Plant Therapy Hydrosols
What is a Hydrosol?
Very simply, a hydrosol is the water that is distilled with an essential oil. When the steam from the distilled water passes through the plant material, it takes with it the volatile oils from the plant. The two travel through the tube at the top of the steam vessel (typically copper) and down through the condensing tube. Once the water and oil have separated, the essential oil is siphoned off the top and what you have left is the hydrosol.
A hydrosol, is a chemistry term meaning “water solution.” Hydrosols are also known by a variety of other names:
hydrolats, hydrolates, floral waters or plant waters
Hydrosols are NOT simply distilled water with essential oils added to them. In this case, the two do not mix. Some of the water-soluble plant oils will combine with the water and impart therapeutic properties. This creates a much gentler, more diluted product which is generally safer to use than an essential oil.
How can I use a Hydrosol?
We use hydrosols in a variety of ways. They are essentially safe for anyone to use. They can be used undiluted on skin, children, and most pets. You can consume them, use them in DIY products (like lotions), or spray on your skin as a toner.
Hydrosols need to be stored properly. Preferably in a cool, dark environment (like a refrigerator) and checked often for any cloudiness or mold. Since hydrosols contain no preservatives, they have relatively short shelf lives of between 6 months to 2 years, depending on the hydrosol.
Hydrosols are also amazingly gentle, safe, and easy-to-use products that can be used in tons of ways.
Rose, Helichrysum Organic Hydrosols make wonderful facial toners. They are safe and gentle enough to use directly on the face. Helichrysum and Rose help balance the skin by reducing facial redness or dryness.
Lavender Hydrosol is great to help promote sleep and relaxation for even the fussiest babies. You can spritz the Lavender Hydrosol directly on the baby, or you can spritz the baby’s bed right before bedtime.
Plant Therapy’s Chamomile Hydrosol is excellent at providing some gentle, soothing comfort that typically accompanies teething.
For more great information on how to use your essential oils with babies and toddlers (including hydrosols), check out these two great blog posts: