What are Hydrosols?
Hydrosols are usually produced through steam distillation of plant matter in a bid to dissolve essential oilsand water soluble constituents. Hydrosols are concentrated solutions of water soluble constituents obtained from plant matter through distillation. These water soluble constituents provide the impressive healing and soothing properties of hydrosols when used in different applications.
It is important to note that hydrosols can be produced from flowers, leaves and other parts of plants.
Hydrosols usually have a different smell as compared to essential oils. In most cases, people usually mix good smelling essential oils and lotions with therapeutic hydrosols to give them an appealing smell.
How are Hydrosols made?
Hydrosols are usually made through a simple distillation process. Plant matter is usually placed in a tall pot; steam from pure water is then allowed to enter the pot from below dissolving water and oil soluble constituents of the plant matter. The steam with dissolved plant matter constituents makes its way through a pipe to a condensation chamber. In most cases, distillers use a Florentine flask to collect the products of the distillation process.
The flask separates the hydrosols from essential oils. Some essential oils however remain dissolved in the hydrosols.
The Difference between Hydrosols and Essential Oils
Although essential oils and hydrosols are produced from the same plant matter through distillation, they have different chemical properties and applications. It is also important to note that while essential oils may by unsafe for some applications; hydrosols are generally considered to be safe for use.
It is however worthwhile to familiarize yourself with any safety issues surrounding the use of specific hydrosols before use. You can also familiarize yourself with any specific hydrosols that have safety issues.
How to Use Hydrosols
As stated above, hydrosols and essential oils have different applications as per their properties. Hydrosols are usually recommended for use in applications where the use of essential oils is discouraged. Some common applications include; soothing sensitive skin, use on pets and addressing topical skin problems among other.
Hydrosols usually have a given shelf life. This is because these products usually have few or no added preservatives. Most hydrosols only last over a year. It is therefore important that users make sure that they use any products within this period. You can also consider refrigerating hydrosols to extend their shelf life as well.
Applications for Hydrosols
Hydrosols can be used for a variety of uses around the house; or consumed internally. Common uses at home include spraying linens and other fabrics, as facial toners, perfumes and even in bathing. You can also add other uses as you learn more about hydrosols.
Hydrosols can also be used internally. Their rich concentration of volatile substances offers a variety of benefits when consumed as tea or in other edible products. They can be used to treat insomnia, urinary infections, headaches and a variety of digestive issues among other.
After you start using hydrosols on a regular basis, you will be able to come up with a variety of other applications to suit you specific needs.