What is a hydrolate or floral water?

October 20, 2018

Hydrolates or floral waters

Hydrolates or floral waters are water-soluble ingredients of essential oil and are widely used in aromatherapy.

Aromatic plants accumulate fragrances in their glands and pollen tubes that people try to immerse into precious essential oils. This is done by steam distillation, where drops of steam are tied to plant fragrances; they evaporate on the way through the distiller and collect in a collecting vessel. Aromatic substances in plants consist of water-soluble and insoluble parts. Insoluble parts flow on water and are used as essential oils. But, soluble parts cannot be excreted from water and represent hydrolates or floral water.

Hydrolates are an important remedy material, which has an extremely wide range of uses. They are used in cosmetic preparations, skin care preparations, and in cases when essential oils are too aggressive.

Use of hydrolates:

cooling spray - Apply the hydrolate to the body using the sprayer, as it refreshes and cools the skin. This kind of use is especially suitable for travel and in air-conditioned rooms. For hot days, rosewater and peppermint hydrolates are most suitable, and rose, geranium and lavender for heatwaves in the menopause. You can mix several hydrolates to one another.

  • skin preparations - Hydrolates are effective tonics, used for successful treating of acne, wounds, and inflammation. They can also be used in children.
  • after shave - Prevents skin inflammation and hair ingrowth. This is done best by sandalwood, tea tree, and chamomile hydrolates.
  • cold diseases - Tea and lemon act as an immunostimulant, help with breathing problems, and clean air. They can also be used in a sprayer. They are suitable for use in an office, hospital.
  • gastric disorder - Pour one teaspoon of peppermint hydrolate into a cup of Earl Grey tea, along with honey.
  • oral water (problems with gums, sore throat, bad breath).
  • tired eyes - Eliminate tiredness by pouring some cooled hydrolate on a cotton cloth. Place it over your eyes for 10 minutes. Use chamomile hydrolate to calm your tired eyes.

More detailed information about individual hydrolates will be presented to you in the future.

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