Sunday, December 18, 2011

Flower Waters (Hydrosols)


If you appreciate and enjoy using essential oils, you will truly adore using hydrosols (a.k.a floral waters and distillates).  I have discovered two qualities of hydrosols. One type is the by-product of the essential oil manufacturing process and the other and finest quality is created by artisans whom purposely steam petite batches of fresh flower and plant materials in copper or stainless steel stills for the sole purpose of yielding excellent and beneficial hydrosols. A number of the most excellent hydrosols are composed in my home state of Washington.  

Just like essential oils, hydrosols contain the “lifeblood” of the plant in a much gentler form than pure essential oils, which make these ready to use without needing further dilution.  I enjoy  using hydrosols as a facial toner, body cologne and even air freshener.  I store them in the fridge during Summer and spritz myself to cool down on hot days.  I also use them as an alternative to distilled water when crafting creams and lotions.  I purchase my hydrosols from Mountain Rose Herbs in sizes ranging from 4 ounces all the way up to 1 gallon containers. Here are some more facts about Hydrosols from the Mountain Rose Herbs website.  Click here to learn more information about Hydrosols.

Basil Hydrosol:  Best known for its culinary use; this zesty addition is sure to moisten your taste buds. A fabulous spray in pasta, fried meals, salads, and most other dishes. Also makes an invigorating all purpose spray for your dining area, kitchen, and refrigerator. 

Calendula Hydrosol:  Calendula is a well-known and loved herb for its therapeutic properties, and this true Calendula Hydrosol has an infinite amount of possible uses! Beneficial for skin disorders, rashes, hotspots, epidermal healing, scratches, abrasions, sunburn, scars, and an all around skin tonic. Calendula Hydrosol has anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, and astringent properties. The aroma of our Calendula hydrosol is refreshing, soothing, sweet, and mildly floral. This hydrosol is a perfect facial toner, and may be included in your skincare and herbal formulations, added to bathwater, or used within a compress for aches and sprains.

Catnip Hydrosol:  A surprisingly fresh hydrosol with a softly rounded mint note that is best known for its relaxant properties. Makes for a soothing evening spray in times of duress and if you are feeling particularly adventurous you can drive your cat wild with a few mists onto most anything that they are free to mangle.

Chamomile Hydrosol:  Best known for its ability to calm and ease the overly anxious, this Chamomile hydrosol also has a true floral scent which imparts itself heavily when used as a general spray. A great hydrosol for facial and body applications.

Cucumber Hydrosol:  A refreshing, cooling, crisp aroma that would be perfect as a summer body splash, or used within a scrumptious handmade lotion or aroma spray.Cucumbers are well known for their soothing, healing, and anti-inflammatory effects on the skin.This hydrosol is highly recommended, and is a wonderful natural alternative to the many synthetic cucumber fragrances available today. Steam distilled from whole fruit.

Lavender Hydrosol:  This is one of the more relaxing and balancing hydrosols from our collection of flower waters. It is ideal for oily and combination skin, and is an excellent coolant for minor burns, rashes, and hot sores. Mentally refreshing and marvelous on the emotions!

Lemon Balm Hydrosol:  Best known for its calming effects on mental stress and fatigue, this lovely flower water is also beneficial for herpes, cold sores, eczema, and general skin irritations. 

Lemon Verbena Hydrosol:  Revitalizing for all skin types and lightly stimulating and uplifting for those gloomy days. A great pick me up in a bottle, which also acts as a astringent and cleanser. 

Lime Hydrosol:  A crisp and refreshing hydrosol distilled from whole organic Lime fruits. Lime hydrosol stimulates skin circulation and promotes pH balancing for alkaline skin types further tightening the outer epidermis. And it has been traditionally used for problems with oily skin and minor skin blemishes. Use it as a rejuvenating facial toner, aroma spray and it will blend wonderfully in cosmetic creations. Fresh, festive and invigorating! 

Peppermint Hydrosol:  Best known for its use as a revitalizing and refreshing body spray, this Peppermint hydrosol is well rounded and is strikingly robust. Just like fresh picked Peppermint wands! Can be used liberally on the body as a general cooler, in food preparations, and it is particularly helpful for abrasions, hot spots, and as a facial toner. 

Rose Geranium Hydrosol:  A fastastic hydrosol from the common flowering Rose Geranium. A stunning application for complex and combination skin types where restoring balance is quickly needed. Very balancing flower water for the sporadic symptoms of menopausal women. Lovely in the bathtub and very erotic.

Rose Hydrosol:  It is a wonderful toner for all skin types, and makes a practical and suitable body splash, anti-anxiety spray, deodorant, room freshener, and for one of those days when we feel sensual. This is an aphrodisiac with embedded roots dating back thousands of years.

Rosemary Hydrosol:  Energizing and stimulating! Helps with those days when we need a little boost with our mental clarity. Also makes a nice toner for hair and is a vivacious spray for culinary dishes.

Tulsi (Holy Basil) Hydrosol:  Used extensively in Ayurvedic medicine, Tulsi is considered a sacred plant and is found growing in many Hindu homes.Warm, soothing and slightly spicy, this hydrosol is wonderful to spray on the face or body in times of stress.

To order Hydrosols or just to learn more about them, please visit Mountain Rose Herbs online HERE



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Disclaimer:
This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate. I am an affiliate of Mountain Rose Herbs.