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

Sandalwood Hydrosol

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Sometimes I wonder, who on earth would not be aware of the amazing qualities of this hydrosol, Sandalwood. The hydrosol has a mesmerizing smell and is hence a part of n number fragrant brands and even creams and lotions.

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.

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.

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 and 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.

  • Anti Septic: Essential Oil of Sandal Wood is very good as an anti septic. It is safe for both internal and external applications. It ingested, it helps protect internal wounds and ulcers from infections. Similarly, when applied on skin, it protects wounds, sores, boils, pimples etc. from infections and from getting septic.
  • Anti Phlogistic: Just as it has been discussed above, Sandal Wood Oil has Anti Phlogistic properties and gives relief from inflammations resulting from fever and viral infections.

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

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.

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

Rosewood Hydrosol

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Rosewood is quite famous, I’m so sure that you must have read its name on a number of beauty products’ labels. The hydrosol is a part of n number of products and that can be owed to its amazing properties and qualities.

The health benefits of Rosewood Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties like analgesic, anti depressant, anti septic, aphrodisiac, anti bacterial, cephalic, deodorant, insecticide and stimulant.

The Rosewood Essential Oil is extracted from the woody matter of Rosewood tree with the help of steam distillation. Its main components are Alpha Terpineol, Alpha Pinene, Benzaldehyde, Cineole, Camphene, Geranial, Geraniol, Neral, Myrcene, Limonene, Linalool and Linalool Oxide. The Rose Wood tree, which Brazil is famous for, are giant evergreen trees bearing the scientific name Aniba Rosaeaodora. Rose Wood is highly priced as a decorative wood and millions of hectares of rose wood forests were cut down for making furniture and show pieces, chopsticks etc.

This wood could have been used to produce tons of Rose Wood Essential Oil and put to better usages to keep mankind healthier. Let us see what medicinal properties this floral, sweet smelling oil derived from these dead-looking pieces of wood had in store for us.

  • Analgesic: If not strong, this oil serves as a mild analgesic and can give you relief from slight headache, toothaches and pain in muscles and joints, particularly those resulting from infections of cold, influenza, mumps, measles etc.
  • Anti Depressant: This Essential Oil can take away your depression and leave you smiling within minutes. The mild sweet, spicy and floral aroma of this oil does all the tricks and thus it is favored by the aromatherapy specialists. It drives away sadness and disappointment and prepares you to take on the life with a new and positive point of view. Can be very good for those who recently failed in their tests or in love.
  • Anti Septic: Before you rush to a doctor following a minor cut or abrasion or an insect bite, you can do one thing. Soak a piece of cotton in the Rosewood Oil and apply it on the affected place. It will not only protect it from infections, but will also help heal it.

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  1. Floral Waters by Wise Geek
  2. Hydrosols by Natural Home Spa
  3. Floral Flowers by Chemistry

Touch Of Hydrosols

It isn’t just about saying it, but the touch of hydrosols (Okay metaphorically! I mean their usage) tend to do miracles in terms of doing good to an ailing skin. The hydrosols are wonderful in nature and very pure.

The uses of hydrosols may vary from a mere wound care, to taking care of the digestive system, here are some, have a look.

  • Wound Care: Wash open wounds and tender, infected areas with hydrosols. Helichrysum hydrosol is a 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. I’ll take a gallon please!
  • Mouthwash: Peppermint or Spearmint Hydrosol is fantasic for mouth care.
  • Hot Flashes: Mist your face and neck with a cooling hydrosol like Peppermint, Geranium, Lime or Clary Sage hydrosol.
  • Digestion: Many people add 1 drop of Peppermint essential oil to their water bottles, but given how concentrated essential oils are, that will be too intense for many and it’s easy to add too much. Peppermint hydrosol, on the other hand, is perfect to add to drinking water! Just add a couple of tablespoons of Peppermint hydrosol to a litre of water and you’ve got a great digestive aid. It will give you a refreshing lift, too!
  • Bath: Add 1/2 C of your favorite hydrosol for a relaxing bath. My favorites are the flower hydrosols like Rose, Lavender, Clary Sage
  • Humidifier: Add to your humidifier water to a lovely aroma.
  • Hair Rinse: After you’ve washed your hair and rinsed the products out, give your hair a final rinse with hydrsol to leave your hair smelling clean and lovely. Your scalp will thank you, too.

You an make an energetic spray with any of the hydrosols to help balance your chakras and energy field and give you an emotional lift. Sweetgrass hydrosol is my favorite for this.

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

Hydrosols – The Flower Power

The hydrosols are amazing natural liquids that do wonders for the skin. They are used for number of purposes namely, soothing skin from irritations, digestion, as an antiseptic, as an aphrodisiac (in certain cases).

Hydrosols are that other product of distillation when plants are steam-distilled to release their essential oil. Hydrosol simply means, hydro or water and sol or solution, that is, the water solution that contains some of the water-soluble micro-molecules of essential oil as well as water-soluble plant components.

Hydrosols (also known as herbal water or floral water) are obtained by distilling -

  • Flowers
  • Needles
  • Woods
  • Leaves
  • Herbs
  • Seeds
  • Roots
  • Barks of plants and trees

Hydrosols are less concentrated than essential oils and have mild and subtle aroma. Therefore, they can be used on the skin without diluting them.

Hydrosols make great soothing and refreshing facial sprays. They are often used as astringents, toners, facial mists, and compresses. They can be added to water for hair rinse and can also be used to mix face masks.

Basil is considered to be a sacred plant in India and is used extensively in Ayurvedic medicine. Basil/Tulsi hydrosol or herbal water is anti-bacterial in nature and is good for acne prone skin. It is also helpful in opening clogged pores and removing excess oil from face leaving the skin feeling fresh and rejuvenated.

Neem, a tropical Asian tree, is known as “nature’s pharmacy” because of its medicinal properties. It has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, and is used extensively in ayurvedic preparations. It is effective in treating skin problems such as acne and other skin infections.

Lemon hydrosol or herbal water is used for combating various skin problems such as acne, greasiness and excessive oil on facial skin, and other skin impurities. The herbal water is known for its antimicrobial and antisepti properties. It leaves the skin feeling fresh and rejuvenated.

Flower Of Life cucumber hydrosol or herbal water is anti-inflammatory and has a soothing and refreshing effect on the skin. It works as an astringent leaving a cooling sensation on the skin. Cucumber has a slight skin bleaching property and it removes skin impurities. It also reduces oiliness and refines skin pores thereby making it a good toner for skin with various problems such as acne and greasiness.

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

Spraying Life To Body – Hydrosols

When its about helping and actually, taking care of the body with the help of most natural and mild of natural substances, there isn’t a better respite from the woes than a hydrosol. Present in the world are n number of natural essential hydrosols.

When plant material is distilled it is exposed to either boiling water, steam or both. The steam moves through the plant, breaks open the structures that contain the essential oil and other plant fluids.

They are then carried with the steam and are separated as the steam cools in the condensing coil. The essential oils tend to float on top of the water (except for a few oils that sink to the bottom). The essential oil is siphoned off, leaving us hydrosols.

Peppermint Hydrosol and Witch Hazel Hydrosol can help to ease itching caused by dry skin, dandruff and insect bites.

Use hydrosols to freshen a room and to benefit from the emotional and therapeutic properties that are inherent with the chosen hydrosol(s). Simply spray the hydrosol within your space as you would most any room mist. Do be careful to avoid furniture, other people, pets, open beverages and foods. Hydrosols can be used in place of water within AromaWeb’s Air Freshener Recipe.

Heard of aphrodisiacs? Well, aphrodisiacs can help enhance sexual desire. One or more of the hydrosols shown below may act as an aphrodisiac for you, depending on your situation: Roman Chamomile, Frankincense, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon Balm (Melissa), Nutmeg, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rose, Spearmint, and Vetiver.

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

Rose Hydrosol

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The rose, in history, has been an epitome of the most beautiful of things, be it love, be it heart, be it beauty. Similarly, if we go to the hydrosol of this amazingly beautiful flower, we will find that, the qualities of its hydrosol can give every other hydrosol on the earth, a run for its money.

The exact origin of rosewater and rose oil production was never recorded in history. However, we can trace the existence of rosewater as far back as 1200BC to the Mycenaean city of Pilos where it was traded commercially.[1] The production of rosewater was also a thriving industry in Shiraz in Persia. From 810BC the province of Faristan in Persia was required to give an annual tribute of 30,000 bottles of rosewater to the Caliph in Baghdad. At this time Faristan was the centre of global rosewater production, exporting to China and throughout the Islamic world.

This oil does not only have an amazing scent but also has a number of healing properties and has been used to treat various illnesses in alternative and ayurvedic medicine.

This amazing oil has antibacterial, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory qualities. It’s also a natural stimulant, and all these properties work together to make a natural tonic for the skin. It’s used for the skin, mainly to -

  • Soothe
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Cleanse the skin

This oil may help to regulate oil production and could be a good way to keep excess oil production under control. It also has very high antioxidant activity, and this makes it useful in skin care.

Rose oil is an important part of herb folklore and was used to treat both male and female problems. Some of these problems included impotency, irregular periods, and symptoms of menopause. It also has been used to treat sore throats, asthma, nausea, and hay fever. In ayurveda, this oil is believed to help correct imbalances within the digestive enzyme and endocrine systems.

Rose oil seems to be an oil that is worth learning how to use. It not only soothes and protects the skin but can also help with mood swings. If you make your own skin care products or soaps, this oil could be a great way to add healing and calming properties to anything from body lotions to homemade soaps.

In aromatherapy, the psychological effects are wondrous for those with a broken heart, or other emotional wounds. Rose oil calms and supports the heart center, inspiring a sense of happiness and well-being. When rejection or loss has injured one’s ability to love and nurture, either themselves or those around them, rose oil can bring sweet and gentle comfort and allow an emotional ‘re-opening’.

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  1. Floral Waters by Wise Geek
  2. Hydrosols by Natural Home Spa
  3. Floral Flowers by Chemistry

Rose Geranium Hydrosol

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The hydrosol is used for a number of purposes and the most important one being, helping in digestion. The hydrosol has many amazing properties that deal with the internal problems of the human body very effectively.

Rose Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) is a well-loved fragrance used for cosmetics; food, tea & alcohol flavorings, perfumery, and holistic healing…especially for emotional balance / stress, the skin, and women’s endocrine system issues.

Physically, it helps with hormonal balance, liver & kidney functions, discharges toxins from the liver that may be impacting the body’s overall well-being. (opens the the Solar Plexus). Supports digestive, nervous, & circulatory systems Has antiseptic qualities.

  • Cardiovascular: Improves blood flow / reduces bleeding, Hemorrhoids; Varicose veins;
  • Digestive support: Traditionally used to treat Diarrhea, Dysentery and Colic; Gallstones, heals Ulcers, supports Liver detoxification (dilates bile ducts), balances the Pancreas;
  • Hormonal support: A vital component in the treatment of Endometriosis, Hormonal balance, Pre-Menstrual & Menopausal symptoms, reputed to help with Uterine and Breast Cancer (would certainly help the patient to relax and cope with the pain)
  • Oral health: Sore throats & infections;
  • Nervous System: Remedy for Herpes & Shingles, relieves Neuralgia, regenerates Nerve tissue, so may be useful for disease or chemo-induced Neuropathy;
  • Skin regeneration: Acne, Burns, Bruises, Eczema, Frostbite, Infections, Insect repellent & soothes Bites & Bee stings, Ringworm, heals Sores & Wounds; good as an Oily Skin Cleanser to balance the sebum;
  • Stress & Anxiety related issues: Confusion, useful for promoting Concentration, Depression, Insomnia, Panic & Anxiety, Tension;
  • Urinary Tract: Kidney stones

You can use rose geranium essential oil in baths, massage oil, diffusion in the home, in a vaporizer, in organic cream or shampoo bases, or other organic products. As it is an insect repellent, you can use a few drops on a tissue if you are sitting outside or even at home to avoid insect bites. However, essential oils are very strong and only one or two drops should be used. It should not be applied undiluted on the skin as it can create irritations or burns and rose geranium essential oil should be avoided by pregnant women. Also, chose an organic essential oil to guarantee its quality as fragrance essential oils do not carry the therapeutic effects a therapeutic grade oil does.

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  1. Floral Waters by Wise Geek
  2. Hydrosols by Natural Home Spa
  3. Floral Flowers by Chemistry

Clearing The Confusion – Hydrosols And Essential Oils

There is a horde of people I know, who are greatly confused between hydrosols and essential oils. People need to understand this that these two are entirely different but their qualities overlap.

A safe and gentle (and less expensive) alternative to the use of rare EO’s are Hydrosols, a by-product of the steam distillation process that produces the Essential Oils we use.

During the distillation process that yields the Essential Oils, 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.

The ‘misters’ or ‘spritzers’ or ‘floral waters’ that you find in the store have their uses. They often are made of distilled or pure spring water with a few drops of the appropriate Essential Oil added. I make and use them myself, for room scenting, for disinfecting, etc. But they aren’t to be confused with a true hydrosol, which can contain many other therapeutic benefits. “Floral Water”, especially, may be any one of many things. It could be a true distillate -

▪                A hydrosol

▪                A hydrolat

But most often what are sold as “Floral Waters” are water with some sort of fragrance soliloquized in it. Now it could contain true essential oil or absolute, most often it contains a synthetic fragrance.

Even if made from a blend of essential oil and water, it will lack the specific healing qualities of the hydrosol since different plant chemicals come through in the water portion of the distillate than are found in the Essential Oil. For example, Linalool, a major component of Lavender essential oil is lacking in the hydrosol. For this reason, the differing water soluble phytochemicals, the hydrosol may or may not smell like the essential oil which emerged from the still at the same time.

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. I use them to ‘back up’ the EO’s that I use.

Take 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