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Hydrosols, Hydrolats, and Floral Waters


A safe and gentle (and less expensive) alternative to the use of rare essential oils are hydrosols (also called hydrolats or floral waters), a by-product of the steam distillation process that produces the essential oils we use. They make lovely gifts, for yourself, or someone special.

Our hydrosols are packaged in 1 oz and 4 oz cobalt blue bottles, with atomizer spray tops. For larger sizes, email us! Please note: we often receive requests for samples of our hydrosols. Because of their fragility and ease of contamination we do not want to risk packaging them in the tiny sample vials. Hence we have started offering one ounce sizes for sale.

Please remember to store your precious hydrosols under refrigeration. True, natural hydrosol contain no preservatives so should be treated as perishable. We store them under refrigeration, and do our best to maintain sterility while rebottling, however if you plan on using any of these healing waters internally, we suggest you pasteurize them before use. Filtering through a fine filter (a coffee filter works beautifully) and slowly heating just to a very slow boil should insure sterility without damaging the healing elements.

I would like to publicly thank Jan Salko,  Suzanne Catty and Dennis Archer for allowing me to share information that they have provided.

How Hydrosols Are Made

During the distillation process that yields the essential oils, the steam containing the oils is chilled, thus turning into water, with a layer of essential oils floating on top. The essential oils are skimmed off and bottled for our use. In some cases the remaining water is just discarded. However, this water contains both minute molecules of the essential oil, as well as all the water soluble elements of the plant that are not present in the oil.

The “misters” or “spritzers” or “floral waters” that you find in the store have their uses. They often are made of distilled or pure spring water with a few drops of the appropriate essential oil added. I make and use them myself, for room scenting, for disinfecting, etc. But they aren’t to be confused with a true hydrosol, which can contain many other therapeutic benefits. “Floral water” especially, may be any one of many things. It could be a true distillate — a hydrosol or hydrolat. But most often what are sold as “floral waters” are water with some sort of fragrance solublized in it. Now it could contain true essential oil or absolute, most often it contains a synthetic fragrance. Even if made from a blend of essential oil and water, it will lack the specific healing qualities of the hydrosol since different plant chemicals come through in the water portion of the distillate than are found in the essential oil. For example, linalyl acetate, which makes good lavender essential oil is lacking in the hydrosol. For this reason, the differing water soluble phytochemicals, the hydrosol may or may not smell like the essential oil which emerged from the still at the same time.

Hydrosols have many uses. They can compliment the essential oils, as well as extend the scope of the oils themselves. They also allow us to experience some of the benefits of, for example, true bulgarian rose oil, at a much more affordable price. I use them to “back up” the essential oils that I use.

Sample Uses

We use Helichrysum Hydrosol to sooth the redness of rosacea or other skin inflammations. A spritz of Yarrow Hydrosol sooths and heals hot spots on my tiny pomeranian. (Max is far too small for me to use essential oils on his skin.)

Neroli Hydrosol was what my daughter-in-law Hope carried on the plane to ease her “fear of flying” and to keep the dry airplane air breathable. Rose Hydrosol is both a facial toner and a wonderful linen spray.

Lavender Hydrosol or Chamomile Hydrosol can soothe a sunburn or also function as a relaxing “monster spray” to banish night-time monsters.

Chilled Peppermint Hydrosol is the ultimate summer cooler, either spritzed on, or a bit added to a bottle of spring water.

Rose Geranium Hydrosol is said to calm “power surges”. Jeanne Rose suggests blending it with one of the mints. Melissa Hydrosol is a wonderful “blotter” for oily skin.

Spike Lavender or Tea Tree Hydrosols both make gentle antibacterial toners for skin with acne.

This is just a sample of the uses we have for our wide range of hydrosols. Read more about specific hydrosols on their product pages.

 

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