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.
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