What is Hydrosol?
Hydrosol is the aromatic water that remains after distillation of oils from plants and trees. Towards the end of the distillation process, vapour collects in a condenser. As this cools it separates into water and essential oil. The water is called Hydrosol. Unlike floral waters, where essential oil is added to distilled water, Hydrosol has a slightly different aroma to the essential oil. While hydrosols are perfect for electric diffusers and air sprays, the benefit is in the plant matter.
Hydrosols make wonderful additions to any cleaning or beauty routine. They have similar therapeutic properties to their essential oil counterpart, but are much less concentrated.
How to Use:
- Substituted for water in skin care formulas.
- Linen and aromatherapy sprays.
Because they contain no oil, hydrosols are less likely to leave stains.
- Electric diffusers.
- Facial mists.
- Homemade body care.
- Skin toner.
- Add to a clay or powder for a mask.
- Multi-purpose cleaners
Hydrosols are safe for pets and children. You can use hydrosols to clean any area of your home.
- For children
One big difference between essential oils and hydrosols is that hydrosols are safe to use around babies and young children. There are some essential oils that can be used around children, but with caution and in low dilutions. Hydrosols can be used for sleepy-time sprays, in baths, and even in homemade baby wipes.
- For pets
Hydrosols are generally safe to use around animals. Use them to deodorize, repel fleas, for skin issues, and to calm.
- Air Freshener
- For bath
A tablespoon or so of hydrosols can make a relaxing aromatic bath. Since hydrosols are water soluble, they are the perfect addition to any bath.
Hydrosols are perfect replacements for water in hot or cool compresses.