Hydrosols and floral waters. The names are sometimes used interchangeably. But, are they the same? Let’s take a look!
What is a hydrosol?
Hydrosols are the fragrant waters collected after plant materials are steam distilled. The hot steam rises through the botanicals, causing essential oils and active plant chemicals to be released into the steam. When the steam cools, it turns back into liquid containing the therapeutic compounds that were released as well as small quantities of essential oils that can be separated out. What is interesting, is that many hydrosols may not share the same scent as their essential oil counterpart. Pointing out the different plant properties (and therapeutic benefits) the hydrosol offers.
What is a floral water?
Most aromatic sprays and toners on the market use “floral waters” rather than hydrosols. These are created by mixing water with either essential oils or synthetic fragrance. So, although they may smell amazing, they do not contain the hydrophilic plant components and all the benefits which they bring.
Just as each essential oil has its unique chemical compound, so does every hydrosol. Further, since they are already diluted, they are safe during pregnancy as well as safe for children, pets, and elderly. You can pretty much safely spray on your skin and hair all day long. Honestly, I can't think of a reason why not to! Below are a few of my favorites along with their skin healing properties.
Rose – Hydrates skin while calming any type of inflammation.
Helichrysum – Probably the most powerful hydrosol when it comes to calming inflammation. Also can help to speed recovery from bruising or injury.
Chamomile – Soothing to acne, psoriasis, acne, eczema, rashes or other inflammatory conditions.
Rosemary - Contains antibacterial properties to control acne, eczema, psoriasis and rosacea.
Witch Hazel – Gentle astringent that helps to prevent acne and balance oily skin.
Lavender – Helps to control excess oil while calming inflammation.
Orange Blossom – Astringent used to tighten pores while keeping skin hydrated.
Hope you find plant chemistry and its components as exciting as I do! Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or comments! Always love to hear from you all!