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Distilling Plant Hydrosols and Essential Oil in Your Kitchen

with Deena Class, Ph.D., Herbal Educator

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Date: Saturday, April 29, 2023

Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Fee: $62 ($56 Members) - supplies are included!



Join Deena Class for this hands-on workshop on how to distill plant hydrosols right in your kitchen! What's a hydrosol, you ask? It's the product of steam distillation of plants that yields deliciously-scented 'floral water' (the hydrosol part) AND essential oils! In commercial distillation, the essential oils are bottled separately, but we leave the EOs in our hydrosol!


During the workshop, Deena will teach you the basics of distilling:

1) Basic kitchen equipment and more traditional distilling equipment for anyone interested in getting further into the practice
2) Some plants to distill at home (we'll be working with what is locally abundant at the time of the workshop- beautyberry leaves, possible anise hyssop, etc.)
3) When to 'water distill' vs. when to 'steam distill'

4) Ways to work with your hydrosol (e.g., soapmaking, body or room sprays, insect-repelling pet sprays, etc.)

Deena specializes in allergy-friendly herbal products, so the hydrosol will be free of the Top 8 food allergens and Deena will provide a gluten-free alternative recipe for the traditional 'sealing compound' (typically made with wheat flour).



Our intention is to respect plant and regional individuality. We also respect individual learning and teachings. With that in mind, we encourage you to consult with an experienced authority in your locality to discuss any plant decisions you make related to health and well-being.


Remaining Seats: 1

Registration open through 4/28/2023 12:00 PM EST

About the Instructor

Dr. Deena Class began studying herbalism and making her own skincare products at the tender age of 18 (in 1997) to help with her own severe, lifelong eczema. After running a micro-skincare-business in the early 2000's, life took her abroad and she spent the following decade living, learning and loving in 7 different countries across 4 continents. Being a bit of a collector at heart, she kept deepening and broadening her knowledge of herbalism and, especially, holistic skincare, even as she collected degrees and experience in public health. While these adventures abroad were deeply meaningful, Deena couldn't wait to have a place to call "home" and set down roots (literally and figuratively). Relocating to the Piedmont, NC in 2014, she fell in love with the North Carolina Botanical Garden and now folds native plants into her gardening, herbalism, skin care making and natural dyeing.  

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