Talking of hydrosols or floral waters for that matter, there are certain things a person can be absolutely sure of and they are floral waters are wonderful and pure solutions and are hence used for a number of purposes.
Flower water and floral water are descriptive, but now outdated terms, used to describe the condensate water that remains after the extraction of an essential oil by water or steam distillation. When essential oils are produced this way, not all of the aromatic and healing principles held within the plant are actually captured in the essential oil.
Certain components are hydrophilic, which means they dissolve into water, and this produces what is variously known as -
- Flower water
What ever you choose to call it, the resulting fragrant water contains the very essence of everything that was contained within the plant when it was still alive and growing.
The terms flower or floral waters are misleading since these miracle waters can be produced from herbs, needles, leaves, woods, barks and seeds. In aromatherapy, these products are more commonly referred to as hydro-sols, and this is the term that we prefer to use for our range.
This is because increasingly today, many ‘flower waters’ are made from synthetic compounds which smell quite pretty but posses absolutely no healing properties! In fact, quite the opposite they can cause skin irritation.
Others are produced by adding essential oils or absolutes to water by using alcohol or some other type of dispersant or solvent. This may appear to be perfectly acceptable, since the finished product contains essential oil and has a pleasant fragrance similar to a natural hydro-sol.
However, this type of reconstituted product lacks the wealth of vital healing properties present in a true hydro-sol, – remember, many of the plant constituents were dissolved into the water whilst extracting the oil, so they were never present in the essential oil in the first place.
Therefore adding an essential oil to water will never create a product with the same range of healing benefits as a true hydro-sol. There is simply no substitute for a true hydro-sol, so be vigilant for yourself, because ‘purity’ can never be replaced.
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