Like almost everything under the sun, hydrosols have their benefits and drawbacks. Here are some of the most common pros and cons for using hydrosols. Just remember: different types of hydrosols have different advantages, so make sure you use the right one for the right job. And always follow the safety instructions in order to stay safe and get the most out of your hydrosols.
The list of how hydrosols can help you are literally limitless, and very hard to organize. Since they’re made from a wide variety of plants, the properties vary wildly. But here are five common uses that we count as pros.
One of the major cons with the hydrosol market is its relatively recent arrival. Unlike many other naturopathic medicines and methodologies, hydrosols are not widely accepted or regulated. It is, unfortunately, a problem affecting many parts of the health industry, from essential oils to supplements and more. The processes used to make hydrosols are not standardized and, as such, many people have bought hydrosols thinking they were getting something healthy and pure. But oftentimes these products are merely watered down essential oils or, even worse, not even distilled, instead relying on improper techniques to mix together an approximation of what their label claims.
Another problem facing the hydrosol industry, besides faulty production, is a lack of internal standardization. There is no group that regulates the industry and, as such, what is claimed on the bottle, up to and including the ingredients inside, can vary wildly from product to product. The concentration, the extraction method, the certification, all of this is subject to the whims of the manufacturer. As such, we encourage you to buy from local suppliers you trust instead of larger companies that may or may not be taking advantage of people’s ignorance for a profit.
Finally, many hydrosols are not to be taken by pregnant women. They’re powerful products that can actually harm developing fetuses. Always check with a professional before using any hydrosols if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant.