Optimising hydrolat extraction from aromatic plants

Maintaining the quality and naturalness of traditionally produced floral waters by stabilising them with modern green technology

Published on 2020-09-28   –   Publication: Nutraceutical Business Review   –   Author : Minasolve 

The distillation of hydrolats or flower waters goes back centuries. The technique of steam distillation was used at the beginning of the golden age of Arabian culture, for example, in the 8th century.

The hydrolat is the evaporation water that is produced during the steam distillation of an aromatic plant or flower. At the end of the distillation, it separates from the essential oil and is now loaded with steam-volatile aromatic molecules (Figure 1).

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