We have decided to change the packaging of our hydrosols to make them more user-friendly. I personally use hydrosols in all my personal care products. My absolute favourite is the lavender because of its soothing properties, but take a read for yourself….
Hydrosols, also known as floral waters, hydroflorates, flower waters or distillates are products from steam distilling plant materials. Hydrosols are like essential oils but in far less of a concentration. When a distiller brews plant material with water in a large cooker the steam fills the pot and, as it rises, it causes the glands of the plants to burst and release the oils and essence of the plant into the steam. The oil rises through a condenser and collects in a separate vessel. This is what we know as essential oil, but what about all that fragrant water that was steamed with the original plant material? That is our hydrosol, or floral water.
Hydrosols are usually the result of essential oil production as a by-product but the highest quality hydrosols come from the devoted distillers who, with artist like precision steam the floral and plant material strictly to produce a hydrosol. (Just try our Rose water and you’ll know what I mean).
Floral / Herbal sprays
Chamomile hydrosol (The water recovered from the distillation process of Anthemis nobilis).
The soothing, calming and relaxing properties of Chamomile are easy to experience in this floral water.
Perfect for use as a skin toner and cleanser – just add to a cotton pad and gently wipe on your face. It’s a good makeup remover too.
Roman Chamomile Hydrosol is extraordinarily valuable … soothing and relaxing. I know of nothing better to sooth dry, flaky, itchy skin, rashes, acne, eczema, etc. Skin problems including the mucus membranes, including mouth, gums, respiratory tract and anal and genital areas may safely be treated with this gentle and relaxing anti-inflammatory. Roman Chamomile water has been especially recommended for skin care for delicate complexions with allergic tendencies. A mild astringent, it is an excellent skin toner, but probably should not be used over the long term by very dry skin. Its astringency would benefit oily or inflamed skin.
Roman Chamomile is also known for its calming, almost sedative qualities. A spritz of Roman Chamomile Hydrosol in the air can calm those jangled nerves or calm those ‘terrible two’s’.
Rose hydrosol (The water recovered from the distillation process of Rosa damascena essential oil).
I love the rose water as a general spritz when I am feeling in need of calming. Rosewater has been used through the milleniums for religious ceremonies, as a courtesy to guests, for physical, emotional, and spiritual healing.
Rose Hydrosol is wonderful in homemade skin care products. It can be used by itself as a toner, used to moisten a mask, or used in place of water in lotions or cosmetics recipes. Rosewater stimulates the skin, heightening the blood flow. Experts disagree about using it on extraordinarily sensitive skin. Rosewater controls and balances sebum production, making it useful for both dry and oily skin. It can balance and restore the skin’s PH and helps tighten pores. Its antibacterial properties help fight acne giving troubled skin a gentle, rather than a harsh treatment. It is reputed to be useful in the treatment of all sorts of dermatitis.
Rose Hydrosol is a wonderful woman’s tool for healing. It may be used externally, as a facial or body spray, or in a compress.
Alcohol Free Witch Hazel Distillates are clear, colorless botanical extracts prepared from the recently cut and dried dormant twigs of the Hamamelis virginiana Linne plant.
Contains .15 Benzoic Acid
There are a number of benefits for skin and personal care uses in both cosmetic and pharmaceutical products.
Alcohol Free Distillates are advantageous for applications the require soothing natural astringent properties of Witch Hazel but where the use of alcohol is not appropriate.
Some of the benefits for Skin care are:
Removes excess oil
Controls oil production
Cleanses and conditions skin
Tones and tightens
Linen sprays (But can also be used as body sprays)
We have added a few drop of the essential oil to each other these waters to increase the fragrance.
Lavender Hydrosol (The water recovered from the distillation process of Lavendula angustifolia). Also an excellent body spray, especially is sunburnt or wind burnt.
• Regenerative effects on damaged or fragile skin.
• Reduces all types of skin irritation and inflammation
• Great for acne
• Combine with witch hazel for a before and after sunscreen spray
• Cooling to anger
• Emotionally balancing
• Lavender has always been recommended for fragile or damaged skin. The hydrosol makes a wonderful ingredient for face masks for all skin types, a gentle toner or cleanser; and a great mister to ease sunburn or windburn.
• Emotionally, Lavender Water is relaxing and revitalizing. It can ease stress and reduce mental fatigue. Lavender is an “adaptor,” adapting itself to your body and your psyche’s needs, soothing or revitalizing as needed. Jeanne Rose recommends it as a remedy to jet lag.
• Use it as a linen spray, just a tiny spritz on the pillow on a sleepless night. (Also good for babies linen to help calm a fretting baby.
It can be used as a fragrant linen spray to freshen your sheets and pillowcases.
It can also be used as a body spray to lift the mood.