A hydrosol is synonymous with hydrolate, flower water or aromatic water. It refers to the water product of the distillation and it carries the hydrophilic (water loving) properties of the plant. Within every hydrosol their are microscopic droplets of essential oil. Hydrosols are gentle and can be applied directly on the skin without dilution. Unlike essential oils that should not be applied undiluted. Hydrosols have benefits of being highly anti-inflammatory, hydrating to the skin, they make great bases for cosmetics, they are recommended for internal use, deemed safe for infants, children and pets (topically). What you can expect from the aroma is usually greener, sharper, and wild. Many hydrosols have a shelf life between 1-2 years, storing them in the refrigerator will help extend their life. Hopefully you will be integrating them into your wellness routine and they will be finished long before that period.
*Note: This is not a cure, a diagnostic, or a substitute for serious medical attention. Aromatherapy, herbs, flower essences and hydrosols are an alternative modality to many forms of healing. Improper dosages, prolonged usage and not adhering to proper safety data can lead to harmful effects when using essential oils, essential oil blends or herbal remedies. Check for any contraindications before using.
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