A hydrosol is the aromatic water that is left after the essential oil is extracted from medicinal plants by way of water distillation. In many cases, hydrosol is not a byproduct of essential oil production because some plants are purposely distilled for the purpose of producing hydrosol. They are also referred to as hydrolats or floral waters.
Hydrosols contain a lot of the aromatic properties of therapeutic plants, but unlike essential oils, they can be applied directly on the skin without the need to dilute them further.
Hydrosols can be used as base ingredients for creating creams, facial toners, fragrances, lotions and some skin products. Many people also use it as cologne or body spray. Hydrosols can be used to add pleasant scent to fingerbowls especially on romantic occasions. They can be obtained from suppliers of essential oils and sellers of natural skin care ingredients.
Are Floral Waters the Same as Hydrosols?
You should be cautious when buying hydrosols that are labeled as “Floral Waters” for they can be simply water blended with essential oils and sold as hydrosols. When you buy hydrosol, you should always see to it that you are buying the true product that underwent the real process.
Other Common Hydrosol Applications:
1. They are used as facial toners and skin care lotions.
Some of the most common hydrosols that people use as face toners include those that are made from clary sage, neroli, rose, and witch hazel. Other plants that produce hydrosols that are used for skin care include geranium, grapefruit, lavender, lemon balm and patchouli. Lemon balm and grapefruit hydrosols are particularly effective in treating oily skin.
2. They are used as aftershave lotion for men.
Some men use hydrosols as aftershave not only for their pleasant scent but also for their ability to stop minor cuts from bleeding. The most common hydrosols that are used as aftershave include the ones made from cistus and geranium.
3. They are used to relieve inflammation.
People use certain types of hydrosols for their ability to relieve inflammation. Hydrosols that are known to posses anti-inflammatory properties include chamomile, clary sage, geranium, holy basil, lavender, peppermint, rosemary, spearmint, vetiver and witch hazel.
4. They are used for culinary and internal purposes.
Aside from their ability to provide care for the skin and to help relieve inflammation, hydrosols have culinary uses as well. They contain properties that help to add flavor to food and beverages. They are also known to provide health benefits when taken internally.
If you intend to use hydrosols for internal purposes, you need to seek the advice of health professionals to ensure your safety and maximum benefit.