Hydrosols are the first part of the distillate waters from the steam distillation of plants as stated by Ann Harmon. Also known as hydrolates or floral waters, hydrosols have a wide variety of applications. Read on to discover some of the remarkable ways that I have used hydrosols this winter!
1. Helichrysum hydrosol is wonderful for:
- The treatment of cuts, wounds, bruising, and pain
- Skin care applications: this hydrosol helps to heal most skin conditions
- The treatment of incisions after any kind of surgery
- Daily use as a mouthwash
- The treatment of animals with skin conditions
Helichrysum Tip: Spray Helichrysum hydrosol on sun spots or “liver spots” to greatly fade the darkened areas. When used as a toner on the face and body, it can help control skin irritations and skin infections. Great for healing the skin!
2. Peppermint and Spearmint are hydrosols that I can’t live without! I like to spray them on my face and neck but my favorite use is to put 1-2 teaspoons of peppermint or spearmint hydrosol in my water bottle for sipping throughout the day. The resulting mint-flavored water is incredibly refreshing, excellent for digestion, mentally stimulating, and a rejuvenating “wake-up” beverage!
- Peppermint is most famous for its digestive, anti-inflammatory, and mind-stimulating properties
- Individuals suffering from Crohn’s disease, colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome have reported success with this hydrosol
3. Bay Laurel hydrosol is remarkable as a cleansing and toning agent for the lymphatic system. Its taste is warm, spicy, and delicious. When experiencing pain associated with a congested lymphatic system and lymph node swelling, I undertake this three-week Internal Protocol that has been recommended by Suzanne Catty in her book Hydrosols: The next Aromatherapy.
• Take 2 Tablespoons of Bay Laurel hydrosol and add to a water bottle, sipping throughout the day. Do this for 3 weeks and then stop for 7 days. If, at the end of 7 days the swelling and pain are gone, there is no need to do another 3 weeks. However, if there is still a problem, continue for 21 more days. Caution: Bay Laurel should not be ingested if there is a cancer diagnosis.
When using Bay Laurel for Lymph node swelling I have noticed relief within 2 days!
4. Rose Centifolia and Rose Damascena are hydrosols that I put on every day. I love their sweet aromas and healing skin properties. Rose hydrosol has been known for many generations to be a wonderful toner for the skin. It is an excellent moisturizer for dry/mature skin. Read below for more great properties of rose hydrosols:
- They promote emotional balance and a sense of well-being.
- They can be used on their own as perfumes, or in combination with essential oils.
- Moist, cool floral scent and taste.
- Hormone balancer
- Have postmenopausal applications
- They balance the endocrine system
- Support combating PMS, cramps, and moodiness
- Uplifting & relaxing
- Can be used in a sitz bath for postpartum healing.
- Mildly antiseptic
- They support clear-headed decision making
Other ways I use hydrosols:
- When making face and body creams, I substitute the water portion with hydrosols.
- Room and sheet sprays
- Cleaning countertops
More ideas in Part 2! Be sure and share the difference ways you use hydrosols!
References: Catty, Suzanne. Hydrosols, The Next Aromatherapy. Vermont: Healing Arts Press. 2001.