- Fashion and Beauty
Beauty Solutions With Hydrosols at Home
Unleash Your Senses ~
“The fragrance of white tea is the feeling of existing in the mists that float over waters; the scent of peony is the scent of the absence of negativity: a lack of confusion, doubt, and darkness; to smell a rose is to teach your soul to skip; a nut and a wood together is a walk over fallen Autumn leaves; the touch of jasmine is a night's dream under the nomad's moon.”
What are Hydrosols?
Hydrosols are commonly known as flower water, floral waters, hydroflorates or distillates.
They are the “fragrant waters” steam distilled from plants and flowers, similar to essential oils but far less concentrated and potent.
While they are lighter, hydrosols will still have therapeutic benefits as their accompanying essential oil.
The light, mild scent is due to them only containing water soluble plant matter with small amounts of essential oil which gives it its scent.
Think Rosewater as opposed to Rose essential oil or Lavender water instead of Lavender essential oil two very well known and widely used ones as opposed to their stronger sister oils and you will get the picture.
Add Fragrance to Body Cream
Art and Science Unite ~
Quality pure floral waters are not by-products of essential oil production but rather are the result of dedicated distillers who steam small batches of plant matter that is purely for gorgeous floral waters.
Knowing when the plants oils are at their peak and ready for harvest takes dedication. They are unique products that are an art form combing science and the skill of the distiller. It is not uncommon to find generations of master distillers who have grown up watching their parent or grandparent.
By closing their eyes and breathing in the aromatic steam they know when it is ready and at its best. Time, temperature and true artistry produce the perfect blend of essential oil and hydrosol.
Many of us would be familiar with rosewater and witch hazel, two commonly used hydrosols in skin care, hygiene and personal care items. Rosewater is often used in culinary dishes to add a hint of flavor to baked good or as a food mister. There are in fact tons of different hydrosols available with many different uses.
Use Flower Water in Tea
- Easy Homemade Face Toners and Tonics
Face toners or tonics go hand in hand with cleansers and moisturizers history dictates to us. Here are 4 easily made recipes for creating your own homemade, inexpensive and beneficial face toners.
Uses of Hydrosols ~
On your dressing table, in the kitchen cupboard, medicine cabinet, office or in your purse or handbag, here is the tip of the iceberg in uses of these beauties:
- Great addition to a facial steam to clear the pores.
- Spray to cool a hot flush or clammy skin.
- Aftershave toner.
- Skin toner or tonic after cleansing the face.
- Add to homemade skin products calling for water.
- Facial mist to hydrate skin.
- After a session at the gym, riding a motorbike long distance or too long in the sun, a spray of lavender water or peppermint will help cool you down quick.
- Spray in rooms to disinfect, clear bad odors.
- Spray in hair as a quick pick me up.
- Wipe down landline phone handle.
- Quick body spray when no time for a shower.
- In the car a spray will revitalize if feeling tired.
- No air conditioning in the car as you drive through hot desert? Spray away your hydrosol.
- Use as a hand sanitizer when on the move during the day.
- Got a cut but no band aid when out? Give a spritz to clean and disinfect the wound.
- Run out of baby wipes while changing? Use a hydrosol and wipe clean.
- Need help sleeping; spray your pillow to help induce sleep.
- Quick freshen on guest towels in bedroom.
- Just bought a fresh apple in the market but need to wash it first. Give a spray and wipe with hydrosol, you are sorted!
- Make herbal teas such as mint tea with peppermint hydrosol.
- Make some funky ice cubes to add subtle flavor in an interesting way.
Selection of Hydrosols (flower waters)
Tulsi (Holy Basil)
How to Make Rosewater
Here are 4 Favorites ~
Lemon Verbena – distilled from the leaf, it is stimulating, revitalizing for all skin types a perfect pick me up when tired. Great for using as a skin toner and in creams, it may be used in food and cosmetic preparations.
Lavender – distilled from the flower, it is one of the most calming, balancing waters. Excellent for combination or oily skins its anti-inflammatory and cooling properties make it suitable to treat sunburn, minor burns, cuts and sores. This is widely used for culinary and cosmetic use.
Cucumber – steam distilled from the whole fruit, it is a superb hydrosol for soothing, healing and treating inflamed skin. Well known as a cooling fruit on the skin, the hydrosol is a perfect addition to creams, eye preparations or body lotions. Use it alone as a skin toner for sensitive or dry skin and it may also be used in food preparation.
Rose – Who does not love the scent of a rose? Distilled from the delicate petals, rose hydrosol is fantastic to use in so many ways including alone as a skin toner (the famous rosewater) in body sprays, face moisturizers, perfume, deodorant and room freshener. It possess aphrodisiac qualities dating back thousands of years so when romance is on the agenda, remember to use in cooking too.
Sweet Scent of a Rose
Food for Thought . . . .
Hydrosols are such an interesting way of utilizing the beauty in nature that is inexpensive. By combining simple distilled water (tap water often contains bacteria or chemicals) and some fruits, petals or plant material, you can suddenly have a lightly scented floral water with a small amount of potent essential oil.
When you compare prices of essential oils and hydrosols there is often a big difference. If you want a collection of essential oils why not pick some organic hydrosols instead to make your budget stretch even further? Certain essential oils are very costly. For example, with the online supplier mountain rose herbs 3 oz Organic Rose Hydrosol is $4.50. For their 1/8 oz Organic Rose Essential Oil (Bulgarian) it costs. . $132.00!!!! Need I say more?
"Creating health awareness through homemade beauty solutions"
Lavender Ideas ~
- Homemade Rose and Lavender Body Lotion
Nourishing coconut oil, jojoba , vitamin E and beeswax combine beautifully with fresh floral scents of rose geranium and lavender to make silky smooth body lotion, a luxurious homemade indulgence.
- How to Make Lavender and Patchouli Body Wash
making your own body wash is easy and quick which you can custom blend with you own favorite scents. Here is an inspired recipe with gorgeous lavender and patchouli oil packed with skin care benefits.
- Homemade Lemon and Lavender Cuticle Cream
Dry flaky nail cuticles will be a thing of the past with this nourishing cuticle cream. Homemade with Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter Beeswax, Coconut Oil, Vitamin E Oil , Lemon and Lavender. Pure Luscious!
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