Sandalwood As A Hydrosol

You know, its is considered a fortunate in India to apply the paste of sandalwood on the entire body one night before a girl’s wedding. Lots of reasons behind the ritual, one that it revitalises the skin and second that it is a ‘lucky’ hydrosol.

The health benefits of Sandal Wood Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties like anti septic, anti inflammatory, anti phlogistic, anti spasmodic, astringent, cicatrisant, carminative, diuretic, disinfectant, emollient, expectorant, hypotensive, memory booster, sedative and tonic.

The Essential Oil of Sandal Wood is extracted through steam distillation of pieces of wood from matured Sandal trees which are 40-80 years old (ideally it should be 80 years). The older the tree, the more is the oil content and richer it is in aroma. As far as the quality is concerned, the Indian Sandal (botanical name Santalum Album) is considered the best. There are two more varieties, namely the Hawaiian Sandal (Santalum Ellipticum), which is also priced as that of high quality, and the Australian Sandal (Santalum Spicatum) which is not that good, but is commercially more in use, since the first two varieties are not much available and hence very costly (the Indian variety is on the verge of extinction and is exorbitantly costly. The main constituents of Essential Oil of Sandal are -

  • Beta Santalol
  • Santyl Acetate
  • Santalenes

For ages, Sandal has reserved as place of dignity and priority in many civilizations and religions of the world, especially in Hindu Religion, where it is considered holy and indispensable in all the social and religious rituals and ceremonies, right from the birth of an individual till his death. In every step, sandal is required. It is offered to the Gods and Goddesses, used in decorating babies in their anniversaries, used in marriages to decorate brides and bridegrooms, mixed with the flowers and other offerings, used to embalm bodies and foreheads which is a common practice among people of many communities in India and also burnt with the pyre while cremating dead-bodies.

Sandal Oil and paste of Sandal is used in medicines, skin and beauty treatments and numerous industrial products including mouth fresheners, edibles, incense sticks, room fresheners, deodorants, perfumes, soaps, lotions, creams and others. It has some really remarkable medicinal properties.

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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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Aromatic Hydrosols

The best quality of a hydrosol is none other than the fact that tehy have an amazing fragrance. The floral waters and hydrosols are great picks for perfume makers. They are absolutely pure and natural and in certain cases, mild.

A hydrosol is the aromatic water that remains after producing an essential oil via steam or water distillation. Some plants are specifically distilled for the resulting hydrosol instead of the hydrosol being simply a byproduct of a distillation.

Hydrosols are sometimes referred to as hydrolats, distillate waters or floral waters.The plant matter used in essential oil distillation imparts the hydrosol with the water-soluble aromatic and therapeutic properties of the plant.Unlike essential oils that should be diluted prior to application to the skin, hydrosols are much gentler than their essential oil counterparts and can generally be used directly on the skin without further dilution.

Hydrosols can be used in place of water in creating natural fragrances, lotions, creams, facial toners and other skin care products. They can also be added to the bath, and used on their own as a light cologne or body spray. Hydrosol can be added to finger bowls for elegant, romantic dinners. Examples of hydrosols are Rose, Roman Chamomile, Neroli and Lavender.

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Hydrosols – Fighting Extraneous Variables

There are times when the medicine fails, and that is exactly the time science resorts to nature. The best of natural products that are ruling the world market and gaining an edge over anything and everything are hydrosols.

Hydrosols, also known as floral waters, hydroflorates, flower waters or distillates are produced from steam-distilling plant materials.Their advantage of the hydrosols is the fact that they do not contain the tannic acids and bitter substances contained in the essential oils which can lead to irritations in phyto-aromatic therapy.

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.

Hydrosols therefore are an ideal complement in phyto-aromatic therapy. They complement the oil soluble component of plant life, represented by the essential oils with a water soluble aromatic component. They are extremely welcome wherever a subtle effect is wanted without the risk of irritation.

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.

In the following areas hydrosols have been extremely useful -

  • Treatment of mucous skin, like eye inflammations, etc.
  • Internal use.
  • Skin Care complementing phyto-aromatic oils, creams and masks.

In this respect, basic research and developing work has been done by Jacques G. Paltz, Paris. He is using in his phyto-aromatic skin care line five different hydrosol blends for specific purposes – for sensitive, wrinkled or dry skin, for impurities and for rejuvenation. For example he is using rosemary verbenon and thyme linalol hydrosols for dry skin, chamomile and artemisa arb. for sensitive skin etc.

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Using Hydrosols – There, There, Everywhere!

Hydrosols, or call them natural waters, the purest of nature’s secret potions to beauty and health and well being. The hydrosols are very great at handling a number of health related issues that can vary in form.

Hydrosols can be used in place of water in creating natural fragrances, lotions, creams, facial toners and other skin care products. They can also be added to the bath, and used on their own as a light cologne or body spray. Hydrosol can be added to finger bowls for elegant, romantic dinners. Examples of hydrosols are Rose, Roman Chamomile, Neroli and Lavender.

  • Use hydrosols instead of water in your favorite lotion or soap recipe
  • Use as a facial mist or toner, after cleansing.
  • Use soothing hydrosols (comfrey, lemon balm, yarrow) on sunburn, rashes, or to cleanse wounds.
  • Add to your bathwater for a homeopathic bath treatment.
  • Use as a room spray, linen spray, or body spray
  • Use as a hair rinse or scalp treatment – makes a wonderful “leave-in” conditioner
  • Use as a mist for tired, sweaty, feet
  • Add to your humidifier for a pleasant scent
  • Use as a compress for wounds, bruises, or injuries
  • Diluted, soothing hydrosols can be used as a canine or feline ear cleanser. (we love Comfrey for this)
  • Use as a coat spray for dogs
  • Use hydrosols (especially yarrow or comfrey) to soothe itchy canine “hot spots”
  • Essential oils are a “no-no” for cats, but hydrosols are gentle enough to be used on and near your felines. Use it as a ear cleanser, wound wash, gentle coat mist, or to freshen up the litterbox area.
  • Use in your iron instead of water, or as a spray when ironing clothes.
  • Use hydrosols to wash yoga mats, or to deodorize tennis shoes (Mints are great for this!)
  • Hydrosols are a natural compliment to energy work (Reiki, Healing Touch, etc)
  • Cook, bake with, or drink your hydrosols! (Dilute them if you’re going to drink them – 1 tbsp. to a cup of water is a good start, then adjust to taste)

The plant matter used in essential oil distillation imparts the hydrosol with the water-soluble aromatic and therapeutic properties of the plant.

Unlike essential oils that should be diluted prior to application to the skin, hydrosols are much gentler than their essential oil counterparts and can generally be used directly on the skin without further dilution.

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The Wonders Of Hydrosols

Hydrosols are no less than magic potions for the human skin. When used in the right manner, hydrosols can be very effective at fighting various skin infections. They are highly antiseptic and therapeutic in nature.

When plant material is steam distilled to produce an essential oil, the water that comes off of that process has a considerable amount of essential oil in it…that water is known as a hydrosol. Some farmers release the water from the distillation back on to the land; for years, it was considered “waste”. But in recent years, the value of this precious liquid has been recognized, so increasingly, more and more farmers are capturing this water and offering it to people like Wisdom of the Earth for medicinal hydrosols. They are very subtle, yet, in aromatherapy, subtle means powerful…so they are a perfect example of this principle.

The spray hydrosols can be used as room fresheners (great between facial or massage clients, in a work space, or in a sick room). Many are excellent skin toners (especially Neroli, Geranium, Helichrysum or Rose) and are wonderful as a finishing touch to facials, or at-home facial treatments.

Essential oils, when kept tightly closed in dark colored bottles and stored away from extreme temperatures, will literally maintain their quality for hundreds, if not thousands of years, with some very few exceptions. In fact, most just get better and better (deeper, more complex aroma). However, hydrosols are considerably more perishable, and need to be stored accordingly.

Some are hardier than others, but it is good to be on the safe side and keep hydrosols from extreme heat and cold, and use them within a one to two year period. While I have had some that retained their quality for several years, it is not something you can count on. In the summer, I store my hydrosols in the refrigerator…this is not only good for them, but makes them wonderfully refreshing if you are spraying them on your face or body.

Medicinally, they are excellent for very small pets such as birds, which have very little body mass. For humans, they are powerful moisturizers and antibacterial sprays for -

  • Burns
  • Cuts
  • Scrapes

Finally, Helichrysum hydrosol is incredible as an eye spray…for eye irritation (from pollen, smoke), eye health problems such as “pink eye” (conjunctivitis), and as a general eye wash.

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Clove Hydrosol

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The many properties of this hydrosol cannot be counted on fingers. The hydrosol is very strong in nature and its innumberable uses differentiate this hydrosol from the rest. It is used for oral health problems too. It is a warm hydrosol.

Clove Essential Oil has been in medicinal use for thousands of years, with new uses being added up regularly. Read these -

  • Anti Viral & Anti Microbial: This property helps a lot when dealing with toothache and other tooth & gum problems. It helps cure tooth decay and infections in gums. This also prevents bad breathe. Further, using decoction of clove with basil leaves, ginger and cinnamon in treatment of cough, cold & sore throat is a very common practice.
  • Anti Oxidant: Mainly due to presence of flavonoids discussed above.
  • Analgesic & Pain Killer: This is mainly due to the presence of Methyl Salicylate in Clove Essential Oil. It is used to give relief in various types of muscular pain & sprains. Mixed with common salt, when it rubbed on forehead, gives relief from headache too.
  • Anti Septic: Eugenol, present in Clove Essential Oil, makes it an anti septic, chiefly due to its anti microbial properties.
  • Anaesthetic: Eugenol also causes numbness and gives relief in certain types of pain. Due to this, it is used to reduce pain in case of severe burns, inflammations, skin sensitivity etc.
  • Anodyne: Once again, Eugenol makes it an anodyne due to its anaesthetic effects and thus it gives immediate relief in symptoms like toothache etc.
  • Anti Helmintic: This means it kills or inhibits growth of worms, particular intestinal worm.
  • Aphrodisiac: Clove oil also behaves as an aphrodisiac, i.e. it increases libido. Some old citations show that it was used in treatment of impotency, erectile dysfunctions & premature ejaculation in China. However, it is not yet medically proven. This is another effect of its stimulating properties. Alternatively, this property serves as an anti depressant and mood up-lifter.
  • Carminative: It facilitates digestion by stimulating secretion of Hydrochloric Acid in the stomach and by improving peristaltic motion. It also expels gas and gives relief in flatulence.
  • Cordial & Stimulant: The Clove Essential Oil has remarkable warming effects on body due to stimulation of circulation & nervous system.
  • Disinfectant: Due to this property, it is widely used in treatment of skin infections and acne. It is also useful on cuts, bruises, wounds, insect bites etc.
  • Depurative: The flavonoids present in Clove Essential Oil make it a depurative; an agent that purifies blood. It actually purifies blood by neutralizing free radicals in it.

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Clary Sage Hydrosol

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Clary sage hydrosol is one amazing hydrosol that is used all over the world by a lot of people. The hydrosol is quite a favourite among its users, the main reason being that it is used for quite a lot many purposes.

The health benefits of Clary Sage Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties like anti depressant, anti convulsive, anti spasmodic, anti septic, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, deodorant, digestive, emenagogue, euphoric, hypotensive, nervine, sedative, stomachic and uterine.

Clary Sage Essential Oil is extracted by steam distillation of the buds and leaves of Clary Sage plant whose scientific name is Salivia Sclarea. It is an herb, believed to be native of Europe, which won very high appreciations as a medicinal plant in old days, particularly owing to its benefits for the eyes.

The chief components of Clary Sage Essential Oil are Sclareol, Alpha Terpineol, Geraniol, Linalyl Acetate, Linalool, Caryophyllene, Neryl Acetate and Germacrene-D. As the name suggests, Clary Sage oil was and still is, basically used as a cleanser for eyes. It is supposed to brighten eyes, improve vision and protect loss in vision due to aging etc. But that is not all. It has scores of other medicinal properties too.

Let us get ourselves acquainted with the beneficial properties enlisted below.

  • Anti Depressant: Clary Sage Oil boosts self esteem, confidence, hope and mental strength and efficiently fights depression. This can be very helpful to drive away depression for those who are suffering from depression due to failure in career or love, insecurity, loneliness, stagnation, someone’s death or any other reason. This also relieves anxiety. Being an anti depressant, it can be systematically administered to patients of acute depression who are undergoing rehabilitation.
  • Anti Convulsive: It calms down and reduces convulsions, be it epileptic or be it due to any nervous disorder or otherwise. It brings about peace of mind and acts as a sedative for tense nerves.
  • Anti Spasmodic: Clary Sage oil is found to be useful in treatment of spasm and related ailments, such as cramps in muscles and respiratory system, spasmodic cough, stomachache, headaches and spasmodic cholera.
  • Anti Bacterial: This oil kills bacteria, checks growth and spread of bacterial infections and also protects against new infections. Studies show that Clary Sage essential oil is particularly beneficial in curing bacterial infections of colon, intestines, urinary tract and the excretory system. It is equally effective in eliminating action of bacteria entering our body through water or food stuffs.
  • Anti Septic: Wounds will not get septic neither will they be infected with tetanus germs, if Clary Sage oil is applied on them.
  • Aphrodisiac: This is one of the well known properties of Clary Sage oil. It is an aphrodisiac, which means an agent that boosts up libido and sexual desires. It is very effective in treating frigidity, psychological problems resulting in loss of libido or even impotency. This is equally effective in males and females.

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Hydrosols For All Skins

Whenever the discussion is about skin, the best that can be offered to the skin is nothing but hydrosols. But hydrosols too should be used in certain manner so that give you the best of benefits. They’re wonderful at dealing with skin problems.

Hydrosols are produced during the stream distillation of essential oils. The water-soluble compounds of the plant remain in the distillation water. These gentle waters have many therapeutic properties; they balance the skin’s pH, soothe irritated skin, promote an even skin tone, and hydrate the skin. They are particularly recommended for sensitive skin.

Hydrosols or Distillates as they are often called are the natural “plant waters” or “floral waters” that are produced during steam distillation or hydro-distillation. Hydrosols are wonderful in natural skin care products and can also be used in aromatherapy. To be classified as a distillate or as a hydrosol, these “plant waters” MUST be distilled from botanical material.

In the recent past, distillate water was considered the by-product of essential oil production and was discarded. More recently, these pure distillate waters – also called hydrosols – have been recognized for their own inherent characteristics and qualities. Hydrosols typically represent the water-soluble constituents of the botanical with some volatile components such as the essential oils. Depending on the botanical and the season harvested, our hydrosols contain varying amounts of essential oil.

Aromatherapy is a tree with many branches hydrosols being one of them. The term hydrosol is a combination of -

  • Hydro (water)
  • Sol (solution) — a natural water solution

When essential oils are distilled from plants, hydrosols are the byproduct of the process. Hydrosols cannot be manufactured synthetically.

When plants or flowers are put into the still or distillation tank, they are subjected to boiling water, steam, or both. When the steam hits the plant, the essential oil is released in vapor.The vapor mixes with the steam and is only separated again as the steam cools in the condensing tank. As the steam cools, the essential oil molecules separate from the steam (now as cooled water) and floats to the surface.

The upper layer is the essential oil which floats on the water, except for a few drops which sink—this is the hydrosol. Many people who are chemically sensitive have no problem with hydrosols because it is not a synthetic scent.

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Citronella Hydrosol

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Citronella hydrosol is q quite sought-after hydrosol in the world market. It is used for quite a lot many purposes and it deals effectively with quite a large number of problems. The hydrosol is highly antiseptic in nature.

Citronella has long been considered the natural and safe alternative to DEET (N-diethyl-meta-toluamide), a controversial ingredient in most insect repellents. Citronella can be used alone or with other essential oils, such as Beeyoutiful’s Eucalyptus Oil, to form a wonderful combination insect repellent. The plant itself does not produce enough pungency to repel bugs from your yard, but the oil can be diffused in small patio areas or used mixed with a carrier oil or water and lightly wiped on -

  • Furniture
  • Doorways

Or other items to help repel the pests.

What you may not know is that Citronella also has several other very good uses from antiseptic to fever-reducer to deodorant to skin-balancing! Citronella can be an irritant to the skin and therefore should be used with caution, always diluted with a carrier oil. Test on skin with a small amount of oil and on a small area before using liberally. Never use straight on the skin or ingest without diluting.

You can simply rub the oil, diluted with a carrier oil, on your skin with a paper towel or cotton-ball. For easy-to-use convenience, you may want to make up a larger recipe. You will need a fine mist spray bottle and either distilled water or a high proof alcohol (Vodka is appropriate for this, not rubbing alcohol.

Citronella is especially good at cleaning sick rooms during and after contagious illnesses. You can diffuse the oil in the room or use as a disinfectant by adding it to your water or natural cleaner. Also, when a few drops are added to bath water, it can help disinfect the skin.

The clearing benefits and balancing effects on the skin are definitely worth using Citronella Essential Oil in your daily regimen. It helps to reduce oily skin and can also be tremendously helpful in reducing bad bacteria that can lead to acne. Use a drop in your water to rinse your skin, add a drop to your facial cream, or make a witch hazel and citronella astringent by adding one drop per ounce of witch hazel and applying as needed.

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