Whenever the talk is about hydrosols, one does not know from where to start and where to make a stop, same is my dilemma. Hydrosols are the purest of liquid potions knwon to mankind. Some are highly antiseptic in nature.
Hydrosols are a by-product of the steam distillation process that produces the essential oils we use, and a safe, gentle, and less expensive alternative to the oils as well. During the distillation process that yields the Essential Oils (EOs), the steam containing the oils is chilled, thus turning into water, with a layer of EO floating on top.
The EO’s are skimmed off and bottled for our use. In some cases the remaining water is just discarded. However, this water contains both minute molecules of the Essential Oil, as well as all the water soluble elements of the plant that are not present in the Oil.
Hydrosols have many uses. They can compliment the EO’s, as well as extend the scope of the oils themselves. They also allow us to experience some of the benefits of, for example, true Bulgarian Rose oil at a much more affordable price. Hydrosols are a less expensive way to ‘back up’ the EO’s that you use.
True, natural hydrosols contain no preservatives, should be treated as perishable, and constantly stored under refrigeration to maintain -
Shelf life varies based on a number of unpredictable factors including storage, age, and sometimes even the particular crop in a particular year. For safety, keep hydrosols refrigerated, and watch for any changes that might indicate the product has gone bad. Remember, true hydrosols are natural, preservative free products.
Like for example, Rose Hydrosol is both a facial toner and a wonderful linen spray. Lavender or Chamomile Hydrosols can soothe a sunburn or also function as a relaxing ‘monster spray’ to banish night-time monsters or bad dreams for children. Chilled Peppermint Hydrosol is the ultimate summer cooler, either spritzed on, or a bit added to a bottle of spring water.
Rose Geranium hydrosol is said to calm “power surges” of energy. Melissa Hydrosol is a wonderful ‘blotter’ for oily skin and contains antiviral properties. Witch Hazel or Tea Tree hydrosols both make gentle antibacterial toners for skin with acne.
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