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If you’re not familiar with hydrosols, you may want to start here – What are Hydrosols – The Ultimate Guide
This ultimate guide to hydrosols covers all of these topics:
What are hydrosols?
How are hydrosols made?
Difference between hydrosols and essential oils
What are hydrosols used for?
Benefits of hydrosols
How & where to buy hydrosols
How to store hydrosols
3 Precautions when using hydrosols
Plant Therapy hydrosols
FAQs on hydrosols
This will give you a better idea of the benefits of hydrosols and the many ways you can use hydrosols for your skin, hair, bath, and home.
What Are Hydrosols Used For?
Their subtle aroma and gentle properties give hydrosols a lot of versatility. They can be used in a variety of ways.
Because hydrosols are also less likely to stain fabric, they can also safely be used to make fabric sprays to scent your linen.
Here are just 21 of the many ways you can use hydrosols
1. After-Shower Mist
Spritzing a light hydrosol body mist all over your body after a shower feels super refreshing. The scent will last longer as your open pores absorb more of the mist but it won’t be as strong as that of a perfume. This makes it perfect for use before getting into bed.
Lavender, Rose, Neroli, and Roman Chamomile hydrosol are the best options to use as an after-shower mist.
2. Mild Daytime Perfume
What’s great about these aromatic floral waters is that they can be spritzed directly onto your skin. Spritzing a little on your inner wrists and behind your ears during the daytime is refreshing without being overpowering. Leave the heavy perfumes for evenings out.
Neroli, Rose, and Lavender Hydrosols are popular choices to use as perfumes because of their soft, floral aroma.
3. Facial Toner
Tea Tree, Rose, Lavender, and Melissa are the best hydrosols for toning your skin and promoting healthy skin. They are safe and gentle to spray directly on the face. When used directly from the fridge, the cool spray helps tighten the pores.
You can also add these to the facial products you currently use to enjoy their benefits. For example, you can add hydrosols to your face mask instead of plain water.
4. Support Acne-Prone Skin
Tea Tree, Melissa, and Roman Chamomile Hydrosols are particularly good for skin that is prone to blemishes and breakouts. Spraying a little onto a cotton pad and applying it over the face makes an effective complement to your acne-reducing skincare routine.
5. Seal In Skin Moisturizer
Spray Lavender, Melissa, or Tea Tree Hydrosol mist lightly all over after applying unscented moisturizer. The hydrosol will lock in the refreshing aroma and help hydrate the skin more deeply.
6. Post-Sun Skin Hydrating Agent
Lightly misting your body with Rose, Lavender, or Roman Chamomile Hydrosol hydrates and cools your skin down instantly. They are perfect for spraying onto your skin after exposure to the sun or after minor burns.
All three hydrosols are extremely soothing. Spritz the affected area with any of the above hydrosols for instant sunburn relief and to soothe any redness.
7. Soothe Dry Itchy Skin
In winter, it’s not exposure to the sun but the arid air that causes dry, itchy skin. A quick spritz of Tea Tree, Lavender, or Peppermint Hydrosol cools and hydrates the skin, proving quick soothing relief. Spray onto the skin several times a day. Hydrosols are non-sticky and they smell good too.
8. TLC For Your Hair
Spraying a hydrosol mist lightly on damp hair is a quick and simple way to show your hair some TLC. Rose, Neroli, and Lavender are the best hydrosols to nourish and strengthen dry, damaged hair. In addition to adding a light, subtle fragrance, the components in these two hydrosols are known to support healthy hair.
9. Mood Booster
Rose, Lavender, and Melissa Hydrosols bring comfort and calm after a long, hectic day. Spray any of these hydrosols directly onto your skin, clothes, pillows, or linens to get the mood-boosting benefits.
10. Emotional Support
Rose, Lavender, and Melissa Hydrosols have an uplifting aroma that offers much-needed emotional support during times of grief and sadness. Spritz any of these hydrosols directly on your skin, clothes, linen, or pillow to get the uplifting benefits. Alternatively, add ¼ to ½ cup of your favorite hydrosol to a warm bath and soak in it to feel more balanced.
11. Relaxing Spray
On super busy, stressful days it can feel like you don’t have a moment to stop and think. You just have to keep going no matter what. Unfortunately, the more stressed and overwhelmed you feel, the more you struggle to get things done.
Lavender and Roman Chamomile hydrosols have the same relaxing properties as their essential oil counterpart. Spraying the mist of these floral waters around the room and on your body reduces stress and anxiety so you feel more relaxed. This can work wonders to help you keep going without feeling overwhelmed.
12. Encourage A Restful Night’s Sleep
Misting Lavender, Rose, or Chamomile Hydrosol on your pillow and linen before getting is a nice, gentle way to create a relaxing atmosphere that will help you drift off to sleep. These hydrosols are known to promote calmness and relaxation.
13. Cool Down Your Body
Rigorous workouts, hormonal changes, or just doing household chores on a hot summer’s day can heat the body, sometimes excessively. Spraying Peppermint Hydrosol liberally over the skin can help the skin cool down instantly. Peppermint Hydrosol is rich in menthol which is known for its refreshing and invigorating properties.
14. Room Freshener
Choose your favorite hydrosol and spritz the mist in your bedroom, living room, bathroom, or any other space to eliminate stale odor and refresh the air. Rose, Lavender, and Peppermint Hydrosols are all perfect for this purpose.
15. Linen Spray
Lavender, Peppermint, and Roman Chamomile Hydrosols make fantastic linen sprays, especially for bedroom linen. In addition to smelling wonderful, both of these hydrosols are soothing and relaxing. Spray generously on your pillow and comforter to help you unwind and relax for a great night’s sleep. Or add hydrosol to your ironing water.
16. Closet Spray
Spray your closet regularly with your favorite hydrosol to keep your clothes and closet smelling wonderful all the time. Although hydrosols don’t stain clothes, it’s best to avoid spraying directly on delicate fabrics.
17. Carpet & Upholstery Freshener
Spray Peppermint or Lavender Hydrosol lightly over carpets and upholstery to imbue the room with a burst of freshness. Both of these hydrosols are effective disinfectants too.
18. Car Freshener
Spray Peppermint Hydrosol in the car when you need an instant pick-me-up while driving.
19. Scent Personalized Notes
A light spray of Rose, Neroli, or Lavender Hydrosol on a letter or a Thank You note lets your recipients that they are extra special.
20. Personalize Gifts
Give your gifts a personal touch by spraying the wrapping paper with a quick spray of Rose, Lavender, or Neroli Hydrosol.
21. Heal Minor Scrapes
Tea Tree Hydrosol has antibacterial properties. It also helps accelerate skin healing after minor scrapes. Wash the wound with soap and water and spray Tea Tree hydrosol over the affected area to soothe discomfort and support the healing process.
3 Precautions When Using Hydrosols
1. Never use hydrosols that look or smell funky. If you’ve kept the bottle for too long, before using sniff the contents. You’ll be able to tell immediately if the hydrosol is good or spoilt by its smell. If it smells rancid, throw it away. If it has no smell at all, it may not be spoilt but it has lost all of its original properties.
2. Do not touch the hydrosol in the bottle directly with your fingers. It will contaminate the contents. Instead, pour out a little onto a sterile cotton pad or use a clean glass dropper to remove as much as you need.
3. If you’re using the hydrosol very sparingly, it’s best to transfer a small amount to a smaller glass container. That way you don’t expose the entire hydrosol content to the atmosphere repeatedly. Oxygen in the air oxidized hydrosols and shortens their life span. Close tightly and put the bottle back in the refrigerator after use.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended to serve as medical advice. Please consult your doctor before using any natural medication or if you experience any unusual symptoms. See Full Disclaimer here.