Cedar Leaf Hydrosol - Thuja occidentalis
Also known as arborvitae, white cedar or "Tree of Life". The cedar tree is part of the cupressaceae botanical family which includes both red and white cedars. It is native to Canada and other parts of North America. Although it is often referred to as cedar, it's not actually part of the cedar family.
This exquisite sweet and refreshing hydrosol has been used for centuries by many native cultures to purify the air, remove negative energies and attract healthy positive spirits. According to North Amercan legend, cedar is considered the protector as it is a favorite of the "Thunder Beings" . It is common practise to burn cedar leaves, incense made from the tree or spray the hydrosol during thunderstorms as the legend also indicates that lightening will not hit a cedar tree.
While the essential oil is considered toxic and requires skilled use by trained Aromatherapists and other essential oil users, the hydrosol is quite gentle and can be used safely for many purposes.
Aroma: very light, sweet but refreshing and reminiscent of cedar trees
Storage: For optimum shelf life, all hydrosols should be kept in the refrigerator or cool place below 50F, and out of direct light.
Skin: astringent effect, disinfect wounds, soothe inflamed skin.
Pets: Used widely in pet products as they prefer the natural aroma to synthetic perfumes. Add to natural soaps, make sprays to reduce odours on pets and their beds
Home: Make a spray to freshen the air, provide outdoor aroma in winter
Spiritual: Used as a "liquid smudge" when burning incense or sage sticks is not an opton. Native traditions indicate it helps to clear negative spirits and energies. Combine with sweetgrass hydrosol for better effects.
This hydrosol is distilled right here in Ontario, Canada!
Hydrosols - A by-product from the distillation of essential oils. Most common are orange blossom, rose, lavender, rosemary and chamomile. If an essential oils has been distilled then its hydrosol exists. In most cases, hydrosols are very pleasant and friendly to the skin. These waters are mildly antiseptic, astringent, and lightly fragrant. They can be applied directly to the skin as a toner, mixed with creams, in facial compresses, lotions or used as a body splash. A great alternative to essential oils when treating children and are often referred to as the ‘gentle aromatherapy.’ When possible, use instead of just water. Conversely, a plant can be distilled which does not produce an essential oil, but does have aromatic and therapeutic properties such as witch hazel or sweetgrass.