So I’m still investigating hydrosols which are created during the steam distillation of essential oils. After the distillation process is finished, the remaining water contains many beneficial properties of the plant.
This water also carries its own unique scent that may be very different from the essential oil, but still reminiscent of the plant it originated from. I’m really amazed at the practical and medicinal uses for hydrosols. Unlike essential oils, you can apply hydrosols directly to your skin.
Some of the more common hydrosols and their uses:
Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy
- Helichrysum Hydrosol – Widely used in skin care products because of it’s anti-inflammatory and wound healing properties; reduces redness of rosacea, burns, eczema, psoriasis.
- Ylang Ylang Hydrosol – If you’re stressed or have trouble getting to sleep, spray this on your sheets before bed. It will help calm the nervous system.
- Geranium Hydrosol – This makes a great toner for people with acne. It’s both antibacterial and antifungal. Some hydrosols don’t smell like the plant, but this one does.
- Calendula Hydrosol – Great for many issues including rashes, sunburns, cuts and wounds. Add to bath water to help with aches and pains. Also, good as a toner and can be sprayed directly on the face.
Hydrating Perfumed Body Spray Recipe
This recipe is a lovely scented, skin softening body spray.
- 1/2 oz glycerine
- 10 drops of vitamin E
- 3 oz. hydrosol of your choice
- 1/2 teaspoon of essential or fragrance oil
Combine all in a 4 oz plastic spray bottle. Shake well, spray over skin to retain moisture and add fragrance.