Hydrosols are also used as, natural deodorants as they contain anti-bacterial properties and a soft scent, although some have very little odour and smell similar to hay. The scented hydrosols are: Mint, Lavender and Rose.
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 botanicals that are available as hydrosols are Rose, Roman Chamomile, Neroli and Lavender.
Hydrosols are usually the result of essential oil production as a by-product but the highest quality hydrosols come from the devoted distillers who, with artist like precision steam the floral and plant material strictly to produce a hydrosol. (The Hydrosols offered by Solace Organic Spa are produced in this fashion) 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 would be too strong. There is approximately .02% essential oil in hydrosol.
Clinically, the chemical components in the hydrosol are primarily acids, which are hydrophilic (water-loving). Why do they work? Because they acidify the water or the product and bacteria do not live well in acidic environments. Acidic environments are astringent and so the hydrosols are useful in skin care products as astringents constrict and contract the tissues. Hydrosols can be used externally in skin care products, internally as a douche, taken as a tonic or combined in a beverage drink like your favourite tea. They also make lovely food mists as Rose water has been used in cuisine or quite some time.
Our small batch hydrosols are made with our homegrown or locally foraged fresh herbs and are distilled with steam to capture the water-soluble constitutes. Each batch is made when the plant is at it's peak growth, and we include flowers, stems and leaves. Hydrosols can be used directly on your skin or used to spray your workspace or home. This type of gentle herbal medicine is great for anyone in the family.
PLEASE NOTE: Our range of Hydrosols, Hydrolats or Floral Waters are 100% pure and free from preservatives, alcohol and emulsifiers. These are the most genuine form of hydrosols: no infusion, no blend of essential oil and water; and no condensed water. These superior quality hydrosols are 3 to 5 times more concentrated when compared to other commercial grade hydrosols available in the market.
Dozens of hydrosols are available, and all of them lend unique properties and benefits. The following hydrosol profiles focus on plants that gardeners in the United States and Canada can grow at home and process themselves using either the stovetop method or a small still.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia): Lavender hydrosols are calming and soothing, which is why many people spray them on bedding or add them to bath water to help unwind after a long day. Lavender helps soothe headaches and insomnia, and the hydrosol can be used topically to ease itchy bug bites or painful burns. In the kitchen, lavender hydrosol goes well with fruit salads and desserts, including sorbet and flan.
These descriptions barely scratch the surface of hydrosols. Home gardeners who are interested in making their own can also experiment with basil, holy basil, clary sage, peppermint, thyme, rosemary, oregano, calendula, comfrey, elderflower, and rose geranium.
Hydrosol Video and PodcastWe sat down with Liz Fulcher, owner of the Aromatic Wisdom Institute, to record a podcast about hydrosols. Liz also filmed a video about how to use a copper still for hydrosol production with her husband, James Fulcher, owner of Copperstills.
Beware: There are companies out there that make fake hydrosols. They just add a few drops of essential oils or even fragrance oil to water. This is not a hydrosol. Ours are 100% pure, created during the essential oil distillation process.
You can choose from two options. We combine all our varieties within the angustifolia (English) species or the intermedia (French) species together to create the two lavender hydrosols. They have slightly different smell profiles but will both carry the antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.
Much gentler than their essential oil counterparts and unlike most essential oils that should be diluted before using them on your skin, hydrosols can be applied directly on the skin. They are generally safe for all ages, those with sensitive skin and even pets.
Please note that our hydrosols are minimum 5x concentrated using a process similar to how orange juice concentrate is made. The excess water is evaporated and the higher EO % in the hydrosol results in a milky translucent color.This is done to help customers save on shipping and storage costs since these are low cost items.You can dilute hydrosols further using filtered/distilled water at your end and it will become clear as it is diluted. They are safe to use in 5:1 ratio, that means you can add 5 litres of distilled water, to 1 Litre Hydrosol, to achieve the normal form. Due to high concentration of our hydrosols have low pH, therefore they do not need preservatives unless diluted further. Once diluted, add natural preservative like Geogard ECT at 1% concentration to maintain shelf life of 1-2 years. Using concentrated hydrosols/ floral water may result in slight itching due to the concentration.
The most familiar hydrosols are rose water, orange blossom water, and lavender water. But these culinary and hand lotion ingredients are usually made from water and perfume oils, not by steam distillation. The difference is significant, for true hydrosols contain water-soluble components that never appear in essential oils. As a result, hydrosols are gentle, powerful, versatile, therapeutic, and unique.
In her book, Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals, Kristen Leigh Bell explains that the best suppliers identify hydrosols by species, country of origin, growing method, plant parts used, date of distillation, and other details. Most hydrosols have a shelf life of one to two years, so inquire about expiration dates. In addition, ask how the hydrosol has been stored, preferably refrigerated in sterilized dark glass bottles that receive minimal handling. Were preservatives added? Ethyl alcohol, grapefruit seed extract, and synthetic chemicals are common preservatives, but therapeutic-quality hydrosols are preservative-free. 041b061a72