Hydrosols And Skin Health

Hydrosols are wonderful liquids that are used for a number of purposes which can be related to the skin or the human body in general. Hydrosols are indeed a boon for the skin. When in the right manner and proportion, they do wonders for skin.

Hydrosols, sometimes also known as floral waters are the product of plant steam distillation. Hydrosols are like an essential oil but far less concentrated, in fact there is generally less than .02% essential oil in the average separated Hydrosol. This is because the Essential Oils are gleaned from the top of the distillate and collected separately.

Both Hydrosols and the Essential Oils are produced through the process of steam distillation.

An amount of Lavender, dependent on the size of the ‘Still’ is placed in a basket suspended over a water bath. The water is heated to boiling causing the steam to rise through the plant material. This steam causes the plant glands to burst and release the oils and essence of the plant into the steam. As the steam carrying the oils rises, it is passed though a cooling condenser which turns it back into a liquid, dropping it out into a collection device.

As this liquid cools, it separates with the Essential Oils rising to the top. These are generally separated out further using a French Seive or mechanical Essencier giving two distinct products, Essential Oils and Hydrosols or Floral Waters. When separating the Essential Oil out, there is still generally .02% Essential Oil remaining. However there are many current distillers who prefer to create a more potent Hydrosol with a greater concentration.

Hydrosols contain the complete essence of the entire plant but in a milder form.

Hydrosols make great toners and refreshers for the skin. Having no alcohol they are not drying so they can be used several times a day – useful for hot days or when travelling. Try keeping a spray bottle of hydrosol in the fridge in summer. Hydrosols can also be used as -

  • The basis for room sprays
  • To mix with clays to make masks
  • In skin care products

Have a look at our reference links now -

  1. Floral Waters by Wise Geek
  2. Hydro-sols by Natural Home Spa
  3. Floral Flowers by Chemistry

Floral Waters – Soothing Souls

Floral waters or call them hydrosols, are no less than magical potions for the ailing skins. The hydrosols are wonderful respites from any so-called solution that can be harmful in the long run. Floral waters are absolutely pure and antiseptic.

Hydrosols, also known as floral waters and hydrolats, are the by-products of the steam distillation of essential oils. The hydrosols contain small quantities of the essential oils themselves, as well as water-soluble components of the plants that would otherwise be lost in the distillation process.

Hydrosols differ from many of the “face sprays” and “spritzers” available in shops (which also occasionally call themselves floral waters) which are often a simple mix of water and essential oil, sometimes with a little food colouring added to make it too “authentic”.

Hydrosols have a very subtle energy, and are therefore a useful addition and complement to essential oil-based therapy where a gentle approach is desired. Traditionally hydrosols are most commonly used for skin care, but they are also useful for eye inflammation and infection, and can be taken internally.

Until recently, the most readily available hydrosols were rose, lavender, chamomile and neroli (orange flower). But over the last few years more and more possibilities have been explored, as people realize that if it can be distilled, there can be a hydrosol.

  • Chamomile, Roman – soothing; anti-inflammatory; relieves stress; a compress for migraines; relieves nappy-rash; suitable for sensitive, inflamed or dry skin; sunburn; excellent for eyes
  • Lavender – soothing; gentle; balancing; antiseptic; suitable for all skin types; eczema; razor-burn; healing for burnt skin (including sunburn)
  • Manuka – cleansing; anti-fungal; antiseptic mouthwash
  • Melissa – hot flashes; a compress to relieve pain of shingles; suitable for oily skin
  • Neroli – calming; balancing; hydrating; rejuvenating; uplifting; anti-depressant; relieves stress; mildly astringent; suitable for all skin types
  • Peppermint – refreshing; deodorizing; cooling; antibacterial; mouthwash; clears sinus congestion; excellent as a facial and body spray in summer
  • Rose – refreshing; soothing; anti-inflammatory; regenerative; rehydrating; a gargle for sore or inflamed throats; suitable for sensitive or dry skin; soothes irritated eyes
  • Rose Geranium – balancing; antidepressant; hot flashes; suitable for oily or dry skin
  • Rosemary – refreshing; stimulating; razor-burn; suitable for congested skin
  • Tea Tree – stimulating; antiseptic; athlete’s foot; acne

Have a look at these reference links now -

  1. Floral Waters by Wise Geek
  2. Hydro-sols by Natural Home Spa
  3. Floral Flowers by Chemistry

Aromatherapy..Floral Waters – Best Of Friends

Whenever you hear the word aromatherapy, a picture of a person lying on stomach, with just a towel to cover the skin, and some nice fleshy and soft hands giving a sumptuous massage crosses the mind, isn’t it? Well, there is much to aromatherapy and floral waters.

Aromatherapy usually deals with essential oils that are derived from plant material either via distillation or expression. The latter method is used for fixed oils like olive, almond, sesame, etc., and also, for the volatile citrus oils which are expressed from the peel or zest of fruits mainly like –

  • Orange
  • Lemon
  • Bergamot

However, the bulk of essential oils are produced by either hydro or steam distillation. This age-old process has been modernized for industrial purposes, but those who distil plants for health purposes still do so in the same delicate manner as distillers millennium ago.

The process produces a small amount of essential oil and a large amount of water and it is the waters, the co-product of distillation, or at least a portion of them, that are the hydrosols of which I write. I must say that in authentic distillation only 20-30% of the total waters produced would be deemed therapeutic and marketed as hydrosols, whereas in industrial distillation, which produces 3-4 times the volume of water, I have known companies to sell all of it as ‘therapeutic’ hydrosols for use primarily in the cosmetics industry.

Rosewater is a hydrosol, as is lavender, orange blossom, chamomile or rosemary water. In fact the most famous hydrosol is probably witch hazel, the distillate water of Hamamelis virginiana, and a product that is available in chemists and pharmacies all over the world. Unfortunately, due to its unstable nature, witch hazel is usually diluted with 10-30% alcohol to prevent bacterial growth. Which brings me to one last salient point – the issue of stabilizers and preservatives.

Hydrosols, since they are water, just beg to be used internally – to be consumed as a beverage. We need to drink water after all, so why not healing plant waters? In my definition, hydrosols are free from any additives, including stabilizers or preservatives such as alcohol, grapefruit seed extract or synthetic chemicals. It does not make sense to drink bottled or filtered water and then add chemicals to it – the same is true for hydrosols.

Have a look at our reference links now -

  1. Floral Waters by Wise Geek
  2. Hydro-sols by Natural Home Spa
  3. Floral Flowers by Chemistry

Preparing Your Own – Hydrosol

Using of hydrosols is one thing and preparing your own one is another. Hydrosols are very light, mild and are substances to be handled with utmost care. When used in the right manner and with right quantity, they can be of wonderful benefits.

A hydrosol is a process of extracting aromatic oils from various plants. Herbal hydrosols can easily be made at home in your kitchen. They are a great way to up the aroma factor in your life. While you are making the hydrosol your entire house will soak up the smell and then you can put the hydrosol in a spray bottle and spray it everywhere as often as you like. Here’s how you can prepare your very own hydrosol -

  • Put a 5 gallon enamel pot on the stove and put a brick in the bottom of the pot
  • Pour enough water into the pot so that the water comes to just below the brick, do not completely submerge the brick in the water
  • Add five handfuls of aromatic herbs to the water. You can use one herb or several depending on what you have available. Some of the aromatic herbs that can be used for making hydrosols are; rosemary leaf, sage leaf, thyme leaf, eucalyptus leaf, lavender stem, leaf and flower, lemon balm leaf, lemon verbena leaf, mugwort leaf and flower, orange peels and rose petals. All of these plants can be used in either fresh or dried form
  • Put a stainless steel metal bowl on top of the brick inside the pot
  • Put the lid on the pot, except put the lid on upside downward so that the top of the lid is pointing down into the inside of the pot
  • Empty three ice trays full of ice into the inverted lid that is on top of the pot
  • Turn the stove on low for ten to fifteen minutes or until all the ice melts in the lid, then remove the lid that is now filled with the melted ice and dump that water into the sink.
  • The plant oils will have precipitated into the metal bowl on top of the brick. Be careful to not let the melted ice water drip into the bowl. Let the smell from the plant oils that have been captured in the bowl waft through your house. Take the liquid that has settled into the metal bowl and put it into a sterilized mason jar or a spray bottle. You now have an herbal hydrosol.
  • Your herbal hydrosol is stable for six months to one year. Spray the herbal hydrosol around the house, in your car or use it as a bathroom freshener

Go through our reference links now -

  1. Floral Waters by Wise Geek
  2. Hydro-sols by Natural Home Spa
  3. Floral Flowers by Chemistry

The Many Hydrosols And Many Uses

There are a number of hydrosols in the world. Talking about the uses of thers, all the hydrosols or floral waters are just amazing at very mildly dealing with a number of skin conditions. Not only that, internal infections to can be kept at bay, using these.

Hydrosols or hydrolats are the isolated distillation condensate waters, either intentionally produced or produced as a by-product to essential oil production, where aromatic materials are steam or hydro-distilled. Hydrosols are used by aromatherapists, and are used in nebulisers, cosmetics & shampoos and to a limited extent in foodstuffs. Popular hydrosols include lavender water, orange flower water, kewda water etc. In India for example, kewda water (produced from male spadices of Pandanus odoratissmus flowers) is used for flavouring syrups, soft drinks & Moghlai cuisine.

Some genuine 100% natural hydrosols are storage-stable, and the natural bacteriostatic/fungicidal properties associated with many essential oils are enough to maintain product integrity (for a short shelf-life period at least). However, wherever natural products with a high water content are produced, opportunistic micro-organisms may become problematic. Those of you who have experience of brewery, potable water or dairy work will know that problems can occur which can be very difficult to eradicate.

It is also true that the essential oil in some hydrosols only show weak anti-microbial properties. The upshot of this situation is that individual floating colonies of (often gelatinous) opportunistic fungi are frequently seen in hydrosols. This situation may require producers to add preservatives, stabilisers, anti-oxidants etc. to maintain the product in a fit state for later usage – these should be clearly stated on the label/accompanying literature or on the producer’s website.

You can use Lavender hydrosol on your animals skin or fur if there is an irritation or itching, and also with young children for any sort of skin issue. Lavender hydrosol is also effective with radiation burns.

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Natural for children
  • Cleanse cuts and scrapes
  • Helps improve mood
  • Can add to a babies bath, clean baby’s bottom or combine with Chamomile for diaper rash (Susan Catty)
  • Calming, soothing
  • Refreshing room spray
  • Cooling
  • Analgesic

Have a look at our reference links now -

  1. Floral Waters by Wise Geek
  2. Hydro-sols by Natural Home Spa
  3. Floral Flowers by Chemistry

The Top 8 Of Floral Waters

Talking purely about floral waters, they are amazingly wonderful at helping the people suffering from a number of health conditions. These hydrosols are absolute boon for the ones who use these in the correct manner. Talking about the best 8 hydrosols/floral waters, here’s the list I have-

  1. Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) Comfrey distillate, although not very aromatic, has many skin benefits. Try spraying it on burned or irritated skin. I’ve had amazing results using it this way.
  2. Catnip (Nepeta cataria) This distillate has a potent catnip smell! The herb has a reputation for repelling insects. It should be a great base for formulating insect repellants.
  3. Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea) A pleasant fruity, floral, herby aroma. Clary sage is known for its many curative properties including joint and muscle pain. Also try it as a spray for improving mood or for hot flashes.
  4. Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) This distillate has a very strong aroma with some essential oil floating on top. Try it for anti-aging formulas. As a drink it may help obesity – again be sure it does not have preservatives in it for ingestion.
  5. Lavender (Lavandula sp) We grow alot of lavender on our farm and I just love this hydrosol. It is a combination of all the different lavenders we have. I keep a small spritzer in my pocket to use throughout the day. Many customers also buy this as well as rose for use on airplanes to hydrate the face.
  6. Rose (Rosa sp) We have put in a variety of roses on our farm that were chosen for their aromatic properties rather than their long stemmed flowers. Rose is great for skin hydration as well as mood. Many people like to use it after a yoga session to restore balance. This also makes a great ‘little girl’s perfume’ as it is very light.
  7. Mint (Mentha sp) I make this distillate from a variety of mints I grow including chocolate mint. The aroma is very strong and great for the sinuses. This is a great cooling mist for summer.
  8. Cucumber (Cucumis sativus) Cooling, astringent and hydrating, cucumber is an old standby in skin care. Did you put cucumber slices on your eyes when you were a teen? You can get that same cooling feeling spritzing cucumber distillate on your face.

Have a look at our reference links now -

  1. Floral Waters by Wise Geek
  2. Hydro-sols by Natural Home Spa
  3. Floral Flowers by Chemistry

Hydrosols – Drawing The Curtains From History

Hydrosols are a wonderful source of the richest of nourishment. They are loaded with qualities that are enough to deal with the most chronic of problems very naturally and without any side-effects. These are highly antiseptic in nature.

The Egyptians, Greeks and Romans are all known to have made great use of hydrosols for their healing and aesthetic properties alongside their infusions and unguents. See, hydrosols have similar properties to essential oils but are much less concentrated. The plant matter used in essential oil distillation imparts an incredulously addicting aroma to its remaining water.

Now supercharged with deeply active elements from the essence of the plant, this ready-to-use hydrosol offers a misty and therapeutic way to deliver a wide range of soothing skin benefits you’ve come to expect from face and body oils. Some plants are even specifically distilled for the resulting hydrosol instead of the hydrosol being simply a byproduct of the distillation. Unlike their “essential oil added to water” counterparts, true steam-distilled hydrosols contain all the nutritional components that whole plant materials have to offer.

Gentle hydrosols are water soluble & can be used directly on the skin without further dilution. Some brands will use hydrosols in place of water when creating natural fragrances, oils, creams, balms, facial toners and other skin care products to bring even higher grades of purity to their prducts. For fun, they can also be added to the bath and even be used on their own as a light cologne or body spray on pulse points if the fragrance is heady enough.

You may be surprised to learn that many of the ‘floral waters’ available in the cluttered organic market have been made with synthetic compounds which really end up without any therapeutic or beautifying qualities. Some of these variations are produced by adding essential oils or absolutes to water and using -

  • Alcohol
  • Dispersants
  • Solvents

But, know this, the richest hydrosols are usually a by-product of essential oil production. As such, the highest quality comes from devoted distillers who, with artist-like precision, steam small batches of fresh floral and plant material strictly to produce hydrosols, such as copper stills and processed through certified organic methods. Hydrosols contain all of the essence of the plant in every drop, just like essential oils but in a milder form; making them suitable for all manner of applications where essential oils might be too strong for daily use. In most hydrosols there is less than 5% actual oil.

Hava a look at these reference links now -

  1. Floral Waters by Wise Geek
  2. Hydro-sols by Natural Home Spa
  3. Floral Flowers by Chemistry

Niaouli Hydrosol

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I’m aware that its rare that you get to hear about this hydrosol but that doesn’t make its amazing qualities any less. The hydrosol is quite amazing at healing and curing many acute and for that matter, even chronic health related problems.

The health benefits of Niaouli Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties like analgesic, anti rheumatic, anti septic, bactericidal, balsamic, cicatrisant, decongestant, expectorant, febrifuge, insecticide, stimulant, vermifuge and vulnerary.

Niaouli is a large evergreen tree. The botanical name of Niaouli is Melaleuca Viridiflora and it is a native to Australia and a few neighbouring places. Due to the disinfectant and anti septic properties, it is widely used in a large variety of cosmetics such as lotions, creams, soaps, toothpastes etc. The essential oil of Niaouli is extracted through steam distillation of its fresh leaves and tender twigs. The main components of this oil are alpha phellandrene, alpha pinene, beta pinene, cineole, gamma terpineol, limonene, linalool and piperitone.

Let us now investigate the medicinal properties of this oil in little more details.

  • Analgesic: The pain relieving property of this oil makes it a good analgesic. It cuts out pain by inducing numbness in the nerves and by desensitizing the area. It is very effective in pains of headache, migraine, toothache, earache, muscle and joint pain and pain due to sprains.
  • Anti Rheumatic: This oil stimulates circulation of blood and lymph and prevents accumulation of uric acid in the joints as well as brings warmth. These two things together help give relief from rheumatism and arthritis, gout etc.
  • Anti Septic: Open wounds are prone to infections since bacteria, fungi and other microbes have very good chances of getting into the blood stream through these wounds. Bacteria also abode the uro-genital tracts, colon, prostrate, intestines and kidneys and cause infections of the urethra and other parts. The Essential Oil of Niaouli, with all its anti septic properties, can inhibit bacterial growth in the above mentioned areas and gives good protection against septic, tetanus and infections of the other internal organs.
  • Bactericidal: This oil kills bacteria and inhibits bacterial growth and infections.
  • Balsamic: This oil promotes growth and boosts health by promoting proper absorption and distribution of the nutrients in the body. It also increases strength.
  • Cicatrisant: You would never like to see scars on your face or your skin. You have also tried those creams and lotions in the market but got no results. Then why don’t you give a try to this oil of Niaouli. Being a cicatrisant, it diminishes scars and after marks left by acne, pimples or pox on the skin. This oil speeds up growth of new tissues and cells in the affected area and gives it a brand new look. These new tissues will replace the old and the damaged tissues of the scars and the scars will ultimately fade away.
  • Decongestant: It opens up congestion of lungs, bronchi, larynx, pharynx, trachea and the nasal tracts by clearing deposition of phlegm in those parts. This helps you breathe easily and have a good sleep at the end of the day.
  • Expectorant: The expectorant property of this oil loosens toughened depositions of phlegm or catarrh in the lungs, bronchi, larynx, pharynx, trachea and the nasal tracts and gives relief from heaviness in the chest, coughs and congestion.

Have a look at our reference links now -

  1. Floral Waters by Wise Geek
  2. Hydro-sols by Natural Home Spa
  3. Floral Flowers by Chemistry

Best Smelling Mild Liquids – Hydrosols

When it is about soothing and calming natural liquids, one  cannot think of better things than hydrosols, hydrosols are wonderful natural solutions.

Hydrosols or hydrolats are the isolated distillation condensate waters, either intentionally produced or produced as a by-product to essential oil production, where aromatic materials are steam or hydro-distilled. Hydrosols are used by aromatherapists, and are used in nebulisers, cosmetics & shampoos and to a limited extent in foodstuffs. Popular hydrosols include lavender water, orange flower water, kewda water etc. In India for example, kewda water (produced from male spadices of Pandanus odoratissmus flowers) is used for –

▪                Flavouring syrups

▪                Soft drinks

▪                Mughlai cuisine

Hydrosols are that other product of distillation when plants are steam-distilled to release their essential oil. Hydrosol simply means, hydro or water and sol or solution, that is, the water solution that contains some of the water-soluble micro-molecules of essential oil as well as water-soluble plant components.

These micro-molecules of essential oil give the hydrosol its scent and the plant components give the hydrosol its herbal or floral therapy. Remember that hydrosols are not just misters, water to which essential oils have been added. Hydrosols are a unique product, a true part of distillation and cannot be manufactured synthetically. The micro-drops of essential oil are left intact in the hydrosol. The hydrosol is the first 20% of the distilled non-alcoholic waters. They are used 100% pure as they come out of the still with a strong taste, strong scent and a perfect acid balance of 5.5 –to match human skin.

Floral waters, or hydrosols are great for the skin. Hydrosols help tone, rehydrate and rebalance the pH of skin. Fruit or floral waters can be used in a number of ways. The first way is as a face toner or refresher. Simply dab an organic cotton ball with some of the hydrosol and wipe your face. You can do this twice a day, every day. You can add hydrosols to your bath water for a fragrant bath and an all-over body refresher. You can also mist yourself with hydrosols. A gentle fragrance will be left behind. Be sure to keep floral waters out of your eyes.

Go through our reference links now –

  1. Floral Waters by Wise Geek
  2. Hydro-sols by Natural Home Spa
  3. Floral Flowers by Chemistry

Neroli Hydrosol

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Neroli hydrosol is a wonderful liquid when it comes to fighting certain diseases efficiently. The hydrosol is wonderfu in nature and is highly therapeutic. The ones who have used the hydrosol till date are absolutely gaga about it.

The health benefits of Neroli Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties like anti depressant, aphrodisiac, anti septic, bactericidal, cordial, carminative, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, disinfectant, anti spasmodic, deodorant, digestive, emollient, sedative and tonic.

Here is yet another essential oil from a citrus fruit. No wonder, most of its medicinal properties match those of other citrus essential oils. This oil is extracted by steam distillation of flowers of Neroli whose botanical name is Citrus Aurantium. There is another name Citrus Vulgaris assigned to it. The chief components of this essential oil are Alpha Pinene, Alpha Terpinene, Beta Pinene, Camphene, Farnesol, Geraniol, Indole Nerol, Linalool, Linalyl Acetate, Methyl Anthranilate, Nerolidol and Neryl Acetate.

Ever heard about Eau-de-Cologne? Do you know what it is traditionally made from? Yeah! You got me right! It is made from this Neroli Essential Oil. Even the name Neroli is related to its use as perfume. So, it is world famous as a perfume. What next? Next is a whole list containing some marvelous medicinal properties of this essential oil; just have a look.

  • Anti Depressant: If you cannot escape from depression even in parties and discotheques, you can try this essential oil. Neroli Essential Oil drives away depression, invokes a feeling of joy and happiness and uplifts mood. That is why this oil is extensively used in Aromatherapy.
  • Aphrodisiac: Those who want to relive those pink and blue moments of their youth even in their fifties, should give it a try. This does not only promote arousals and increase libido, but helps cure loss of interest in sex, frigidity, impotence and erectile dysfunctions. It has also been seen to gives rise to romantic and sexual feelings, which is very important for leading a successful sexual life, because as it is said, “Sex is in the brains!”
  • Anti Septic: When you got a cut or wound and the doctor is too far to reach for an anti-tetanus injection, you may apply this oil on your wounds. This will protect your wounds from infections and tetanus, and effectively. You can take your time to visit the doctor.
  • Bactericidal: Let’s put it simple! It kills bacteria and hence it is a bactericidal. In diseases like cholera, typhoid, food poisoning and certain skin conditions caused by bacteria, this oil may prove useful in giving a cure.

Have a look at our reference links now -

  1. Floral Waters by Wise Geek
  2. Hydro-sols by Natural Home Spa
  3. Floral Flowers by Chemistry