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.

Go through our reference links now -

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

Producing Magic – Hydrosols

Hydrosols are wonderful solutions which when used in the right manner can be wonderfully benefitting for the skin. Hydrosols have this added advantage of being absolutely natural.

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.

Now some hydrosols are considered to be a useless by-product. Other hydrosols, such as the rose hydrosol is considered a gem. You’ll find a lot of toner type products containing the floral hydrosol ingredient.

▪                Chamomile Hydrosol – Suitable for relieving inflammation and irritation and great for people with sensitive skin.

▪                Lemon Verbena Hydrosol – The hydrosol of lemon verbena exfoliates and hydrates dry skin and clears the skin of impurities

▪                Orange Flower Hydrosol – Orange flower produces neroli, which treats rosacea and other scars. Moreover, orange flower hydrosols blend Vitamin C to fight with wrinkles and hydrate dry skin.

▪                Lavender Hydrosol – Lavender hydrosols are especially helpful for people who have trouble sleeping at nights. Lavender has regenerative properties and it can be used as a facial or as a toner as well.

▪                Rose Geranium Hydrosol – This flower replenishes dry skin by hydrating and nourishing. The hydrosol mildly cleanses dry skin and removes scars.

▪                Rose Hydrosol – A key ingredient in many skin care products. The essential aromatic molecules of rose balances moisture in dry skin and also relieves stressed skin. It helps rejuvenate tired looking skin.

▪                Lemon Balm Hydrosol – The anti-bacterial properties of lemon balm not only cure dry-skin abrasions, but also nourish dry skin.

Go through our reference links now -

  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

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.

Go through our reference links now -

  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.

Go through our reference links now -

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

Hydrosols – For A More Natural And Light Living

Hydrosols can be wonderfully benefitting to the humans, if only they learn to learn them in the right manner. Hydrosols are wonderful smelling and very light in their note.

Hydrosols, also known as floral waters, hydroflorates, flower waters or distillates are produced from steam-distilling plant materials.

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. 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.

Unlike their “essential oil added to water” counterparts, true steam-distilled hydrosols contain all the nutritional components that whole plant materials have to offer. Gentle hydrosols are water soluble & can be used directly on the skin without further dilution. Some brands will use hydrosols in place of water when creating -

▪                Natural fragrances

▪                Oils

▪                Creams

▪                Balms

▪                Facial toners

And for that matter even many other skin care products to bring even higher grades of purity to their prducts. For fun, they can also be added to the bath and even be used on their own as a light cologne or body spray on pulse points if the fragrance is heady enough.

Some of these variations are produced by adding essential oils or absolutes to water and using alcohol, dispersant or solvents. But, know this – the richest hydrosols are usually a by-product of essential oil production.

As such, the highest quality comes from devoted distillers who, with artist-like precision, steam small batches of fresh floral and plant material strictly to produce hydrosols, such as copper stills and processed through certified organic methods. Hydrosols contain all of the essence of the plant in every drop, just like essential oils but in a milder form; making them suitable for all manner of applications where essential oils might be too strong for daily use. In most hydrosols there is less than 5% actual oil.

Go through these reference links now -

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

People Use Floral Waters Extensively

Floral waters are indeed used extensively all over the world, they are very mild and curing in nature. Over the years, floral waters have gathered a lot of crusaders, when used in the right proportion and manner, they do wonders for the skin.

People who want to use floral waters in cooking should only use food-grade products. While many cosmetic waters are perfectly safe to consume, this is not always the case, and it is better to be safe than sorry. Some cosmetic products are treated with additives to prolong their shelf life or enhance their scent, and these additives are not safe for consumption. Cooks should look for those that are clearly marked for cooking when they will be used in recipes; food grade floral waters can also be used cosmetically.

Floral essence, also known as flower essence, is a water-based extract from fresh flowers. It typically contains alcohol, such as brandy, as a preservative. Some people claim that a floral essence has healing properties. Subsequently, individuals sometimes select these products as an alternative therapy.

Unlike many traditional Western medicines, floral essences are supposed to address mental, spiritual and emotional issues first. The works on the more new-age premises of vibration and energy. In theory, an essence is supposed to enter the blood stream and travel through energy pathways in the body. Along the way, the product allegedly -

  • Corrects blockages within the pathways
  • Restors energy balance

With the blockages out of the way, a person feels emotionally, spiritually and mentally stable.

Even though the main concept of a floral essence is to restore emotional, spiritual and mental balance, people who use essences also promote the concept of the mind-body connection. Under this belief, which science does support, how a person feels and thinks affects their physical well-being. Thus, individuals also use floral essences in hopes of alleviating physical problems indirectly.

Many different types of flowers can form floral essences. Certain flowers or plants are associated with certain emotions or physical effects. For instance, chamomile traditionally is thought to soothe and calm. Not every essence thus is appropriate for every issue. People often seek assistance from naturopaths and herbalists about what essence will help, but because of the spiritual aspect of essences, professionals also tell clients to let their gut or instinct guide them in selection.

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

Floral Waters – For Good

Floral waters are wonderful solutions that used especially ladies all over the world, owing to their mild and natural healing and curing properties. Hydrosols when used in the right manner, do lot of good to the skin and hair.

Floral waters are waters that have been infused with the essences of various flowers. Some common varieties are made with flowers like -

  • Lavender
  • Rose
  • Orange blossom
  • Chamomile
  • Rosemary

They have a variety of uses, ranging from body care to cooking, and there are a number of styles that people can choose from. These products are often available at large markets and health food stores, and they can also be ordered directly from the companies that produce them.

Many companies distinguish between a hydrosol, which is water made with the water used during steam distillation of essential oils, and a floral water, made with essential oil added to water. Some people believe that hydrosols are superior, because they often integrate a wider range of scents, and they can be quite strong. Floral waters made with essential oil are also of varying quality, because the strength depends on how much essential oil is used, what kind of water it is suspended in, and how well distilled the essential oil was to begin with.

In cooking, floral waters have famously been used in the Middle East for centuries. Many Middle Eastern pastries and desserts include orange blossom water and rose water, for example, and they can be added to savory dishes, as well. Typically, they are used in moderate amounts so that the strong scent and flavor do not become overwhelming. Floral waters can also become cloying if they are applied to food in excess.

In beauty care, there are all sorts of ways to use floral waters. Some people apply them directly to their skin after bathing, using them as a mild natural perfume and taking advantage of the substances in the water that can be beneficial to the skin. Others apply them to change their mood, using things like lavender to calm down during a stressful day. They can also be added to bodycare products like moisturizers and scrubs.

Go through our reference links now -

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

Shaking Hands – Aromatherapy & Hydrosols

If we talk about aromatherapy in general, then just to tell you, the best of natural oils or rather call them hydrosols, are used in it. Hydrosols are known to have an amazing calming effect on the senses. They soothe the senses.

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils and hydrosols to promote personal health and are obtained by a process called distillation. Plant materials are heated with water in a pot called a still, so that their aromatic oils are released from the plant, vaporize, and rise with the steam of the heated water. The steam and vapor move through a tube to a condensing coil, where they are cooled and returned to liquid state.

The essential oil, which is an easily evaporated (volatile) liquid having the characteristic odor of the plant, floats on top of the water. The resulting water contains water-soluble parts of the plant and micromolecules of essential oil and is termed the hydrosol. Both of these products of distillation are considered valuable therapeutic substances and are used by application and inhalation to achieve balance with harmony, namely -

  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Mental
  • Spiritual

Hydrosols or floral waters are co-created along with essential oils during steam distillation of freshly harvested plants. In fact, the bulk of the total yield of this process is the hydrosol which is rich in water soluble hydrophilic elements of the original plants. The gentleness and the benevolent nature of the hydrosols offer a myriad of treatment possibilities when a more subtle approach is required.

Hydrolats (also known as Hydrosols, Floral or Flower Waters) are the waters collected when plants are steam-distilled to extract their essential oils. Their therapeutic properties and fragrance are similar to the essential oils from which they are derived, as the distilled water contains small amounts of essential oil. They also contain many other water soluble elements from the plant, which have additional therapeutic properties and which are not present in the essential oil itself. Hydrolats/Hydrosols are ideal for naturally therapeutic skincare.

They can be used for gentle, cleansing and toning and can easily be blended with creams, lotions, aloe vera gels and clays to make your own bespoke skincare treatments. They are particularly effective for treating skin conditions where a non-oily product is required. Hydrolats can also be used as an alternative to essential oils when a more gentle form of aromatherapy is indicated i.e. for children, the very elderly or for the sick.

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

Making Their Names Big – Hydrosols

It wont be entirely wrong to call this ear of natural oils or hydrosols. These hydrosols that are obtained in the purest of fashion have a big demand in the world market. They are known for their subtle yet impactful qualities.

Hydrosols are very safe plant waters distilled directly from plants or trees. Through a distillation process using only distilled water and plant material, we are able to extract the healing properties of each plant. The use of hydrosols is a relatively new practice in aromatherapy. In the past, the hydrosols or plant waters were often discarded during the distillation process, considered inferior in comparison to the more concentrated essential oils. Recently, however, hydrosols have enjoyed more popularity and generated more interest, for varying reasons.

With the wider usage of hydrosols, there has been an increased understanding of their value based on the adage: “less is more”. Essential oils are sometimes contraindicated for pregnant women, infants, older populations, people with environmental sensitivities, and pets. Hydrosols on the other hand, are often safer because they are weaker in strength, without sacrificing their overall efficacy.

  • Iron: Use instead of of distilled water. This chore might even become fun!
  • House Cleaning: Use in place of water to clean, well, everything! Countertops, windows, tile, glass. The air will smell amazing.
  • Car Cleaning: Again, spray the whole vehicle down and wipe steering wheels, dashboard, everywhere.
  • Classroom: Wipe down the desks after students go home. One kindergarten teacher does this and her class has the lowest illness absenteeism in the school.
  • Elegant Dinner: Add some Rose hydrosol to a finger bowl or simply float some flowers in hydrosol in a bowl in the center of the table.
  • Recipes: Whether you’re cooking or making soap, replace the water in your recipe with hydrosol!
  • Yoga Mats and Massage Tables: Spray and let dry! Better than essential oils as they can breakdown their covering.

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. 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.

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