Sneak Peek Into Primitive Significance – Hydrosols

Hydrosols today that we know, have a big and deep past to them. Hydrosols have always been known to humans to be of amazing benefits in terms of health and infections. Quite a number of them even are used for culinary purposes.

When aromatherapy was in its nascent stages (as a science of healing in ancient civilizations), floral waters were in vogue. The Egyptians, the Greeks and the Romans were known to have used hydrosols extensively for their healing and aesthetic properties.

Since essential oils were produced only by the methods of solvent extraction, the Middle Ages paid little attention to essential oils and revered the hydrosols more. With the advent of the science of essential oils and aromatherapy, the floral waters suffered a backlash again. Only in the early 20th century, the aromatic pendulum shifted and hydrosols came to be recognized for their therapeutic properties.

You can use hydrosols in the following situations -

  • Use hydrosols as a facial mist or toner to cleanse the dirt in your face.
  • Add hydrosols in your bathwater for a natural, aromatic and homeopathic bath experience.
  • Use hydrosols in hair care to treat damaged hair or as a wonderful conditioner that makes hair grow healthy and strong.
  • You can use hydrosols to treat wounds, open cuts, bruises and many types of injuries. They are harmless and do not cause any serious irritations or side effects.
  • Wound Care: Wash open wounds and tender, infected areas with hydrosols. Helichrysum hydrosol is my favorite for this application.
  • Skin Soothing: Because of their gentle, delicate nature, hydrosols offer a kind of soothing “water balm” for hot skin. Try Lavender, Frankincense or Yarrow Hydrosol on sunburn, rashes or poison ivy.
  • General Skin Care: If you’ve got skin and it’s has a condition, there will be a hydrosol to treat it! Hydrosol have a wonderful affinity with just about every skin condition from acne to diaper rash to dry, mature skin. Rose makes a fabulous skin toner and, according to Karen Williams of Aromatics International, Helichrysum hydrosol is helpful for fading “liver spots” that appear with age.

Go through our reference links now -

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

Tha Calming Magic – Floral Waters

More than anything else, most people are unaware that floral waters can make amazing mood-boosters. The oils are quite soothing and calming in nature. That is the major reason that they’re a part of almost all aroma-therapies.

During the summer hydrosols 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! Hydrosols help to revitalise 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 hydrosol into their bathwater. This can be especially beneficial if your baby is suffering from nappy rash or eczema, because the soothing properties of these hydrosols help calm the irritation and speed up the healing process.

Talking about the many uses of hydrosols -

Hydrosols 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.

Hydrosols 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, hydrosols are great to freshen the air instead of using aerosols which of course are harmful to the environment.

Go through our reference links now -

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

Hydrosols – Offering Heath

There is no doubt about the fact that hydrosols, or call them floral waters, do a great deal of benefits to the skin. They are nourishing and hydrating and at the same time they even tackle a number of other infectious problems.

Hydrosols are excellent for using within a skin care regime. In addition to being completely natural, they are gentler than many commercial skin toners. They can also be combined with sun-dried clays to -

  • Make natural face masks
  • Enhance the properties of the clay

During the long, hot summer days or when traveling, they can be used as a facial spray to revitalize and hydrate the skin, or to set makeup.

But to limit their use simply to skin care is doing an injustice to these often overlooked healing tools.

Much like the essential oils themselves, hydrosols can be used in the bath, in compresses, for facial steaming and as room sprays. And like essential oils, that can be blended together to create synergies.

Hydrosols can also be added to carrier oils, along with essential oils, to heighten the essential oils’ therapeutic value. For instance, adding a little lavender hydrosol to a massage blend containing lavender essential oil will enhance the lavender, and essentially make the blend complete by utilizing both the water-soluble and oil-soluble components of the lavender.

The internal use of hydrosols is still being explored, and should be considered cautiously. But studies do show that, for example, taking controlled doses of chamomile hydrosol orally can ease intestinal spasms.

Great to use with animals for any skin condition. Can be combined with Calendula and Helichrysum hydrosols. Some have successfully used this combination for facilitating slow, effective healing of wounds.

True hydrosols should be colourless, or at most contain only a light sheen. If you pick up a bottle of neroli water and it is decidedly orange, put it back down.Also, remember that not all hydrosols have a pleasant aroma, particularly those obtained from herbs.Because hydrosols are all natural, they contain no preservatives and therefore deteriorate over time. The usual lifespan of a hydrosol is a year, and they are best stored in the refrigerator.

Go through 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

Floral Waters – Sacred Solutions

The oils or call them floral waters or hydrosols are wonderful solutions to a number of health-related problems. They are highly antiseptic and amazingly mild in nature. The floral waters are used for a number of purposes.

The term hydrosol is derived from the Latin words hydro and sol, meaning “water solution.” When plant material, such as the -

  • Roots
  • Barks
  • Flowers
  • Leaves
  • Stems
  • Seeds

All of these are steam distilled to obtain an essential oil, certain chemical constituents of the plant first build up in the water. Only after they reach their maximum solubility in water, do they start to collect in a separate layer on the surface of the water (the essential oil). Many of the water-soluble plant compounds and some of the oil-soluble compounds wind up in the distillation water.

A hydrosol is the pure, distillate water that remains after essential oils are steam distilled from the original plant material. Hydrosols are usually clear and have the appearance and consistency of water. Their aroma is generally, but not always, similar to that of the essential oil, but the aroma is usually much more subtle. Hydrosols contain small amounts of essential oil. They also contain water-soluble components of the plant material that may not be present in the essential oil. The aroma, therefore, may differ somewhat from the plant’s essential oil. Some hydrosols do smell surprisingly different from the essential oil.

Hydrosols are also known as hydrolates. Hydrosols are also sometimes incorrectly referred to as floral waters. Floral waters are typically aromatic waters made with the use of fragrance oils (see our Floral Water category, but do not contain the natural therapeutic properties that hydrosols contain. Hydrosols cannot be made by solubilizing essential oils in water.

Hydrosols are gaining importance in aromatherapy because they naturally contain low dilutions of essential oils combined with the botanical’s water-soluble compounds not present within the essential oil itself. Hydrosols are generally safer for use in babies and individuals with depressed immune systems.

Use hydrosols in toners, creams, lotions, body sprays, room sprays and in place of water in most formulations. They will impart both fragrance and therapeutic benefits to your products. Hydrosols are also wonderful when used as wetting agents in clay facials. An anti-bacterial preservative should be considered for preserving products that contain hydrosols.

Pure hydrosols are more gentle and thus even more fragile than their essential oil counterparts. They do not have the same concentrated anti-bacterial properties that essential oils possess and are subject to much more rapid degradation. Even when stored in an ideal, sterile environment, the shelf life of hydrosols is limited to 6-24 months, depending on the specific hydrosol.

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 – A Medicinal Respite

A lot of people write to me asking “Tell us a refuge from the over-dose of harming medicines”. All I could do was smile, and wondered, are they really that much in darkness. The best of nature is sealed in floral waters, an answer to any and every question.

Hydrosol is the same as floral water or distillate. It is collected after a plant has been distilled to manufacture essential oils. Sometimes the amount of oil that is produced is so small that the entire process is conducted with only the purpose of extracting hydrosol, and any essential oil will be considered as a secondary product.

Hydrosol provides wonderful therapeutic and skin care benefits, and it is much gentler than essential oils so that it can be used on children, the elderly, or those with illnesses. Hydrosols can be used with essential oils or as a substitute by applying directly to the surface of the skin.

Hydrosols are often beneficial to be used to treat eczema in an oily cream to alleviate pain and irritation. In this case, hydrosols like chamomile or melissa would be used. These ingredients are often added to aerosol sprays or a bath for the purpose of inhalation. The most popular types of hydrosols, or flower waters, are rose water and lavender, and there are many more suitable hydrosols for everyday use, like -

  • Eucalyptus
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Chamomile

Last of all, gidrosols normally contains a small amount of essential oils and water soluble plant extracts, which an essential oil does not contain. For this reason, hydrosol properties are not the same as essential oil properties, but they are quite similar. It is best to choose a hydrosol that follows what you know about an appropriate essential oil as a topical and therapeutic skin care ingredient for a number of treatment purposes.

Pure hydrosols are more gentle and thus even more fragile than their essential oil counterparts. They do not have the same concentrated anti-bacterial properties that essential oils possess and are subject to much more rapid degradation. Even when stored in an ideal, sterile environment, the shelf life of hydrosols is limited to 6-24 months, depending on the specific hydrosol.

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

Healing Touch Of Floral Waters

Floral waters are known to be God’s natural medicine of healing and curing just about any disease, ranging right from bodily functions to the outer appearance of the magnificent human body. Amazingly natural in nature, and surprisingly medicinal in touch.

Today, most common essential oils, such as lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus, are distilled. Raw plant material, consisting of the -

  • Flowers
  • Leaves
  • Wood
  • Bark
  • Roots
  • Seeds
  • Peel

All of the above are put into an alembic (distillation apparatus) over water. As the water is heated the steam passes through the plant material, vaporizing the volatile compounds. The vapors flow through a coil where they condense back to liquid, which is then collected in the receiving vessel.

Most oils are distilled in a single process. One exception is Ylang-ylang (Cananga odorata), which takes 22 hours to complete through a fractional distillation.

Hydrosols are valuable therapeutic materials in their own right and can be used alongside essential oils or in place of them especially in cosmetic applications and for treating skin disorders. They can be applied to the skin direct, without further dilution and are particularly useful where a non-oily or water-soluble treatment medium is needed, for example in some forms of eczema where oils or oily creams seen to make the condition worse. Chamomile hydrosol would be particulary appropriate here. because of there gentleness, in comparison with the equivalent essential oil, hydrosols are particulary well suited to use for children, the elderly and people who are debilitated by illness. It is not an exhaustive list and you may well know, or you may discover, other methods.

The method is the same whether hot or cold. Add up to three to five tablespoons of hydrosol in one liter of water.For children dilute two to three teaspoons of hydrosol per liter of water to a basin or bowl of hot or icy cold water. Use a face-cloth, lined pad, cotton wool or other absorbent fabric and dip this into water. Wring out the excess and place the pad on the affected area. Once the compress has achieved body temperature, renew it and continue as required. A hot compress can be held in place with crepe bandage on joints or with cling-film on larger areas, for example the lower back.

Most conditions characterized by ‘aches’, for example earache, backache, etc, should be treated with hot compresses, while sprains, fevers, inflammations and headaches should be treated with cold compresses. Sprains and varicose veins respond very well to the ‘hot/cold’ treatment, ie start with a cold compress then alternate between hot and cold compresses over the next few days, finishing with a cold one.

Go through our reference links now -

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

Floral Wonders..Floral Waters

Floral waters, are one of those gifts to mankind that in their best pure state do wonders for the human existence. If one looks forward to keeping in touch with the most natural of medicines, yet going ahead with medicine, floral waters can be the best respite.

Floral waters can be added to fragrance-free lotions or creams, but make sure that you use a very good quality product that if preferably lanolin free (some people are sensitive to lanolin).

This is a particularly good way of treating most skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, which will benefit greatly. A lotion is an excellent way to get essential oils rapidly into the bloodstream and is therefore useful for treating conditions such as circulation problems. Lotions and creams can be effectively used for headaches, while creams are a good way of treating respiratory conditions. Both are an essential medium for general body and skin care.

If we simply categorize some of the uses of hydrosols or floral waters, tmajor ones can be -

  • Bath

    For babies up to six months old add one teaspoon of hydrosol to an infant-size bath of water or two teaspoons to an adult bath filled to baby depth. For children up to twelve years, add to the bath one teaspoon of hydrosol per year of age, up to a maximum of eight teaspoons. Adults can use frm 30ml to 250ml per bath; the amount is dependent on personal taste, whether the bath is therapeutic of for pleasure, and the size of the bath.

Go through our reference links now -

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

Creating Wonder..Creating Floral Waters

Natural essential oils or call them floral waters, they’re an absolute boon for any ailing human skin. The oils are natural and pure and that is the reason they’re held so high by their users or even call them crusaders.

Floral Waters are also known as Hydrosols. The aromatic water is produced from the condensed water vapour during the steam distillation of the whole plant. Rose is the most common, it has been used in cooking and in skincare in the Middle East for many years. For use in Aromatherapy, Floral Waters are best suited to spritzers for the face and body – too cool the senses. They can also be used as facial toners. Alternatively, they can be added to a diffuser instead of plain water, along with essential oils, for added therapeutic benefit.

We have introduced four beautiful Organic Floral Waters to our range. Why not try using one as an addition to your skincare routine, or for use in your therapy room to spritz clients after an Aromatherapy treatment. Alternatively they can be carried with you whilst on the go to refresh throughout the day.

Floral Waters are created during the steam distillation extraction process of Essential Oils. Ki Aromas Floral Waters are alcohol free. Products: Floral Water is mild enough to apply directly to your skin, bath or sauna. In addition Floral Water has endless uses as a base to create your own products such as – after shave, bath raves, body spritzers, deodorants, facial toners/cleansers, hair care products, linen sprays, moisturizers, room/car fresheners, soaps and insect repellents. Refrigerate toners and spritzers before use, for a refreshing, cooling skin treatment. Storage: To prolong the shelf life of Floral Water, keep away from heat and light in a tightly sealed container. Refrigerate when possible. Cautions: For external use only.

Lemongrass Floral Water when used on its own, or in Aromatherapy products is said to be helpful with the following conditions -

  • Infections
  • Fever
  • Edema
  • Poor circulation
  • Indigestion
  • Gas
  • Jet lag
  • Depression

Lemongrass is commonly used as an insect repellent and can be used as a substitute for the more expensive Melissa Leaf.

Also known as a hydrolate; a floral water is the water obtained from the distillation process of the plant material. The essential oil floats to the top of the water and separates. The remaining floral water contains the natural essence of the plant.

Go through our reference links now -

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

Floral Waters – Substantial Boon

The oils or call them floral waters are an absolute boon for the skin and health added. It has long been known that natural oils provide the skin with essential nutrients that the skin usually is deficit of, owing to today’s lifestyle.

Floral Waters are gentle, water-based plant extracts that expand the healing, cosmetic, and culinary applications of aromatherapy.

Hydrolates are considered to be the homeopathic (diluted) form of Aromatherapy.They are pure water-based solutions which we create by steam distillation of plants from our own organic garden.Hydrolates can be applied directly on the skin or taken internally to treat a variety of medical conditions.

Hydrolates are the wonderful by-products of the process of making essential oils.During this process, the herbs and flowers are distilled with water.The water is heated and presses itself slowly through the plants as vapour, which collects the essential oils and other ingredients.

The essential oils – which float on the surface of the water – are removed, leaving the hydrolate, which still contains a small quantity of essential oil and other water-soluble agents from the plant.The distillation is usually slow and under low pressure over a sustained period with pure water to preserve all the therapeutic components of the plant material.This will result in therapeutic products ready for use, without further processing.

If we talk about chamomile, take chamomile for example, not only do the flowers taste nourishing and cleansing in a tea, you can also use the tea infusions and the essential oil in a variety of beauty products namely -

  • Lotions
  • Shampoos
  • Soaps
  • Spritzers
  • Massage oils

Chamomile is a strong anti-inflammatory and useful to calm sensitive skin. Great for adults, children and babies alike. It has been used for centuries as an anti-microbial to kill germs and has the added benefit of soothing the nervous system.

Herbalists use the liquid tincture for many nervous conditions including insomnia and anxiety.

Essential oils, floral waters as well as herbal extracts can be used to make natural beauty products.Beauty products which are geared toward the ‘natural’ market are less likely to contain additives and harmful chemicals which may including dehydrating and allergy inducing ingredients and fragrances.

Go through our reference links now -

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