. The linalool
to linalyl acetate
ratio may change in different distillation
times and may affect the final odour of the oil
According to literature data, in high quality Lavender oil
, the ratio of linalyl acetate
should be higher than one. Commercially produced Lavender oil
is often distilled for only 15 minutes at a very high temperature and under very high pressure. Although the oil
is easily sold, it is of very poor quality. In order to make it smell like the genuine plant
fragrance, synthetic linalyl acetate
is often added.Distillation
is conducted by boiling the water
beneath the charge with steam brought from a boiler to a coil, the top of which must be at least 1 foot beneath the bottom of the charge chamber. The oil
flow from the condenser must be watched for, and complete distillation
of the charge usually takes about six hours from commencement of the flow.
The yield of the oil
is apt to vary considerably from season to season, as the age of the bushes and the weather will affect both the quantity and quality of the product. The amount of sunlight in the weeks before distillation has a great influence: the best oil
is obtained after a hot, droughty season, heavy rains detract from the yield.
should be left for several months to become quite clear and transparent before it is offered for sale. At Hitchin, it has been calculated that 60 lb. of good flowers will yield on the average 16 fluid ounces of oil.
Growers not doing their own distilling
, but preparing the flowers dry for market, should spread the stalks out in the open, on trays or sieves, in a cool, shady position, out of the sun, so that they may dry slowly. The trays should be raised a few feet from the ground, to ensure a warm current of air, and the stems must not be allowed to touch, or the flowers will be spoilt by the moist heat engendered. They must be taken indoors before there is any risk of them getting damp either by dew or showers. When dry, they should be stored in a dry place and made up into bundles. The flowers may also be stripped from the stalks and dried by a moderate heat. They have a greyish-blue colour when dried.Lavender Hydrosol
can be used directly on the skin. It can also be used as part or all of the water phase for nonionic or cationic creams and lotions, as well as in room and body sprays. This is is a naturally preserved product, but it is for external use only.
The flowers and leaves are used as an herbal medicine
, either in the
form of Lavender oil
or as an herbal tea
. The flowers are also used as a
culinary herb, most often as part of the French
herb blend called
herbes de Provence
pH <3.5 (For dry skin, normal, sensitive,oily, mixed skin types, for expanded capillaries)
Lavender Hydrosol is one of the most balanced natural cosmetic products. Ideal for all skin types. Lavender cools, reduces inflammation, and is also highly respected for its regenerative properties.
If you working in dry, air-conditioned rooms, spend a lot of time in computer you can moisture and refresh face and neck with Lavender Water.
Levander Hydrosol is an inexhaustible freshener for travels, not only for the face, but also for your hands, for tired legs or for the whole body.
You can soothe the sunburns, insect bites, itching for the Lavender Hydrolate. Spray it after depilation or shaving.
The little girls likes to have her own "perfume" - the "perfume" of the Lavender Hydrosol, as much as it does not rub, will not cause allergies on a small body.