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

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

Hydrosols – Drawing The Curtains From History

Hydrosols are a wonderful source of the richest of nourishment. They are loaded with qualities that are enough to deal with the most chronic of problems very naturally and without any side-effects. These are highly antiseptic in nature.

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 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.

You may be surprised to learn that many of the ‘floral waters’ available in the cluttered organic market have been made with synthetic compounds which really end up without any therapeutic or beautifying qualities. Some of these variations are produced by adding essential oils or absolutes to water and using -

  • Alcohol
  • Dispersants
  • 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.

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

The Best 9 Of Hydrosols

Talking about the best of benefits of hydrosols, I have come up with an entire list of benefits of the same. Hydrosols, as a matter of fact, are quite popular in the market, owe that to their many healing and curing properties. Discussing the best of benefits.

  1. Mouthwash: Peppermint or Spearmint Hydrosol is fantasic for mouth care.
  2. Hot Flashes: Mist your face and neck with a cooling hydrosol like Peppermint, Geranium, Lime or Clary Sage hydrosol.
  3. 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.
  4. Bath: Add 1/2 C of your favorite hydrosol for a relaxing bath. My favorites are the flower hydrosols like Rose, Lavender, Clary Sage
  5. Humidifier: Add to your humidifier water to a lovely aroma.
  6. 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.
  7. Energetically: 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.
  8. Feet: Soak your feet in a cool foot bath with Peppermint or Spearmint hydrosol. Or add to a spray bottle and just give them a cooling mist whenever you want to refresh your “dogs”.
  9. Animal Care: I could do an entire blog post just on the uses of hydrosols for animals. Suffice it to say that where I would never use essential oils on my pets, I wouldn’t hesitate to use hydrosols. You can use hydrosols for hot spots, for washing infected ears, for rinsing fur that has mange (which is a fungal condition), for rinsing wounds and even just cleaning their little faces. My pug Sassy frequently gets a cleaning with hydrosols and a washcloth. Pugs have those charming face wrinkles, but they reallyhold the dirt! I like to wipe her face with chamomile hydrosol. It is even gentle enough to go over her bulging eyes.

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

Sneak Peek Into Primitive Significance – Hydrosols

Hydrosols today that we know, have a big and deep past to them. Hydrosols have always been known to humans to be of amazing benefits in terms of health and infections. Quite a number of them even are used for culinary purposes.

When aromatherapy was in its nascent stages (as a science of healing in ancient civilizations), floral waters were in vogue. The Egyptians, the Greeks and the Romans were known to have used hydrosols extensively for their healing and aesthetic properties.

Since essential oils were produced only by the methods of solvent extraction, the Middle Ages paid little attention to essential oils and revered the hydrosols more. With the advent of the science of essential oils and aromatherapy, the floral waters suffered a backlash again. Only in the early 20th century, the aromatic pendulum shifted and hydrosols came to be recognized for their therapeutic properties.

You can use hydrosols in the following situations -

  • Use hydrosols as a facial mist or toner to cleanse the dirt in your face.
  • Add hydrosols in your bathwater for a natural, aromatic and homeopathic bath experience.
  • Use hydrosols in hair care to treat damaged hair or as a wonderful conditioner that makes hair grow healthy and strong.
  • You can use hydrosols to treat wounds, open cuts, bruises and many types of injuries. They are harmless and do not cause any serious irritations or side effects.
  • Wound Care: Wash open wounds and tender, infected areas with hydrosols. Helichrysum hydrosol is my 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.

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

Best Smelling Mild Liquids – Hydrosols

When it is about soothing and calming natural liquids, one  cannot think of better things than hydrosols, hydrosols are wonderful natural solutions.

Hydrosols or hydrolats are the isolated distillation condensate waters, either intentionally produced or produced as a by-product to essential oil production, where aromatic materials are steam or hydro-distilled. Hydrosols are used by aromatherapists, and are used in nebulisers, cosmetics & shampoos and to a limited extent in foodstuffs. Popular hydrosols include lavender water, orange flower water, kewda water etc. In India for example, kewda water (produced from male spadices of Pandanus odoratissmus flowers) is used for –

▪                Flavouring syrups

▪                Soft drinks

▪                Mughlai cuisine

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.

These micro-molecules of essential oil give the hydrosol its scent and the plant components give the hydrosol its herbal or floral therapy. Remember that hydrosols are not just misters, water to which essential oils have been added. Hydrosols are a unique product, a true part of distillation and cannot be manufactured synthetically. The micro-drops of essential oil are left intact in the hydrosol. The hydrosol is the first 20% of the distilled non-alcoholic waters. They are used 100% pure as they come out of the still with a strong taste, strong scent and a perfect acid balance of 5.5 –to match human skin.

Floral waters, or hydrosols are great for the skin. Hydrosols help tone, rehydrate and rebalance the pH of skin. Fruit or floral waters can be used in a number of ways. The first way is as a face toner or refresher. Simply dab an organic cotton ball with some of the hydrosol and wipe your face. You can do this twice a day, every day. You can add hydrosols to your bath water for a fragrant bath and an all-over body refresher. You can also mist yourself with hydrosols. A gentle fragrance will be left behind. Be sure to keep floral waters out of your eyes.

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

Hydrosols – Aromatic Magic

The best quality of almost all essential oils and hydrosols is that they possess a catchy fragrance. That is precisely one reason why most of the hydrosols are extensively used in fragrance products.

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

Hydrosols At Their Best

Hydrosols are wonderful solutions that are such that if they’re used in the right proportion and in certain cases, with the right blend of hydrosols, they can be very effective in healing and curing a wide number of diseases.

Helichrysum Hydrosol Organic

This hydrosol is definitely on the list of must haves for the household first aid kit. It has a long shelf life and can be used on anything you want to clean and healing, all wounds; tattoos, piercing, scrapes, surgery incisions, dental work…the list goes on. An anti-inflammatory and analgesic for sore muscles as well as bangs and bruises. Very strongly scented. Very much like the essential oil.

Juniper Hydrosol

More like a dry white wine without the sweet and sour flavors. The smell is dry and sharp, a bit like Gin. The smell on the skin is -

  • Warm
  • Woodsy
  • Clean
  • Masculine

It’s very nice actually. Juniper hydrosol is a diuretic when used internally and topically. You can use it as a skin toner to treat oily or acne skin. Blend with green clay for a mask with essential oils for a customized facial.Used to cleanse vibrational fields and auras by therapists between clients and at the close of a session.

Juniper Hydrosol

More like a dry white wine without the sweet and sour flavors. The smell is dry and sharp, a bit like Gin. The smell on the skin is warm and woodsy and clean and masculine, very nice actually. Juniper hydrosol is a diuretic when used internally and topically. You can use it as a skin toner to treat oily or acne skin. Blend with green clay for a mask with essential oils for a customized facial. Used to cleanse vibrational fields and auras by therapists between clients and at the close of a session.

Lavender Hydrosol

From the flowers. This is a toner that can be used on all skin types. It is a great soother for burned skin. A good choice for oily or acne skin to soothe and balance.

Lemon Verbena hydrosol

Bright and lemony, almost peppery. This supply has yellow globs of essential oil bobbing around on the surface.

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

The Many Hydrosols And Floral Waters

Hydrosols and floral waters are wonderful solutions that are used for a number of purposes. They are even used for curing various skin related diseases. Hydrosols when used in the right manner and proportion, can do wonders for the skin.

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.

Right now the future for these miracle healing waters looks much brighter than for a very long time, partly due to the growing interest in aromatherapy. There have also been vital contributions from authors such as Jeanne Rose, Nelly Grosjean and more recently Suzanne Catty. These, and other pioneering spirits have helped to rekindle the interest in this most versatile and gentle of aspect of aromatherapy.

Have a look at our reference links now -

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

Hydrosols – Offering Heath

There is no doubt about the fact that hydrosols, or call them floral waters, do a great deal of benefits to the skin. They are nourishing and hydrating and at the same time they even tackle a number of other infectious problems.

Hydrosols are excellent for using within a skin care regime. In addition to being completely natural, they are gentler than many commercial skin toners. They can also be combined with sun-dried clays to -

  • Make natural face masks
  • Enhance the properties of the clay

During the long, hot summer days or when traveling, they can be used as a facial spray to revitalize and hydrate the skin, or to set makeup.

But to limit their use simply to skin care is doing an injustice to these often overlooked healing tools.

Much like the essential oils themselves, hydrosols can be used in the bath, in compresses, for facial steaming and as room sprays. And like essential oils, that can be blended together to create synergies.

Hydrosols can also be added to carrier oils, along with essential oils, to heighten the essential oils’ therapeutic value. For instance, adding a little lavender hydrosol to a massage blend containing lavender essential oil will enhance the lavender, and essentially make the blend complete by utilizing both the water-soluble and oil-soluble components of the lavender.

The internal use of hydrosols is still being explored, and should be considered cautiously. But studies do show that, for example, taking controlled doses of chamomile hydrosol orally can ease intestinal spasms.

Great to use with animals for any skin condition. Can be combined with Calendula and Helichrysum hydrosols. Some have successfully used this combination for facilitating slow, effective healing of wounds.

True hydrosols should be colourless, or at most contain only a light sheen. If you pick up a bottle of neroli water and it is decidedly orange, put it back down.Also, remember that not all hydrosols have a pleasant aroma, particularly those obtained from herbs.Because hydrosols are all natural, they contain no preservatives and therefore deteriorate over time. The usual lifespan of a hydrosol is a year, and they are best stored in the refrigerator.

Go through our reference links now -

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