Aliksir Distillery

by Andrea Butje on January 13, 2014

Aliksir Distillery is a hidden gem tucked into a rural area outside Quebec city, Canada.

The farm is located in Grondines, a small rural municipality of the Comté de Portneuf bordering the St-Lawrence River in Quebec. Aliksir has been producing essential oils since 1988. It has always been a family business focused on medicinal plants and healing with essential oils.

Lucy of Aliksir recently created a new product called Essential Waters.

Essential waters are created by distilling plant material using a special proprietary technique that emulsifies the essential oil and hydrosol, resulting in a distilled water that’s stronger than a hydrosol (produced during normal essential oil distillation), but much gentler than an essential oil.

Essential Waters are water-soluble and are perfect for adding to drinking water (we add 1–2 teaspoons of Essential Water to an 8 oz. glass of water). They’re also wonderful for cooking.

The strength is perfect! Essential Waters are easy to digest and gentle. The cardamom, peppermint and cinnamon are my personal favorites. I use the peppermint in my water during the summer—it’s so cooling and refreshing! I use the cardamom and cinnamon in warm water during winter, as they are warming and feel great in my belly.

If you want to order the Essential Waters and you live in Canada, you can order directly from Lucy. Lucy ships all over the world.

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Sue June 22, 2016 at 12:15 pm

I am very intrigued by this but wonder what is the difference between an essential water and just adding essential oil with an emulsifier to a glass of water? I understand the hydrosol part, but am confused by the addition of the oils. I would appreciate any clarification <3


Andrea Butje June 23, 2016 at 9:50 am

Sue, essential water goes through a special process to completely emulsify the oil with water. Also, as a hydrosol, it carries water soluble properties of the plant which is different from essential oil.


Sue June 23, 2016 at 3:34 pm

Thank you. So it’s completely safe to drink, not like dropping drops of essential oil into a glass of water and drinking it. I am grateful for your replies. I am really looking forward to purchasing some of these and want to make sure I’m using them safely and correctly 🙂


Andrea Butje June 24, 2016 at 3:35 pm

Yes Sue – essential Waters are water-soluble and are perfect for adding to drinking water!


Teresa July 15, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Essential Waters sound great, but I have not been able to locate them on Karen’s website. Is there a specific link? When I click on the link above, it takes me to lip balm tubes and no products appear when I do a search. Thank you for any help.


Andrea Butje July 17, 2015 at 3:08 pm

Oops – thanks for pointing that out Teresa! Turns out that Aromatics International no longer sells the Essential Waters, but Aliksir still carries them.


Liz Fulcher January 17, 2014 at 10:11 am

I live on the east coast of the United States, and visiting Aliksir is a road trip high on my list for next summer. I’ve tried their essential waters and they are a superb addition to one’s aromatic arsenal. Thank you for sourcing and sharing these amazing distillers Andrea! Liz


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