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

Aromatic Hydrosols Reigning High

A quality that is quite inseparable from the name ‘hydrosols’ is the quality of smelling beautiful, fragrance. Hydrosols, alomost al of them are absolutely wonderful smelling liquid potions and do a lot of benefits to the skin.

Hydrosols are the aromatic waters that condense in the collecting vessel during steam distillation. They contain minute amounts of the essential oil, so hydrosols are very safe and gentle. Many hydrosols can be sprayed near the eyes, taken as drinks, sprayed on the skin, amongst other uses.

Benefits of hydrosols include the potential action of some of the water-soluble components found in the parent plant – and so are perfect for cleansing around ears and eyes and other delicate areas – but not strong enough for ticks, fleas, and strong coat and paw cleaning. A number of essential oils have been used in veterinary work for many, many years – way before other pharmaceuticals were available.

Be careful though with using concentrated preparations near eyes and noses – ocular and respiratory membranes may not react well to some essential oils. Use low dose first – then build up depending on the result you want. Less is still often more even with dogs – although cleaning a wound, deterring fleas and ticks, combatting fungal infections for example will likely require relatively high concentrations to be effective.

Less concentrated than pure essential oils, these fragrant waters are produced during the steam distillation process. Each hydrosol has specific therapeutic benefits depending on the plant it was derived from. Organic hydrosols are saturated with the scent and essence of these oils and can gently do a lot for the skin or hair -

  • Hydrate
  • Refresh
  • Nurture

Hydrosols contain a wide range of therapeutic compounds which makes them highly effective for treating various health concerns. In Ayurvedic medicine aromatic waters are called arkas; they are consumed as drinks for their therapeutic benefits, especially for digestive disorders.

Because hydrosols are water-based products, they have a shorter shelf life than essential oils. Please keep all hydrosols refrigerated to extend their shelf life.

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  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

Liquid-Vapour-Magic! Hydrosols

There are a certain number of things on this earth that people run after all their lives, and when they finally come to their access, they do not hold that same significance, so to deal with such a situation, one needs to dig their own access to get their sacred wants at the right time. This is exactly what happened with floral waters, right when they were on the verge of being ignored and forgotten, they came to fore, and humans grabbed the great-health-boosters.

A hydrosol is a product of the distillation process. While in the vapor state this distillate water is responsible for carrying the essential oil to the seperator. The water- soluble constituents of the plant are contained in it which give it its aroma and therapeutic properties.

A wonderful lemony and refreshing scent! Known for its calming effect on the body, Melissa hydrosol eases anxiety and stress. These same calming properties aid the digestive system, easing digestive upsets, bloating, and cramping. Immune-stimulating and infection-fighting properties make this hydrosol a must during allergy and flu season. In a skin care routine, Melissa hydrosol is mildly astringent and can be used as a toner for oily skin. Additionally, this hydrosol calms -

  • Skin irritation
  • Rash
  • Poison ivy/oak
  • Eczema

Its anti-inflammatory properties combat the signs of aging and are the perfect for after sun care.

An excellent daily skin care treatment for any skin type. Especially cooling for eczema and regenerative for fragile or damaged skin. Cleansing and refreshing, add it to masks, use before and after shaving to prevent inflammation and ingrown hairs, or use in the home, car or office to promote calmness. Excellent for use as a gentle and effective cleanser and healer for cuts and scrapes for adults and children this Organic distilled Lavender hydrosol can be used for infants as a room spray for calming sleep, in the bath or spritzed on a cloth for a healthy alternative to baby wipes. Young children can use it as their own personal and non-allergenic perfume mist. Also useful as an after sun spray or in a cold compress for headaches and migraines.

Hydrosols are moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, mildly antiseptic, and are a wonderfully fragrant addition to skin care. Due to their benevolent nature, hydrosols offer a myriad of treatment possibilities when essential oils might be too strong. They are a safe and gentle way for people with sensitive skin, children, elders, chronically ill, and highly allergic individuals to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy.

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

King Floral Water – Rosewater

As cliched as it might sound, simply like the king of flowers is rose, the king of natural oils or floral waters is none other than rosewater. Well, that’s actually pretty obvious, but then I dont leave any point unexplained.

Rosewater has been used through the millenniums for religious ceremonies, as a courtesy to guests, for physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. Today, the best rose hydrosol is distilled in Bulgaria, although France also has a thriving rosewater industry.

Rose hydrosol is wonderful in homemade skin care products. It can be used by itself as a toner, used to moisten a mask, or used in place of water in lotions or cosmetics recipes. Rosewater stimulates the skin, heightening the blood flow. Experts disagree about using it on extraordinarily sensitive skin. Rosewater controls and balances sebum production, making it useful for both dry and oily skin. It can balance and restore the skin’s Ph and helps tighten pores. Its antibacterial properties help fight acne giving troubled skin a gentle, rather than a harsh treatment. It is reputed to be useful in the treatment of all sorts of dermatitis. Suzanne Catty recommends blending Rose Hydrosol with Cistus Hydrosol as an anti-wrinkle treatment.

In Bulgaria, there is much scientific research being done about the therapeutic and medicinal benefits of Rosewater indicates that Rosewater, taken internally. is effective against strep and staph infections, among many others. Rosewater has been recommended as a gargle or throat spray for sore or inflamed throats.

Rose Hydrosol is a wonderful woman’s tool for healing. It may be used externally, as a facial or body spray, or in a compress. Some recommend taking a teaspoon of the hydrosol to calm stress and anxiety. Others recommend a rosewater douche as a treatment for low libido (low sex drive); it seems to act on both the body and the psyche to gently bring down barriers. Catty recommends taking Rose Hydrosol internally to help balance female hormones. She writes that by helping balance the endocrine system it can combat -

  • PMS
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Moodiness, even during menopause

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

Coriander Hydrosol

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Coriander is quite a popular herb that is used extensively, world-over for garnishing the best and most savoury od delicacies. Frankly, I was only aware of this use of this herb, but then one fine day I read about the uses of the hydrosol that is obtained from this herb.

The health benefits of Coriander Essential hydrosol can be attributed to its properties like analgesic, aphrodisiac, anti spasmodic, carminative, depurative, deodorant, digestive, fungicidal, lipolytic, stimulant and stomachic.

Coriander Essential hydrosol is extracted from the seeds of coriander with the help of steam distillation. The scientific name of Coriander is Coriandrum Sativum. The Coriander Essential hydrosol is constituted of compounds like Borneol, Cineole, Cymene, Dipentene, Linalool, Phellandrene, Pinene, Terpineol and Terpinolene, the causes behind its medicinal properties. Coriander is famous worldwide as a spice and we are aware of some its medicinal properties too, such as digestive, stomachic etc. But seldom do we care to know about its other health benefits.

Alright, now I’ll give you an account of the many medicinal uses of this amazingly fresh herb, have a look at these -

  • Analgesic: Components like Terpineol and Terpinolene makes Coriander oil and analgesic, i.e. an agent that reduces pain. This oil has been found to be effective for curing toothache, headache and other pains of joints, muscles and those resulting from injuries or collisions. It reduces pain by desensitizing the affected part.
  • Aphrodisiac: Coriander Oil can make your married life a heaven. It arouses and increases libido as well as cures temporary impotency, frigidity of both male and female, erectile dysfunctions and loss of interest in sex. It stimulates certain hormones that activate the sleeping Cupid in you and brings you to a mischievous mood.
  • Anti Spasmodic: Tired of endless coughs? Cannot put your best in sports due to frequent cramps? This is high time you should try Coriander Oil. It will relieve you of spasmodic cramps (both of limbs and intestines), coughs and will also prove beneficial in case of a spasmodic cholera. It also relieves nervous cramps and convulsions and relaxes you.
  • Depurative: Coriander Oil cleans blood of toxins and thus acts as a detoxifier or blood purifies. It helps remove the regular toxins like uric acid, heavy metals and certain compounds and hormones produced by the body itself, from blood, as well as other foreign toxins which get into blood accidentally.

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

Treasure Chest Of Nature – 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.

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