I make my own hydrosols using whole flowers, petals, healing herbs and fruits grown in my garden or in Cyprus, where my sister lives and gardens. I use the hydrosols as a basis of all my soaps and flower waters and it is this process that makes our soaps so special, unlike any others you may have used.
This is how I make the hydrosols……
Making Orange Blossom Hydrosols in Cyprus
It was a beautiful sunny May morning in Cyprus when my sister Amanda, Connie, Flossie and I went gathering for a basketful of orange blossom flowers. We walked up the dirt path to the orange grove in brilliant sunshine, and the scent of the blossom was heady in the air. The trees were abuzz with bees and in the dappled sunshine of the undergrowth we had to watch out for basking snakes.
We picked the flowers by pinching the flower heads just behind the nodes, so we were able to maximise the scent for our hydrosol.
Our fingers became saturated with sticky pollen from the anthers, but we didn’t mind as the scent was wonderful and so uplifting.
The heat of the sun really brought out the incredible scent of the orange blossom. In the grove there were lemon, grapefruit and orange trees, but the orange scent was the most potent.
I picked the orange blossom from the orange trees in the shade, as the sun was just too hot for me. The trees were pruned to a manageable height of between ten and twelve feet high and were festooned in both oranges and the blossom.
We use the orange blossom to make a hydrosol, or flower water, that is the floral base for our soaps and to make a flower water spitzer that I sell in Stratford-upon-Avon.