51 Ways to use Hydrosol

51 Ways to use Hydrosol

We hear a lot about essential oils these days, but what are hydrosols? Incense-Cedar
It's hard to talk about essential oils without talking about hydrosols because essential oils cannot be made without also making hydrosol. Hydrosols are the pure, natural waters that are produced during the steam or hydro distillation of plant materials such as flowers, leaves, needles and twigs, resins, roots, seeds, and woods.

Incense-CedarThey are produced during the same distillation process that also extracts the essential oils. Essential oils are the highly concentrated aromatic extracts that contain the oil soluble components of the plant. Hydrosol contains all of the water soluble components of the plant's essence, including natural alcohols, acids and tannins as well as micro-molecules of essential oil suspended within it. Hydrosols are a unique product, only obtained through distillation and cannot be manufactured synthetically. Hydrosols are not as concentrated as essential oils so they can be used undiluted on the skin. They are safe and gentle for all ages and for those with sensitive skin offering subtle aromatherapy and therapeutic benefits. 

How Hydrosols are made
Incense-CedarWe start with the highest quality local plants handpicked at their peak of freshness. Using a traditional copper alembic still, we pack the column with the plant material. As the water in the pot underneath comes to a boil, steam rises up through the plants bursting essential oil containing glands. The essential oil vapor mixes with the steam and rises into the gooseneck and into the coils of the condenser. The condenser tank cools the vapor and steam producing both essential oil and hydrosol. Our copper still is a thing of beauty, hand-hammered and imported from Portugal, and produces the sweetest hydrosols.  Would you like to see it in action?  Click here.

How to use Hydrosols
We use hydrosols in place of water in our soap making, and other formulations. But they have many uses, here are 51 ways to use hydrosol.

  1. Mist onto the face and neck for a balanced glow
  2. Naturally acidic, hydrosols help to balance the pH of the skin after cleansing
  3. Mix with facial serum and apply to face for hydration and easy application
  4. Activate dry clay facial masks
  5. Face wash
  6. Add one ounce to bath water
  7. Add to a foot soak
  8. Spray onto hair after washing for extra shine and overall health
  9. Add to a very warm washcloth for a facial steam treatment
  10. Facial toner
  11. Make up remover
  12. Mix with oatmeal for a homemade mask
  13. Soak cotton pads in hydrosol and place on eyes to reduce puffiness
  14. Body Spray
  15. To help set make up
  16. After sun exposure skin care
  17. Substitute hydrosols for water-based ingredients in creams and lotions
  18. Spritz on skin as an aftershave to soothe razor burn
  19. No time to shampoo? Spritz your hair and comb through
  20. Due to its antimicrobial properties, it's a great ingredient in homemade cleaners
  21. Spray on your pet beds
  22. Linen spray
  23. Surface spray
  24. Spray on dust cloth to help trap dust and leave aromatics behind
  25. Room spray
  26. Add a hydrosol-soaked cloth to your dryer
  27. Clean your windows
  28. Air freshener
  29. Freshen up exercise mats and massage tables
  30. Use a little in the rinse cycle of your washing machine to freshen clothes
  31. Clean stainless steel without streaking
  32. Natural insect repellant
  33. When traveling to keep cool and calm
  34. A great alternative to essential oils, for "gentle aromatherapy" 
  35. Emotional support
  36. Use in place of water in an ultrasonic diffuser to clear the air
  37. All-natural perfume
  38. Spritz on your pillow before bed
  39. Stay alert and focused when energy and mental levels dip
  40. Encourage a restful night’s sleep
  41. Relief for hot flashes
  42. Cooling spray for the pool or beach
  43. When working outdoors in summer, mist on the back on the neck
  44. During exercise, feel instantly cooler by misting skin
  45. Antiseptic wound spray
  46. Spray on irritated skin for relief
  47. Perfect replacement for water in hot or cold compresses
  48. Use in making poultices
  49. Relieve discomfort for minor scrapes
  50. Support acne-prone skin
  51. Spray anywhere heat is present; sunburn, rash, bug bites...

Do you know of any other ways to use hydrosol? Share your thoughts below.

See our current line of pure, artisan distilled hydrosols here.


1 Response


May 19, 2020

I love using the rosemary hydrosol to spritz all over my face and hair after getting out of the shower. It leaves my feeling fresh and hydrated, and adds natural shine to my hair. The smell is amazing! 🤍

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