Hydrosol Mix of the Week - Juniper, Lemon and Sage
Juniper is cleansing, purifying and has some astringent properties. It helps clear skin and stimulate circulation. As a stand alone hydrosol, it's great for reviving tired feet and legs (superb after a long day of walking or shopping). It is equally effective as a stimulating scalp tonic. Its green, resin-like scent is almost medicinal and has a manly, serious quality about it. At the same time, the scent is quite refreshing and 'foresty'.
Sage hydrosol offers purifying, balancing, and deodorizing properties. It also brings sweat-inhibiting qualities (ideal for hot summer days and hot flashes). The crisp, green, scent is mild and quite pleasant.
See this earlier post about sage for more info.
A lemon 'hydrosol' isn't a true hydrosol. Because lemon essential oil is not made from steam distillation, but from pressing the rinds, it is only possible to make a lemon 'hydrosol' with evaporated and condensed organic lemon juice. It is a lovely, mild, and skin-friendly liquid with a large concentration of aromatic molecules (and smells delicious). See this earlier post about lemon for more info.
The Combo - and What I Learned
Gin is mixed with all kinds of other spirits, so, logically, one would assume a juniper hydrosol would lend itself to participating in a hydrosol cocktail. And so it does! These 3 hydrosols mix so beautifully that it is pure refreshing luxury to use this blend as a skin drench. I will most definitely be repeating this combination. It's positively exhilarating! Lesson: don't be afraid to throw caution to the wind when mixing hydrosols!