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Hydrosols or Aromatic Waters
About Aromatic Hydrosols
Genuine aromatic hydrosols, also known as aromatic waters, are an important form of herbal preparation that have been in popular use in
Western herbal medicine for over 600 years, ever since the art of distillation began in the West. Hydrosols are simply the natural by-product of essential oil distillation by hot steam. They are the distillation water itself that at high temperature has absorbed small quantities of the essential oil being distilled, usually well below 1% in quantity.
Hydrosols are therefore not reconstituted from water and essential oil, as these two are not soluble and would make misting or other usage problematic unless a chemical dispersant was added. Many so-called hydrosols available today are in fact reconstituted in this way.
All Snow Lotus hydrosols or aromatic waters are produced, just like the essential oils themselves, from organically cultivated or ethically wild harvested plant sources. They are fully and therapeutically potent, as well as wonderfully fragrant.
General Properties and Functions
Hydrosols are easy to use in the mister bottles. Misted freely in the environment, they will fragrance, humidify, refresh, revitalize, clear negativity and deodorize. Hydrosols are ideal for dry climates in general, will refresh in hot weather and are wonderful to freshen the face anytime as well.
Because they are so hydrating, hydrosols are ideal for dry skin, regardless of cause, e.g. from stress, long driving, swimming, air-conditioning, flying, and so on. They can also be very helpful for treating actual skin conditions, whether sprayed or applied in a compress with a hankie.
Hydrosols in fact have a special place in facial and skin care: they are truly hydrating and toning to various skin types. Certain hydrosols are more stimulating and rejuvenating to the skin, while others are more calming and soothing. Likewise, some are 'wetter' and have a deeper hydrating action, while others are more drying and firming. To find the best hydrosol for your skin type, please refer to each hydrosol description for full details, as well as the flow-chart at the end of each Facial Serum that connects the hydrosols with each skin type.
In cooking, hydrosols can be used as a gentle flavoring agent where essential oils would be too strong or overpowering. Rose hydrosol, i.e. rosewater, for instance, has been used in cooking for flavoring baked goods for thousands of
years, especially in pastries, cookies or biscuits, and such like.
Hydrosols such as Rose, i.e. Rosewater, work well in giving unique flavors to drinks of various types, including smoothies, shakes, punches, juleps, cordials and the like.