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Harvest to Hydrosol

Book Cover for Harvest to Hydrosol

Author: Ann Harman
Publisher: botANNicals
Copyright: 2015
Number of Pages: 263
ISBN: 978-0-9913859-0-4

With nearly 20 years of distillation experience, Harvest to Hydrosol is written by one of the most experienced and respected hydrosol distillers in the world. Author Ann Harman provides an enlightening and thorough introduction and background into hydrosols and the world of hydrosol distillation.

Harvest to Hydrosol is beautifully designed and presented, with many lovely color photos, illustrations, quotations, tables and a lovely forward by Jeanne Rose. Ann's writing style is comfortable, friendly and enlightening.

Ann Harman's knowledge and passion for hydrosols and hydrosol distillation shines through her book. It is clear that Ann possesses a genuine love of helping others learn the art and science of distillation. She put the same attention to detail into the content and presentation of Harvest to Hydrosol as she puts into the distillation of her precious hydrosols.

While Harvest to Hydrosol is written primarily for those interested in actively pursuing the distillation of hydrosols, it is also an absolute must-have addition to the libraries of everyone that sells, utilizes, studies and educates others about these precious waters.

The text from the back of the book and the full table of contents are shown below. What may not be entirely evident from the Table of Contents, and thus I want to specifically mention it here, is that Chapter 10 provides profiles of over 20 hydrosols that include details on cultivation, recommended harvest time, recommended type of distillation and likely components/constituents of the resulting hydrosol. Additionally, the appendix contains the GC/MS results for over 20 hydrosols.

After reading Harvest to Hydrosol, you will possess a much-much deeper and thorough understanding and appreciation for hydrosols and their distillation.

Harvest to Hydrosol is currently out of print. It has become very difficult to acquire, even used. Ann Harman is currently working on a second edition.

October 19, 2020 Update: Ann Harman has released an Online Adaptation of the First Edition of Harvest to Hydrosol (This link leads to Ann Harman's site).

About the Author

Ann Harman is an organic farmer who has been distilling plants for nearly two decades. Each year she teaches the Art of Distillation workshops, in addition to lecturing on hydrosols both nationally and internationally. Through her organization, Circle H Institute, she conducts research on hydrosols which will one day lead us to a better understanding of these complex waters.

Additional Information Included on the Back Cover

Harvest to Hydrosol is a detailed introduction to this product of distillation, once simply called the "water of distillation" and now called the hydrosol. She has done the research, looked into the ancient texts, unearthed the secrets that have been kept and often long forgotten.
~Jeanne Rose, Aromatic Plant Project

Harvest to Hydrosol is an outstanding and admirable contribution to the body of knowledge that has been written on distillation and hydrosols. Ann Harman personally guides her readers on an extraordinary and sacred journey into the beauty of nature's gifts.
~ Andrea Butje, Aromahead Institute

The ACT of distillation is an art in itself; it is so much more than the preparation of a simple recipe. In the words of the author, "the book you have in your hands is a road map..." You will learn how to navigate the distillation journey with the aid of this "road map" -- including:

  • Easy to follow with over 150 of photos, tables, and diagrams
  • Proven practices of distilling plants using copper alembic stills
  • Understand the senses — how the role of smell, sight, taste, hearing, and touch contributes to a successful distillation
  • Understand the plants -- including taxonomy, how and when you can distill each plant, and the author's recommendations based on experience
  • Unique insight -- understand the life and soul of water used in the distillation process

Harvest to Hydrosol is a unique book which includes the proven practices of the author, including research conducted by the author's organization, the Circle H Institute.

Packed with a wealth of research and personal expertise, Harvest to Hydrosol leads you on a practical and mystical journey of a plant's transformation into a hydrosol. Ann Harman uses her years of experience as an artisan distiller, farmer, and botanist, to guide you in how to easily and expertly distill your own hydrosols.

Table of Contents for Harvest to Hydrosol

  • Acknowledgments
  • Foreword by Jeanne Rose
  • Introduction
  • Section 1: The Act of Distilling
    • Chapter 1: Distilling Exquisite Hydrosols
      • Distillation
      • What is in a Name?
      • Ancient Waters
      • Evolution of the Alembic Still
      • Hydrosols as the Primary Product
    • Chapter 2: First Things First
      • Choosing Your Still
      • Setting Up Your Space
      • First Use and Maintenance of Your Still
    • Chapter 3: Let's Get Started
      • Types of Distillation
      • Fresh Not Dry
      • Packing the Still
      • Sanitation
        Flight Check
      • Proper Condensing
    • Chapter 4: Nuts and Bolts
      • Yields
      • pH and Meters
      • Data and Labeling
      • Care and Storage
      • Essential Oil Glands
      • Water Solubles
      • Education and Research
  • Section 2: The Art of Distilling
    • Chapter 5: Using All of Your Senses
      • Plant's Perfume -- Sense of Smell
      • Observation -- Sense of Sight
      • Drinking the Plants -- Sense of Taste
      • The "Stills Sing" -- Sense of Hearing
      • Petting the Still - Sense of Touch
      • Timing is Everything -- Intuition
    • Chapter 6: The Water
      • Sacred Water, Ancient Wisdom
      • Living Water
      • Anomalies of Water
      • Natural Flow
      • Intention
      • Homeopathy and Hydrosols
    • Chapter 7: The Botanicals
      • Know What You Are Distilling!
      • Taxonomy, the Science of Classification
      • Chemotypes
      • Plant Part
      • Harvest Timing
    • Chapter 8: The Copper
      • The "Still Note"
      • Copper Precipitate
      • Copper as a Preservative
      • Copper Toxicity
    • Chapter 9: The Alchemist
    • Chapter 10: The Stillroom
      • Plant Families
      • Favorite Uses
  • Appendix
  • Source List
  • Bibliography
  • Index


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