Here, we'll go through some of the more popular hydrosols on the market today, and how each one can help you. Remember, hyrdosols may be less potent than essential oils, but that doesn’t make them less dangerous. Always follow the instructions provided and, if in doubt, consult the manufacturer before using a hydrosol. But here, without further ado, are some of our favourite hydrosols and what they can be used to do.
Basil: Useful on oily or aging skin. Can be used as an antioxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory or antiseptic.
Balsam Fir: Balsam fir hydrosol is a very popular hydrosol due to it's versatility, it can help with seasonal affective disorder (SAD), provide physical relief from aches and pains, and is also commonly used in foot bath to both stimulate and sooth.
Black Spruce: Useful on irritated skin for inflammation, sore joints, sore muscles and sprains.
Carrot Seed: People wirh irritated, dry and aging skin use this hydrosol as an anti-inflammatory. It’s also great for treating scar tissue, wrinkles and eczema. People also use carrot seed as skin toners.
Cedar Leaf: Recently gaining significant popularity, cedar leaf hydrosol is derived from thuja occidentalis and presents itself with a very strong odour and claimed healing properties that aid in soothing skin and also improving the smell of rooms.
Chamomile German: Great for acne or dry skin, people use this hydrosol for burns and calming the skin. It soothes skin, increases elasticity, reduces puffiness, and helps reduce those dark circles under your eyes. Cinnamon: This hydrosol doesn’t have many medical properties, but people love it for its taste. Cinnamon hydrosols can give any food a little bit of a kick. Plus, it can help relieve bloating and colicky pains. It’s also mentally stimulating, which is great if you’re feeling a little sleepy.
Cistus: Cistus is used for its anti-aging powers and its astringency. People use it to clean wounds and to help detoxify as well.
Clary Sage: Good for oily skin, clary sage is an anti-inflammatory. It doesn’t have the best smell in the world, but it can be easily blended with other hydrosols to help increase you moods.
Cypress: Especially useful for acne-prone skin, cypress can relieve built-up water retention. It also has soothing, astringent, antiseptic, and styptic qualities. Never use if pregnant.
Cornflower: Used by people with dry, aging skin, cornflower can help tone and firm up skin, as well as diminish fine lines. It can also give your hair a little extra shine and can be good for anyone experiencing hot flashes. Avoid when pregnant.
Cucumber: Cucumber hydrosol brings force the essence of one of the oldest vegatables to provide skin softening powers, reduce or eliminate oily skin residue, and also to aid in the treatment of sunburns and wind burn.
Elderflower: A gentle circulatory stimulant, elder flower can also reduce physical and mental stress and give you a sense of calm. Also good for muscle aches or injuries.
Fennel: Great for dry skin, many people use this hydrosol to help calm upset stomachs. It can also help with dryness, especially down there, and as a toner for dry skin.
Frankincense: Most people think this was just a gift the wise men brought to a certain baby in a manger, but it also has great medical properties, like relieving congestion and instilling a sense of calm.
Geranium: This hydrosol helps acne, bruises, mild burns, cuts, eczema, and hemorrhoids. It can also act as a bug repellent!
Lavender: Lavender is especially useful as a skin toner and astringent. It can also quicken the healing process for cuts and scrapes.
Lemongrass: Possessing a fantastically refereshing lemon scent, lemongrass hydrosol is used in a variety of skin care products, shampoo and hair care products, and is also an important aromatherapy ingredient.
Rose: Often used in massage oils, aiding in providing relief from congestion, and also as a face lotion, rose hydrosol is a powerful ingredient Witch Hazel: Often used as a toner and cleansing agent, witch hazel helps reduce redness and rashes, and soothes eczema and psoriasis. It can also provide relief from insect bites and stings.
There you have it, these are just a small, small sample of what’s available for hydrosols, and the different benefits you can use them for in your everyday life.