I love hydrosols for their versatility and ease of use. You can put them in everything from beauty products to room and linen sprays!
Because they are water based, you don’t need to worry about adding emulsifiers to keep oil and water from separating. And because they are so much less concentrated than essential oils, they are safer to use. This makes them a perfect alternative for people who are just beginning to try DIY aromatherapy recipes.
What are hydrosols? Hydrosols are often referred to as herbal distillates, floral water, herbal water or medicinal water. In chemistry, the definition of a hydrosol is simply water solution. (from Latin: “hydro” for water and “sol” for solution.”
They are produced from the concentrated steam that is released during distillation of plant matter such as leaves, flowers, buds, resin, bark, and twigs to. This process produces essential oils and hydrosols. Once the steam is condensed and captured, the essential oil will float to the top. Water soluble hydrosol remains as the water.
Because they are distilled together, hydrosols contain the same chemical properties as essential oils but at a much lower concentration.
Versatility plus. Easily add hydrosols to bath water, lotions, hair rinses, and room, linen and body sprays. They also make an excellent addition to facial toners and clay masks and can be added to the laundry for additional cleaning and a pleasant aroma. They even can be used as a tea substitute!
Because hydrosols are organic, plant-based products with no added preservatives, proper storage is vital for shelf life. Refrigerate after opening.
Author Amy Jump-Long, founder, Re-Nurture
Check out Re-Nurture’s hydrosols here.
To learn more about research, testing, and distillation of hydrosols, visit https://circlehinstitute.com