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Hydrosols can be used in an endless
number of ways. Most hydrosols are virtually clear and water soluble.
Misting and spraying hydrosols is the most popular way of using
them. When purchasing hydrosols in 1 oz. - 8 oz. sizes, they often
(but not always) are sold in bottles with sprayer tops. You can
also purchase larger bulk sizes of hydrosols and separately purchase
bottles of varying sizes with sprayer tops. Look to the Bottles
and Packaging section of AromaWeb's Global Aromatherapy Business
Directory for bottle suppliers.
Use the list shown below as inspiration
for discovering your own favorite uses for hydrosols. Although hydrosols
are generally considered safer to use than their significantly more
concentrated essential oil counterparts, do pay attention to the
Hydrosol Safety Guidelines
page plus any individual hydrosol precautions.
Hydrosols can be blended to achieve
greater synergism between the individual hydrosols. Experiment and
create unique aromatic combinations.
- Facial Spray: Close your eyes and lightly mist
- Body Spray: Lightly mist your body to feel cooled and
refreshed. Depending on the aromatic intensity of the hydrosol
used, your body will be left lightly fragranced.
- Gentle Hair Fragrancing Spray: Mist your hair to leave
it hydrated and lightly fragranced.
- Deodorant Spray: Mist under arms and as needed elsewhere
(avoid directly spraying genitals) to help prevent body odor.
Hydrosols with antibacterial properties can be especially helpful
in minimizing body odor.
- Foot Spray: Mist the tops and bottoms of feet to help
control foot odor and to refresh your feet. Hydrosols with antibacterial
properties can be especially helpful in minimizing foot odor.
- Anti-Itch Spray: Peppermint
Hydrosol and Witch Hazel
Hydrosol can help to ease itching caused by dry skin, dandruff
and insect bites.
- Air Freshening Spray: Use hydrosols to freshen a room
and to benefit from the emotional and therapeutic properties that
are inherent with the chosen hydrosol(s). Simply spray the hydrosol
within your space as you would most any room mist. Do be careful
to avoid furniture, other people, pets, open beverages and foods.
Hydrosols can be used in place of water within AromaWeb's Air
- Linen Spray: Use hydrosols to freshen and fragrance sheets,
towels and other linens. Hydrosols can be used in place of water
within AromaWeb's Bed Linen Recipe.
- Aphrodisiac Room Mist: Look to AromaWeb's Aromatherapy
Aphrodisiacs article for a clear definition of an aromatic
aphrodisiac. The article explains how aphrodisiacs can help enhance
sexual desire. One or more of the hydrosols shown below may act
as an aphrodisiac for you, depending on your situation: Roman
Balm (Melissa), Nutmeg,
- Car Freshening Spray: Mist the interior of your car,
avoiding polished, painted and fragile surfaces.
- Garment Freshening Spray: Lightly spray clothes (avoid
sensitive and delicate fabrics) to impart a gentle aroma and to
help eliminate unpleasant musty, smoky or other odors.
- Calming Spray: Mist your room, body and face using hydrosols
that are reported to help reduce stress and anxiety. Angelica
Root, German Chamomile,
Roman Chamomile, Elderberry,
Labrador Tea, Lavender,
and Vetiver hydrosols can help
induce a sense of calm.
- Meditation/Prayer Spray: Hydrosols can be used to help
enhance meditation and prayer. Angelica
Root, Frankincense Hydrosol,
Helichrysum Hydrosol Holy
Basil (Tusli) and White
Sage Hydrosol are those that immediately come to mind as being
the most widely used hydrosols for spiritual applications.
- Purification Spray: Hydrosols like Sweetgrass
Hydrosol and White Sage
Hydrosol can be used to help purify and cleanse a room or
- Chakra Sprays: Hydrosols can be incorporated into work
on the seven primary Chakras.
Although AromaWeb's 9-page Aromatherapy
for Chakras section does not contain specific information
on hydrosol use, the Chakra information is detailed and can help
you adapt hydrosols for use within your chakra work. (i.e. it's
pretty straightforward that since Angelica
are listed as essential oils that are helpful in balancing the
their hydrosol counterparts can also be used).
- Wound Sprays: Angelica
Root, Cistus (Rock
Rose), Geranium, Helichrysum,
Tree and Witch Hazel
hydrosols can be used to help kill germs and promote the healing
of minor wounds, cuts and abrasions.
- Monster Repellent: Calming hydrosols can be used to help
calm and soothe babies and children. AromaWeb's Monster
Repellent Recipe is simply Neroli
Other Common Hydrosol Applications:
- Facial Toner: Cistus
(Rock Rose), Clary Sage,
and Witch Hazel Hydrosols
make wonderful toners. Other hydrosols that are heralded for their
skin care use include Cucumber,
Lemon Balm (Melissa), and
Patchouli. Lemon Balm and
Grapefruit Hydrosols are quite helpful for oily skin.
- Men's Aftershave: Hydrosols can be adapted for use as
a men's aftershave.
- Styptic (helps stop bleeding of minor cuts and wound):
Cistus (Rock Rose) Hydrosol
and Geranium Hydrosol are
reported to help stop minor bleeding.
- Anti-Inflammatory: German
Chamomile, Roman Chamomile,
and Helichrysum are amongst
the hydrosols that are the most potent anti-inflammatories. Other
hydrosols with varying level of anti-inflammatory action include
Clary Sage, Geranium,
Holy Basil (Tulsi),
Balm (Melissa), Peppermint,
Witch Hazel and Yarrow.
- Compresses: Hydrosols can be chilled or warmed and used
in place of water for compresses.
- Aromatic Substitute for Water in Personal Care Recipes:
Enhance your lotion, cream, room mist and other recipes that call
for water. Substitute skin-safe hydrosols for the water called
for in your recipes.
- Baby Wipe Moistening Solution: Handmade, natural baby
wipes can be made using anti-inflammatory and calming hydrosols
like Neroli Hydrosol, German
Chamomile Hydrosol or Lavender
- Finger Bowl: Hydrosol can be used in place of water within
Culinary and Internal Uses
Hydrosols are also used for their
wonderful and diverse flavors for culinary and beverage flavoring
purposes. Additionally, hydrosols have a wonderful reputation for
their therapeutic benefit when used internally.
Such usage, however, requires more
care and precautionary awareness than topical or room fragrancing
hydrosol usage. Hydrosols are water-based and are more prone to
contamination than essential oils. When improperly stored or handled,
hydrosols can become contaminated and potentially unsafe to consume.
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AromaWeb does not discuss or provide suggestions regarding the internal
use of essential oils or hydrosols.
The books shown below discuss the
internal and culinary uses of hydrosols.
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Disclaimer: The hydrosol information and safety precautions provided within this area are intended for educational purposes only. The data is not considered complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate.
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