There is an ever growing awareness of essential oils and their many uses, but hydrosols are still a mystery to some. There is even some confusion about what a hydrosol actually is as well as how to use hydrosols. Some people have told us that they thought a hydrosol is just a spray bottle filled with water and a few drops of essential oil. Let’s break down how they’re made and how to use them.
How Hydrosols are Made
At Stillpoint, we feel quite passionate about hydrosols as well as essential oils. Our students who take our classes where we fire up our copper alembic really understand how essential oils and hydrosols are created first hand. When a plant is distilled, the water soluble essential oil molecules are actually contained in the water that is produced. That is the hydrosol. For this reason, hydrosols have tremendous therapeutic benefits beyond just a great facial toner– although this really is one fantastic way that many hydrosols can be used.
How to Use Hydrosols
Lavender hydrosol (Lavandula angustifolia) is at the top of our list. It is one of the safest and all around beneficial hydrosols to keep on hand. It has a ph that is beneficial for all skin types. Lavender hydrosol makes a wonderful addition to those who make their own skin care products as it can be a substitute when water is used as an ingredient. It is natural and safe for use with children and for a multitude of issues, such as scrapes, bites, sunburn and any other skin irritation. In fact, any emotional irritation can easily be soothed with a spritz of Lavender hydrosol.
Rose Geranium (Pelargonium capitatum) has a lovely, uplifting aroma. It’s no wonder it is known to be anti-inflammatory to many issues where there is any redness, such as rosacea or broken capillaries on the face. It is a great humectant and can be used to help with many hormonal issues. I use this hydrosol every day (sometimes several times a day) to keep my skin moist, uplift my mood, and assist with peri-menopausal issues.
Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) hydrosol makes a great spray for clearing energy either by misting on or around your body/aura. It is great for the skin, especially in the summer heat and humidity, because it has a slight drying effect. Because of this drying effect, it can help clear up congestion and mucus.
Helichrysum italicumvis (Helichrysum italicum) known to have amazing cicatrisant (skin/wound healing) properties. It is great to use any time there is a need for healing. We have used it as a mouthwash for gingivitis (receding gums) as well as a compress where there is pain or inflammation.
Although Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) hydrosol doesn’t have a “pretty” aroma, this is really one of our all-around favorites for so many reasons. Yarrow has an affinity for the blood and veins. We have had clients use Yarrow hydrosol on spider and varicose veins with great success. It is a great anti-inflammatory and is quite cooling whenever there is heat. It is a great alternative to Peppermint hydrosol. This is another favorite of Bella Chica. She says it is very calming.