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Fundamentals of Hydrosols

True floral waters, called hydrosols, are created during the steam distillation of aromatic plants. They are rich in water-soluble elements of plant medicine that are not found in the essential oil.

Most aromatic sprays on the market are not pure hydrosols, but rather essential oils added to water with an emulsifier. These are chemically different than hydrosols and are not as gentle.

Hydrosols are moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, mildly antiseptic, and are a wonderfully fragrant addition to skin care. Due to their benevolent nature, hydrosols offer a myriad of treatment possibilities when essential oils might be too strong. They are a safe and gentle way for people with sensitive skin, children, elders, chronically ill, and highly allergic individuals to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy.

Here is a brief look at some of the wonderful properties of Simplers Therapeutic Hydrosols:

Rose Geranium Hydrosol
Skin Types: dry, combination, sensitive, acne-prone, rosacea.
Properties: cooling, anti-inflammatory, humectant, balancing to skin, emotions, and endocrine system.
Indications: PMS, menopause, hot flashes, sunburn, broken capillaries, eczema, psoriasis,
rashes, bites and stings, healing wounds, emotional upsets.
Applications: facial toner, spray on face and body during hot flashes, add to shampoo or conditioner to nourish hair and scalp and balance oil production.

Lavender Hydrosol
Skin Types: all types, including damaged, fragile, and sensitive.
Properties: cooling, regenerative, anti-inflammatory, wound healing.
Indications: sunburn, eczema, psoriasis, sensitivities, rashes, itchy skin, cuts, scrapes, bites and stings, wounds, infected skin, headaches, stress and tension, sunstroke, PMS, diaper rash, tantrums.
Applications: apply in a plane or other dry environments, add to a cold or hot compress for headache or PMS symptoms, use after shaving or hair removal, add 1/2 tsp to baby’s bathwater to calm and soothe, spray to clear anger and tension in the home, office, or car.

Neroli Hydrosol
Skin Types: oily, sensitive, acne-prone skin; may be too astringent for dry skin.
Properties: anti-oxidant, astringent, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-stress and depression, calming, aids digestion, mildly sedative.
Indications: acne, broken capillaries, anxiety, shock, ADD, during detox programs.
Applications: use as a facial toner for oily skin and acne, apply to overly-oily scalp, spray on yeast infections and athletes foot, add to a cold or hot compress or spray on abdomen for digestive upsets, spray into face and chest during states of high anxiety (combine with
Simplers Neroli Perfume for best results).

Rose Hydrosol
Skin Types: dry, normal, sensitive, damaged, mature.
Properties: cooling, regenerative, mildly astringent and antiseptic, humectant, balancing to emotions and endocrine system.
Indications: mature skin, wrinkles, PMS, menopause, mood swings, emotional upsets, opening the heart, self-motivation.
Applications: apply just before facial oil or moisturizer, add to bathwater to relax and revive, use when emotional support is needed. A great skin regenerative and rejuvenator. Add to a cold compress and apply over tired eyes.

You can also add hydrosols to…

  • Aloe vera gel for a soothing, lightly scented and healing lotion.
  • Honey for a decadent and moisturizing facial.
  • Clay for an aromatic facial mask or skin pack.
  • Bathwater for babies (1/4 – 1/2 tsp per bath) 


Simplers Botanicals 2012 - By Robin Lander, Clinical Herbalist & Aromatherapist