- Evolution of Aromatic Waters 16min
- Hydrolat Basics 22min
- Purchasing and Caring for Hydrolats 22min
Hydrolats: From Analyses to Zingiber (Part 1)
What You'll Learn
- To explore the evolution of distillation
- To understand proper terminology
- To become an educated buyer
- To understand safety issues with hydrolats
Hydrolats may be as old as distillation itself yet we know so little about them. In this course, we will start and the beginning with the history of hydrolats. We will learn how hydrolats are distilled and show the difference between hydrolats distilled as primary, secondary and waste products. We will then move on to learning how to become a well-informed consumer by learning how and where purchase high quality hydrolats, how to tell the difference between a true hydrolat and a fake. We will also learn how to care for these precious waters and discuss safety issues and shelf life.
Ann Harman is a distiller, organic farmer, amateur botanist and lover of plants. She lives and teaches in Washington state. Ann is an author, teacher and international speaker.
Ann began her journey with plants at an early age when she started studying the native plants and their medicinal uses in high school. She went on to study botany, and ethnobotany at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Ann fell in love with distillation when she was introduced to it at a United Plant Saver’s retreat in the late 1990’s. She bought her first still after that retreat and has been distilling ever since. Ann spent many years honing her craft and in 2005 she founded Morning Myst Botanics, a company dedicated to wholesaling hydrosols distilled as a primary product. She sold the business eight years later so she could concentrate on her research of hydrosols that had become her passion.
Ann founded the Circle H Institute, a website dedicated to education, researching and promoting hydrosols. It is this website where she houses the data on hydrosols that she has been collecting for more than 25 years. She loves to share her research through the website and also through unique hands on workshops that focus on distillations. These workshops bring experts from around the globe to Spokane, WA for engaging, quality hands on experiences in the art of distillation.
In 2015 Ann self-published her first book, Harvest to Hydrosol, this book was a compilation of her workshops and shared what she has learned along the way in her distillation journey. She has found that the learning never stops and is currently writing a second edition to include what she has learned since she wrote the first edition.
When she is not distilling or gardening she enjoys riding her horses, painting and appreciating the nature that surrounds her.