The definition of a hydrosol is a colloidal suspension in water. In simpler terms, hydrosol is aromatic water with therapeutic properties that remains after steam-distilling freshly harvested botanical material. One of the great benefits of hydrosols is the variety of ways they can be incorporated into your daily life. Hydrosols are the waters produced from the distillation process of herbs. They contain water-soluble parts of the plant material along with micro-molecules of essential oils. They can be used directly on the skin as a beautiful, aromatic mist. Hydrosols can be used daily: As a toner after washing the face, before applying makeup, and throughout the day as a freshener providing a pleasant sense of well being. Lightly spritzing your pillow at night will aid a gentle sleep. Most are safe for use with children and have very few safety concerns.
HOW HYDROSOLS ARE MADE
There are many different ways to extract the essence or essential oil from a plant. The most common and effective extraction that produces hydrosols is steam distillation. During steam distillation, water vapor heats the parts of the plants, such as the roots, leaves, stems, flowers, or bark, to create their own steam. That steam then condenses into a liquid, and the essences of the plants are separated from the water. The most concentrated part of that separation is what we call ‘essential oils’. What is left over after the separation is the aromatic water or hydrosol? Hydrosols are mostly water, containing only 1-2% of the same chemical constituents found in the volatile essential oil. However, hydrosols also contain the nonvolatile organic components that come from the plant that was distilled.