Ajowan Hydrosol

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Ajowan oil is wonderful natural oil. It is used extensively in the Indian states and is a part of almost every savoury Indian delicacy. It is a great spice and is even antiseptic in nature. The oils that are used aromatherapy are in some way less beneficial than this one.

Ajowan essential oil extracted from Ajowan Seed is much valued for its -

  • Stimulant
  • Tonic
  • Carminative properties

It is very good for anti microbial purposes also. 

Ajowan or Ajwain is from same family as caraway or cumin. Ajowan also known as carom / Ajave/ Ethiopian Cumin or Omam, is common spice in Indian cooking.

Ajowan seeds are often chewed on their own after a meal for medicinal value. Ajowan tastes hot and leave tongue numb for a while. Crushed or cooked ajowan leaves strong and distinctive thyme-like aroma. Oil of Ajwain seeds essential contains Thymol. Thymol constitutes more than 50% of Ajowan oil.

Health benefits of Ajowain seeds are known traditionally and it is only because of these health and medicinal benefits of ajowain seeds, it finds its place as home remedies for common ailments.

  • Indigestion and related disorders: Modern lifestyles and dietary practices tend to increase flatulence in our digestive tracts. Three commonly used spices effective over flatulence are: Ajwain, Fennel seeds and Cumin seeds. In India, Ajwain seeds are used as a home remedy for indigestion. Ajwain stimulates appetite and enhances digestion. It has anti acidic properties. Regular chewing of Ajwain seeds provides relief from stomach upset and gas. Many Ayurvedic medicines use Ajwain seeds for curing indigestion and flatulence.
  • Antiseptic: Ajwain is used as an antiseptic. It is used for cleaning wounds and treating skin infections. Thymol in Ajwain seeds, is known as a strong germicide, anti-spasmodic and fungicide. Oil of Ajwain is also used in toothpaste and perfumery. Ajwain leaves can be crushed and applied on infections.
  • Antibacterial: Ajwain seeds is also used in prevention of bad breath. Thymol from Ajwain seeds is also used in various mouth wash. Regularly chewing of Ajowan seeds along with fennel seeds prevents bad breath.
  • Body Aches: Aroma from crushed ajowan seeds provides relief in heavy colds and migraine headaches. The oil of Ajwain is used in eardrops for earaches. Some body massage oil also contains ajwain oil.

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Agarwood Hydrosol

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Agarwood is everything that you can think of, right from being an amazing therapeutic oils to an aphrodisiac, to a fragrant oil, everything! It has long been used in the past for various purposes which if I start to disclose to you now, you might get highly surprised.

Agarwood is now found very occasionally in the wilds of Vietnam, Laos, Burma and Cambodia (Kampuchea.) It is no longer found in -

  • India
  • Bangladesh
  • Thailand
  • China

There are rumors of farms (both successful and unsuccessful) in Vietnam and Indonesia. The only large trees left are in Western Kampuchea, because of the impossibility of collection for many years due to continual fighting and mine laying. There may also be a few large trees left in the very remote forests of Laos. The mere presence of the tree is not a guarantee of fragrant agarwood; there must also be a presence of a certain group of fungi imperfecti, and the synergy that takes place between these fungi and the tree will cause the fragrant compounds to blossom.

Agarwood is an aphrodisiac, both in oil form, and as incense. These are generally topical uses but the oil is also sold in Vietnamese pharmacies for internal use with the same goal. Chinese medicine uses powdered Aquilaria as a treatment for cirrhosis of the liver and as a director or focuser for other medicines. It has also been used as a treatment for lung and stomach tumors. Internal use of the powdered wood will also clean you out and give you lots of energy. Don’t go grinding up your incense however, unless you are 100% sure of the quality and purity of the wood you are using. There are rumors of Chinese factories churning out luscious smelling but ultimately fake wood chips, made of the lowest possible grade agarwood soaked for a month in synthetic (European manufactured) oud.

As a perfume ingredient, oud is sought and bought by certain Perfume houses as a tiny but essential component of some of their high-class perfumes; Zeenat and Amourage are two examples.

The oil of oud is a diaphoretic; it will make you sweat, and beyond that, will connect you with something of the spirit world. It is important to note that there is no research done on this oil. We have access only to our own experiences. Oud symbolizes and calls forth that which connects us to the ancient, to the roots and soul of the earth, to the Garden of Eden and the Hand of God, to the timelessness of the spirit and the vibration of the ethereal world, to the basis of our primal selves and the completeness of existence.

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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

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Hydrosols Placed High

These wonderful hydrosols are placed in a very high position, owing to the number of benefits it does to the skin and body. They’re are pretty good at being used against various kinds of infections and diseases.

Hydro-sols are highly versatile and can be used for personal care and around the house. In skincare, Rose, Orange Blossom (Neroli) and Lavender hydro-sols are great for hydrating dry skin and cooling hot and sensitized skin. If you have been out in the sun too long and got burned, Lavender hydro-sol is soothing and comforting as well as healing. Used in the final rinse after shampooing hydro-sols help to condition hair and add a shine.

There ain’t a single, more natural way out from puffiness under eyes and dark circles, than hydro-sols, precisely Chamomile. Just soak two cotton wool pads with the hydro-sol and cover each eye for around 10 minutes for an immediate and dramatic reduction in puffiness. Regular use can help diminish those dreaded dark circles too.

During the summer hydro-sols are perfect to use as a cooling body mist, and the most cooling of all is Peppermint. Make sure you take some with you to use on holidays, on the beach and even to cool those aching tootsies when you are out shopping! Hydro-sols help to revitalize you when your energies are beginning to flag, and a few sprays onto a tissue makes a handy wet-wipe for all sorts of applications including babies and grubby children.

To calm a restless baby try adding a few tablespoons of Lavender or Chamomile hydro-sol into their bathwater. This can be especially beneficial if your baby is suffering from nappy rash or eczema, because the soothing properties of these hydro-sols help -

  • Calm the irritation
  • Speed up the healing process

Hydro-sols are quite safe to use on young children, and since they only contain a small amount of essential oil they do not need diluting much further except as above when using with very young babies.

Hydro-sols such as Rose or Neroli can be added to the final rinse water in your washing cycle as well as used as a fragrant linen spray whilst ironing since they smell much nicer than their synthetic counterparts. Around the house, hydro-sols are great to freshen the air instead of using aerosols which of course are harmful to the environment.

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Floral Waters For The Good In Life

Floral waters are used for n number of purposes. They are mild and healing in nature. When applied on the skin with or without any combination, they can do wonders. Floral waters are right for almost all age groups.

Floral waters are obtained via plant distillation using a water steam process. Two complementary products are a result of this distillation: the essential oil and floral water. The latter is, in fact, the steam collected, charged with certain molecules from the original plant that was distilled. Finally, once cooled, there is water condensation.

The hydrolate (distilled aromatic water) is collected at the exit of the still, just like the essential oil, and it contains, in a naturally dissolved and less concentrated form, active components of the plant as its essential oil. In conclusion, after the distillation of an aromatic plant, two products can be obtained: the essential oil and the floral water which will float on top of the former.

The quality of distillation – at a low temperature, low pressure and for a long enough duration – is reflected in the quality of the floral water as is the case for essential oils. Floral water is also called Hydrolate. It is important to verify if it is a genuine floral water, not to be confused with certain products presenting themselves in the form of water to which a small amount of essential oil is added, or worse, containing artificial aromas, therefore producing a product of inferior quality, without the same beneficial properties.

Hydrosols water is the water that remains after production of an essential oil via steam or the process of water distillation. The water which is used for the oil distillation has a wonderful aroma and even has some medicinal properties in it. The hydrosol also offers some therapeutic benefits and is also widely used for aromatherapy purposes.

There are certain plants which are distilled for the hydrosol instead of the by-product that they produce. However, it is always useful to have a sound knowledge about the hydrosols. Keep in mind that sometimes water, blended with essential oils is sold by vendors as floral water or hydrosols waters. This is fake water; so always be sure to ask the specifics about the floral water that is on sale.

Hydrosols are essentially used to create facial toners and other skin products. They can also be used for bathing, or as a light cologne or body spray. Some of the most commonly used hydrosols include -

  • Rose
  • Roman chamomile
  • Neroli
  • Lavender

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Ethereal Floral Water

Hydrosols are wonderful solutions, and solutions in the true and literal sense of the word. They are used for a number of health related problems. They are best for the skin and skin infections. They are mild and can easily, without fear, can be applied on skin.

During a distillation, both the chemistry of the essential oil and the chemistry of the hydrosol are continually changing. Just as there are chemotypes of essential oils so there is parallel chemotypes of hydrosols. If bottled in sterile containers directly at the still, the hydrosol or aromatic distillate should have a shelf life of at least 1 year.

In my collection, however, I have healthy hydrosols that were distilled as early as 1995. Only the consumer should dilute the hydrosol with plain or distilled water and just before using. Any water added before this will dilute the hydrosol and enable contaminants such as mold and mildews to enter. All containers that will receive the hydrosol should be rinsed with a 10% Clorox solution. Peroxide or alcohol will not work as well.

After the rinsing with Clorox, then the containers should be carefully rinsed with boiling water to remove any Clorox odor. They should be filled and sealed immediately, and shipped directly to the marketer. At this point, the marketer should store the hydrosols in a cold room at about 55° F.

Remember that the hydrosol, the essential oil and the plant extract may all have different properties. An herbal extract may have certain therapeutic properties and uses, while the hydrosol of the same herb or the essential oil of the same herb may have entirely different properties. For instance, Oregano herb is delicious when added to spaghetti as an important ingredient, more on this -

  • It can also be used as a compress for aching muscles where it acts as a mild analgesic (pain-killer)
  • The herbal extract is used by capsules as an antiseptic for the digestive system
  • The essential oil with its phenols of carvacrol and thymol can be considered as an anti-infective by inhalation while the hydrosol is antiseptic by application

For cleaning the baby, you can make natural antiseptic wipes from diaper wipes or paper towels. Cut large paper towels in half, and put into a container. Add Camomile hydrosol. For teething, you can make a spray using a mister bottle and spritz into the mouth when the baby begins to feel pain from newly erupting teeth. For all ages and all skin care – Spray and wipe as a cleanser before or to remove makeup.

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Basil (Indian) Hydrosol

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The hydrosol is amazingly famous in India for its many qualities. It is a part of many odour-related products. The hydrosol is very strong and potent in nature. It has a rich and pungent taste. The ones who’ve you used it are its absolute crusaders.

Holy Basil Essential Oil is sometimes known as Tulsi Essential Oil. Used extensively in India and within Ayurvedic practices, Holy Basil is grown and distilled for many purposes, namely -

  • Aromatic
  • Medicinal
  • Spiritual

Aromatically, Holy Basil Essential Oil resembles a cross between traditional Basil Oil and Clove Oil. Holy Basil contains a large percentage (up to 85%) of Eugenole, a chemical constituent that gives Clove Oil its characteristic aroma.

The warm, sweet aroma of Holy Basil Oil lends well for creating energizing/stimulating diffuser and room mist blends. It is especially nice to work with when creating blends for men.

I see great potential for Holy Basil Oil’s use in blends intended to enhance focus while easing anxiety and stress.

Holy Basil Oil is an oil that I recommend avoiding for topical use as it could possibly cause dermal irritation or sensitivity.

Ocimum sanctum (ocimum gratissimum-Eugenol type)Organic, India, Flowers and leaves.

Totally unlike the herbal basil oils normally seen, India’s Holy Basil has a rich, spicy aroma because it is high in Eugenol, the phytochemical that gives cloves and our cinnamon leaf oil their distinctive notes.

Because of its chemical content, this Basil may be a strong irritant and should be used in very low dilutions.

Some sources indicate that it can be useful in relieving the pain of peripheral neuropathy and arthritis and other joint diseases (perhaps combined in a blend with an anti-inflammatory oil like Roman Chamomile or Helichrysum?). Jeanne Rose indicates that it may have hormonal like action on the prostate gland. (I am a bit skeptical about that, but then again, I don’t honestly know.). Diluted in a massage base or used in a warm compress it may help calm gastric discomfort.

The oil is reported to possess anti-bacterial and insecticidal properties. It inhibits the in vitro growth of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Micrococcus pyogenes var. aureus…It has marked insecticidal activity against mosquitos although it is not comparable to that of pyrethrum; the mosquito repellent activity lasts for c. 2 hrs.

Emotionally, Holy Basil, through inhalation may aid with anxiety, hysteria and nervous depression. It is a stress reducer without being a sedative. Some sources indicate that, like other basils, it will enhance clarity of thought and aid memory retention.

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Ylang Ylang Hydrosol

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Today, in the world, ther would hardly be anyone unaware of this amazing beauty potion. Besides being a blessing and an absolutely pure solution for skin problems, this hydrosol is antiseptic and very strong in nature.

The tree grows to a height of 60 feet, and there are three varieties with different coloured flowers – pink, mauve and yellow. The best essential oil comes from the yellow flowered tree. The finest of all comes from flowers picked early in the morning in early summer!

There are several grades of ylang ylang essential oil as it is produced by fractional distillation. The first distillation is called ylang-ylang extra, which is the purest and finest. Then comes ylang ylang 1, 2 and 3. The ‘extra’ is not used in aromatherapy, but used in the perfume industry.

This name was seldom known to common man even a few years back, but with the thousands of cosmetics products and their advertisements flooding the television, soon this became a well known name in households. The essential oil of ylang-ylang is extracted by steam distillation of fresh flowers of ylang-ylang tree, which bears a scientific name Cananga Odorata and is an inhabitant of the rain forests of certain Asia-Pacific Islands like Indonesia, Philippines, Java, Sumatra, Comoro and Polynesia etc.

  • Anti Depressant: This is one of the oldest known medicinal properties of Ylang-Ylang and it comes in its essential oil too. It fights depression and relaxes body and soul, thereby driving away anxiety, sadness etc. It also has an uplifting effect on mood and induces and feeling of joy and hope. It may be an effective treatment for those undergoing nervous breakdown and acute depression after a shock, accident etc.
  • Anti Seborrhoeic: Seborrhoea or Seborrhoeic Eczema is a dreaded disease which is caused due to malfunctioning of sebaceous glands resulting in irregular sebum production and consequent infection of the epidermal cells. It looks very ugly as the skin, colored white or pale yellow, dry or greasy, starts peeling off, particularly from the scalp, eyebrows and wherever there are hair follicles. Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil can be beneficial in curing this inflammatory situation and reduce peeling off of skin by regularizing sebum production and treating infection thereof.

The chief components of the essential oil of ylang-ylang are benzyl acetate, benzyl benzoate linalool, caryophyllene, geranyl acetate, methyl benzoate, p-cresyl methyl ether and certain other components called Sesquiterpenes, which attribute to its aroma and medicinal properties. Hence, apart from its widespread use in perfumes and aromatherapy, due to its very pleasing and delicate fragrance, it is used in medicines too.

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Yara Yara Hydrosol

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This wonderful liquid is quite amazing at dealing with a number of health related problems and not only that, it is quite famous for being an amazing anti-allergic potion. The ones who use it are in absolute awe of this hydrosol.

Yara Yara Oil is also known as the yarrow oil which is extracted by steam distillation of the flowers collected from a perennial herb. This herb can grow up to about 3 feet in height.

In aromatherapy Yara Yara Oil is used to treat gynaecological issues. It is the balancing and uplifting properties of the Yara Yara Oil that makes it an ultimate choice for aromatherapists across the globe. It can also used to treat open wounds and sores. Yara Yara hydrosol is used to prepare cosmetics for different skin types, especially for dry skin.

Yara Yara Oil blends properly with the cedarwood and pine oil. Yara Yara hydrosol manufacturers also blend it with myrrh and chamomile.

Yara Yara oil has long been used as a prime medicinal herb which links back to the Achilles age. It was used to heal wound that was caused due to sword during the wars with Troy.

Some of the prime properties of Yara Yara oil are -

  • Balancing
  • Uplifting
  • Antibiotic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-allergic
  • Analgesic pain reliever
  • Restorative

Yara Yara essential oil or Yarrow oil is highly effective essential oil that is taken out by steam distillation process from the flowers of a perennial herb that has simple stem. Interestingly the herb grows up to three feet in height and posses fern-like feathery leaves and bears numerous pink and white, dense flower heads. It is also known as mil foil due to its feathery appearance. It is used by females to help them with gynecological disorders.

Botanical name of the Yara Yara essential oil or Yarrow oil is Achillea millefolium. The natural essential oil is taken out through steam distillation process. It is insoluble in water; while soluble in alcohol and oils. Yarrow oil or Yara Yara oil blends well with different herbs and essential oils along with carrier oils.

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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.

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