Home Hydrosol Distillation
Saturday, April 18
Time: 9:30 am – 2 pm
Instructor: Heather Bruno
The ancient art of hydrosol distillation made from fresh flowers, leaves, roots, bark, seeds, and even fruits is one that deepens our relationships with plants. They are safer than essential oils, gentle, easy to use…and so much fun to make!
The workshop will unpack what hydrosols are, the history of hydrosols, methods of distillation, the process of preparing and operating a still, proper storage, and the many ways we can use these vital plant essences for supporting wellness of the mind, body and spirit. Discover the myriad uses for using hydrosols for health and wellness and acquire an understanding of the considerations that go into crafting a fresh high quality hydrosol, including living water, fresh plants, and sound ecological practices, and the intention and magic that YOU bring to crafting this transformative medicine. For those who choose not to use a copper still, Heather will talk about what can be used that’s available in just about everyone’s kitchen!
An ethical and accessible alternative to essential oils for aromatherapy, hydrosols are a safe and gentle natural plant remedy that are a useful addition to your herbal toolbox! Explore the plants Heather chooses for the distillation – their medicine, magic, and constituents, while we dive into the alchemy of the ancient distillation process using a traditional copper alembic still, which is a beautiful work of art in itself! Heather is a master at distilling plants and her passion shows her intimate knowledge with both the plants and distillation process.
The workshop will be primarily demonstration with opportunities for hands-on learning as well as lots of sampling – and you’ll take home hydrosols made during the workshop!
Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center. Address will be provided in the registration notification email.
What to Bring:
1. 2 sterilized 4 ounce jars. Simply boil your jars for 10 minutes after washing. Heather will have some available for purchase as well.
Heather Bruno is the owner of Field and Forest Botanicals, a passionate wildcrafter and medicine maker who focuses on ecologically harvested local plants to create products that nurture, heal and sustain us physically, spiritually, and emotionally. She is a member of the American Herbalist Guild and Associate Faculty at Edmonds Community College where she teaches classes in Early Childhood Education. Heather apprenticed with Suzanne Tabert of Cedar Mountain Herb School and has been a student of herbalism since 1992. Heather supports students to feel empowered to discover and embrace their own wisdom of plants as they open themselves to what the plants wish to teach.
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