We distilled the fresh lavender (see post below). Can i just say - WOW?! We used fresh, locally grown lavender - "fat spike" variety. I cut off all the stems, and just put the flowering tops in the still. It is AMAZING hydrosol!! Really strong, with lots of essential oil, and a fantastic scent.
We got about a third of a gallon of this amazing hydrosol. I have put it on our website; if you're interested in ordering some, go to our hydrosols page. Lavender hydrosol is good for just about everything! It would make a fantastic facial toner, sheet spray, or disinfecting wash for scrapes and cuts. It helps repel insects, and would be great on pet bedding.
and you KNOW i'm gonna try some in an aloholic beverage. I'll let you know what I come up with. :)