About the Plants
*All Plants we collect are unsprayed and gathered with full permission from those who oversee / own the land where we collect. We practice sustainable plant collection / wildcrafting.*
Cleveland Sage (Salvia clevelandii)is a beautiful sage native to San Diego County and Northern Baja California. It is known for its gorgeous purple flowers and is considered one of the most fragrant species of sage. The aroma of this type of sage has a very lemony top note. Cleveland Sage is anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious, and supports respiratory function. Should not be used by pregnant or lactating women or those with a sensitivity to camphor.
California Sagebrush (Artemisia californica) is native to Southern and Central California as well as Northern Baja. It is one of the plants of the coastal sage scrub landscape. It is known for its silvery light green color and its aroma is almost minty with hints of grassy sweetness. California Sagebrush is known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Anna Apple is native to Israel. Therefore it thrives in the Southern California landscape which sits at a relatively similar latitude. When distilled, Anna Apple hydrosol is a light and bright aromatic that is beyond refreshing when spritzed after exposure to the sun or heat. This is a great after-sun spray and facial toner.
Red Ironbark Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus sideroxylon) is not native to Southern California. It is originally from Egypt. It can be recognized by its deep red bark (Ironbark). It has a clean and bright Eucalyptus aroma with a lemon finish. Its aroma is slightly milder than other species of Eucalyptus. Red Ironbark Eucalyptus is antifungal and antibacterial and supports respiratory function.
Mediterranean or Italian Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) is native to the Mediterranean region. It is known for its deep green, dense foliage and distinctive cones. It has a very herbaceous aroma with a top note of tangerine. It is toning, anti-dandruff, anti-aging.
Wild Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) is a naturalized (non-native) species that is thought to have been brought over from Italy around 120 years ago for culinary purposes. Wild Fennel can be found growing prolifically across Southern California. It has a distinct anise aroma. Fennel supports digestive function.
Blue Gum Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) is native to Australia, but has become naturalized in many places throughout the world, including much of California. This oil is sweet, bright and citrusy. Blue Gum Eucalyptus supports respiratory function, is antiseptic and antimicrobial.
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is a well-known herb that was first described in England and is now grown in many, many parts of the world. It has many wonderful properties such as being cooling to the body, supporting the digestive system and circulatory function, and is also very energizing.
Rose Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) is native to Southern Africa. It is known as “scented geranium” because of its distinct citrusy rose aroma. Rose Geranium hydrosol makes an excellent toner for all skin types, it is even said to be regenerative to the skin. It is also anti-inflammatory for the skin. Rose Geranium also supports and balances hormonal function in women.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is native to the Mediterranean region. This culinary herb has long been said to strengthen memory and mental sharpness. It possesses a very invigorating aroma. It is toning and slightly astringent. It promotes circulatory and respiratory functions and possesses antimicrobial properties, as well.
Citrus Geranium (Pelargonium crispum) is native to South Africa. Geranium species are known to be calming and promote relaxation. The citrus variety is also very uplifting. Geranium has antibacterial properties that make it a great toner and cleanser for the face, as well as being helpful for skin with acne. Geranium hydrosol added to bathwater can be soothing and calming.
Lemon Balm & Ginger Mint (Melissa officinalis & Mentha x gracilis), our first co-distill. These two plants were growing completely intertwined in our dear friend’s beautiful garden. It seemed natural to experiment with a co-distillation when they were harvested. The result is a beautiful citrus, ginger, minty aroma. It is like a splash of fruit. This combination has produced a very uplifting hydrosol.
Curry Plant (Helichrysum italicum) is native to the Mediterranean region. It is known for its regenerative and restorative properties for the skin. The hydrosol has a very strong curry-like aroma, although this plant is not used in making curry used for cooking. The hydrosol can be used to tone, hydrate and rejuvenate the skin.
Lime (Citrus aurantifolia) This distillation produced a beautiful result. It is very uplifting and invigorating. The hydrosol contains both fruity notes and notes of the zest, as the whole fruit was used in the distillation process. Lime has astringent, antiviral, antibacterial and disinfectant properties.