Offering A Therapeutic Hand

Hydrosols are very sound, as far as therapeutic uses are concerned. Not only that, certain hydrosols act as absolute beauty enhancers as sometimes they are addressed as beauty oils too. They are very calming and mild in nature.

Hydrosols are like a very concentrated extract. You can consider them about 20-30 times more concentrated in herbal strength than a cup of herb tea. [250 lbs Geranium (16,000 t. herb) = 250 quarts hydrosol (50-60 gallons) or 800-900 cups] For a 3 week course of treatment, use 1 t. hydrosol/cup of water. Take 3 cups per day for 3 weeks . Treat hydrosols with respect and like an essential oil. If you add a drop of essential oil to the diluted hydrosol you have a powerful herbal/aromatherapy formula.

When plants are distilled in a small still, the hydrosol drips into the receiver (about 1 gallon every 32 minutes) and there will be an actual slick of essential oil on the surface of the water. This essential oil will further collect as the hydrosol cools and it then can be decanted off or removed with an eye dropper. Or the bottle containing the hydrosol with the collected essential oil can be placed in the freezer. The hydrosol will freeze and then the essential oil can be poured off into a small vial. Hydrosols are naturally very acidic. Talking of Rose hydrosols -

  • Rose (Rosa spp.) hydrosol

    A great toner for all skin types, and all ages and sexes. A fabulous addition to all skin and body care products. If you don’t have Rose, Rose Geranium is a wonderful substitute. Spray on hankie, clothes or bedding as an aphrodisiac, it also eases nervousness and relaxes.

  • Rose Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) Hydrosol

    This should be distilled when it is in full flower in the spring. Sometimes it can be distilled again in the fall, but the fall distillation produces a much different hydrosol and essential oil. Externally, the hydrosol is useful for bathing, skin cellular regeneration. It balances the skin whether dry or oily. It is one of the few hydrosols that can be sprayed on smelly pets to deodorize them. If this hydrosol is inhaled via a spray, it is cooling, antidepressant, and useful to relieve hot flashes. This hydrosol can also be taken as a tonic drink (1 t/glass of water) and may be helpful to woman for hormonal balance and 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

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

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

Talking About Hydrosols

The most talked about substances in the world are nothing but hydrosols. The many qualities of the n number of hydrosols, make them a marketting giant. The hydrosols are known to fight all kind sof infections with utter efficiency.

Hydrosols are derived from the terms “hydro” (meaning water) and “sol” (meaning solution). These are left-over waters that remain in the extraction container after the steam-distillation of a plant. Hydrosols or hydrolates or hydrolats, by whatever terms the waters be called, they mean the same. These condensate waters contain everything that was in the plant and are often more aromatic than even the essential oils. When essential oils are produced using steam distillation, not all the healing and aromatic principles of the plant are captured. But the waters contain the condensate of whatever the plant had when it was alive and growing.

Hydrosol is the plant/flower water by-product that remains from the production of an essential oil during the steam distillation process.

During the production of essential oils, the steam distillation process of the aromatic plants results in two products -

  • The essential oil
  • The hydrosol (plant water)

During the cooling process, the oil soluble component is separated out from the water. And since the aromatic molecules has already passed through the water, the remaining hydrosol (water) is now enriched with a mixture of beneficial aromatic properties.

Hydrosols were not used in the Middle Ages owing to problems with logistics of transportation. Since their healing properties were too less known, people preferred using the smart and neatly-packed essential oils (which work by drops) to the heavy waters of hydrosols. But the 20th century saw hydrosols in a new light and started using it in aromatherapy and general, day-to-day use.

Hydrosols are affected by weather changes, climate and soil conditions as a plant’s internal chemistry changes with respect to everything in its environment. So, if you find difference between hydrosols of a same plant, don’t blame it on the manufacturer, but the country and region in which the plants were grown.

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  1. Floral Waters by Wise Geek
  2. Hydro-sols 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

Less Known Hydrosols

Although, hydrosols are quite famous all over the world, for their various healing and curing properties. Yet there is a certain number of hydrosols that are not all that famous, but they are gradually grabbing the limelight.

  • Artemesia Arboresence Hydrosol

    This hydrosol is nice and soothing for injured and inflamed skin. Think first sunburn of the season. Digestive tonic, detox the liver. Circulatory system stimulant. Antihistamine, anti-inflammatory and expectorant for the respiratory system.

  • Bulgarian Rose

    There are many different kinds of Roses and they are reflected in the hydrosols. The water is lovely and really is a perfume in itself. There are widely varying degrees of quality that are due to distillation process, raw material as well as the storage and handling of the finished product. It is mildly antiseptic and is very humectant. It is a great addition to any skin care product.

  • Chamomile Romain Hydrosol

    A very useful all purpose hydrosol. Used for baby care. Reduces stress, insomnia aid. Topically reduces redness, heat and sensitivities, calming to irritated skin. Can be used as an eyewash or compress for the eye area.

  • Cinnamon Hydrosol

    This Eco-Cert hydrosol is from the bark. It has a deeper and more Cinnamon sharpness than the leaf, more intense but not ‘hot’. Very stimulating for the mind. Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil is used to treat infections of the digestive tract. The Hydrosol is more gentle and can be used the same way. Treats gastric bloating and colic. It tastes great and is a perfect base for oral preparations.

  • Frankincense Hydrosol

    Strongly scented. Could be diluted with distilled water if you’d like… The smell was described by someone else as ‘expansive’. That’s a good description, it is expansive in energy work and to the lungs. Dry, woody, slightly peppery smell. Frankincense essential oil and hydrosol are from the congealed exudae from the damaged tree bark. The trees are incised and the resin collected. This is most likely the gum referred to in ancient texts.Frankincense hydrosol is used topically on aging skin to reduce wrinkles. Mist on the face as a toner for skin. Gives a fine textured, silky feeling. It is a diuretic and drying without leaving the skin feeling dry and tight.

Have a look st our reference links now -

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

Rose Floral Water – As Sweet As It Smells

Rose floral water is one amazing liquid that acts as a beauty enhancer for the human skin. Rose has been an epitome of love and beauty and as far as the uses of its floral water are concerned, there are no doubts about the fact that it indeed is one.

Rose Hydrolat has an exquisite fragrance which is renowned for its relaxing, calming, uplifting effects. It is widely used in skincare to tone, nourish and hydrate the skin. Suits all skin types particularly dry, sensitive, irritated or mature skin.

Rose floral water is a natural alternative to facial toners and skin refresheners as well as natural air freshener. A very useful floral water for dry skin.

The water is obtained by recovering steam from the steam distillation of fresh rose petals.

Rose Water or Rose Hydrolat/Hydrosol has been used for therapeutic beauty rituals since ancient times. It has an exquisite fragrance which is renowned for its relaxing, calming, uplifting effects.

Rose Water has a toning, nourishing, hydrating and soothing effect on the skin and can help to stimulate the skin’s regeneration process. It is suitable for all skin types but is particularly beneficial for dry, sensitive, damaged, irritated or mature skin. It is also useful for soothing any allergic skin reactions. You know what all is done by it? Read the following -

  • Normal skin is purified and cleansed
  • Oily skin is balanced and toned
  • Sensitive skin is soothed and cooled
  • Mature skin is toned and rejuvenated
  • Purifying, harmonizing, toning and cooling all type of skin
  • Helps heal sunburns and wounds
  • Apply it as an aftershave to soothe irritated skin

Rose Water has a mild sedative and anti-depressant effect and can be helpful in calming the nerves and reducing anxiety. It also has a balancing effect on the hormones and can be helpful during the menopause. Try adding 50mls of Rose Hydrolat to a relaxing bath or pop it in a bottle and use as a therapeutic body or room spray.

A splash of cool filtered or spring water refreshes the skin after any treatment. Flower waters add their own natural benefits, and gently close pores without the harshness of alcohol-based toners. For oily skin, try water with a dash of vinegar, or rose water with a dash of witch hazel.

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

Floral Waters – Rescue From The Unnatural

Floral waters are wonderful natural liquids that are amazing at dealing with a number of skin related problems. They are very mild and natural in nature and are used extensively for their devoid-of-side-effects property.

Floral Waters can all be used as toners, but each has several of its own unique perks as well. The Rose Floral Water acts as a gentle moisturizer for sensitive skin, a mist for skin and hair and even as a home fragrance. Lavender Floral Water can be applied to blemishes to reduce inflammation and, like Rose Water, can also be used to refresh your home with an ultra-calming aroma. Chamomile Floral Water helps reduce the appearance of dark under-eye circles and can alleviate itchy eyes when used with a warm compress. Orange Blossom Floral Water calms blotchy, red skin with its vitamin-rich formula.

A gently restorative Lavender flower water/hydrolat which has a calming effect on the senses, whilst making a soothing and balancing toner for the skin. Pure Organic Lavender Flower Water/ Hydrolat (Lavandula Angustifolia) is prized for its traditional comforting scent and its relaxing qualities which help to reduce the impact of stress on both the mind and body. Lavender has been used since Roman times for bath, body and skincare and is suitable for all skin types particularly dry and combination skin.

Pure Chamomile Hydrolat/Flower Water (Anthemis Nobilis) is intensely therapeutic and gently nurtures the skin whilst soothing the mind and body. Chamomile has been used since antiquity for bath, body and skincare and is suitable for all skin types’ particularly dry, sensitive and irritated skin. Chamomile is renowned for its subtle fresh grassy scent and its beneficial, calming influence. Floral Waters (Hydrolats) are also known as Hydrosols, Flower or Floral Waters are 100% natural and contain no -

  • Additives
  • Colours
  • Preservatives

Hydro-lats are the waters collected when plants are steam-distilled to gather essential oils and they have similar powers to the oils themselves.

Rose Flower Water / Hydro-lat is renowned for its classic feminine scent and its beneficial, stress relieving influence on the mind and body. Rose Water (Rose Damask) has been central to therapeutic beauty rituals since Ancient Egyptian Times when Cleopatra used Rose Water to meet her bath, body and beauty needs. Our Pure Organic Rose Water/Hydro-lat has a luxurious, feel-good scent which is profoundly relaxing with the ability to soothe anxiety and support self esteem. Rose Water is suitable for all skin types and makes an excellent skin toner, particularly for dry, damaged and mature skin.

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