Best Plants for Hydrosols

The best plants for creating hydrosols come from the Lamiaceae family. These are aromatic plants that have square stems, paired and simple leaves, and two-lipped open-mouthed tubular flowers.

The following is a list of some of the major genera and species in the mint family, arranged alphabetically by common name.

  • bergamot (M. didyma and others)
  • catnip (Nepeta cataria)
  • dragonhead (genus Dracocephalum)
  • hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)
  • lavender (genus Lavandula)
  • lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
  • mint (genus Mentha)
  • peppermint (M. ×piperita)
  • spearmint (M. spicata)
  • genus Ocimum
  • basil (Ocimum basilicum)
  • marjoram (O. majorana)
  • oregano (O. vulgare)
  • patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)
  • rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
  • salvia (genus Salvia)
  • chia (S. hispanica)
  • sage (S. officinalis)
  • savory (genus Satureja)
  • thyme (Thymus vulgaris)


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