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What is hydro-sol ?
Lavender hydro-sol is a product in the distillation of lavender.

The flowers are placed in a stainless steel colander  fitted into the top of an old Tea-urn, filled to just beneath the flowers with Spring water, then the lid is sealed.

urn

The urn is then turned on to boil. A hole in the lid is connected to a condenser. The condenser is a series of tubes which are surrounded by cold water so that the steam and the oil that are liberated from the lavender condenses into hydro-sol and essential oil.

condenser

The oil separates out and is collected  as essential oil. The remaining hydro-sol contains fully emulsified essential oil.

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