Hydrosols or botanical tonics are produced by steam distilling medicinal plant material through an alembic potstill. The hydrosol is what remains after the essential oil has been tapped off.
The hydrosols can be consumed for the health benefits of the plants, , and some can be used as unique additions to cocktails, kombucha, or iced tea. In cooking and cocktails, use only a small amount as the taste is intense.
Substitute for some of the water content in your sweet baking (e.g. cupcakes or icing), or even with red meat dishes. Rooibos is known for its potent anti-oxidant benefits, whilst lavender is effective for relieving stress and inflammation.