Herbal tea, otherwise known as tisane, is a tea-like drink made from infusing medicinal plants and herbs into warm or cold water. While tea is its own plant, Camellia sinensis, herbal tea is made from other types of plants, such as Rose, Lavender, Chamomile, Mint, and more. Herbal tea blends can be served on their own or mixed with Camellia sinesis to provide the caffeine, taste, and medicinal benefits of the tea leaf. An example of this is a “Moroccan Mint Tea,” which includes both green tea (Camellia sinensis) and spearmint leaf.
Hydrosols, also known as Flower Waters / Floral Waters, are a by-product of the distillation process when producing an essential oil. One of the ways essential oils are products is through steam distillation. When this happens, the dried plant material is placed into a still and flooded with steamed, which results in a plant-infused water. This plant-infused water, or Hydrosol, is molecularly altered through the distillation process to contain chemical compounds from the plant. When this water is cooled and condenses, the essential oils separate out from it and the Hydrosol is what’s left. Often times, “flower waters” will be sold on the market as “hydrosols,” but they are simply regular water mixed with essential oils. This is not a hydrosol or authentic flower water because it is not a water that has gone through the distillation process and become chemically altered, it is just an essential oil / water mix.