Hydrosols are amazingly gentle, safe, and easy-to-use products that can be used in tons of ways. They’re more diluted than essential oils since a hydrosol is – very simply put – the light and refreshing aromatic water that is distilled with essential oils.
This generally makes hydrosols much safer to use than essential oils, especially for small children, most pets, pregnant and nursing mothers, and the elderly.
Here are our top 10 favorite uses for hydrosols:
1. Facial Toners
Rose, Helichrysum, Tea Tree, and Melissa Hydrosols make wonderful facial toners. They are safe and gentle enough to use directly on the face. Just spray onto a cotton pad and wipe onto your face. Helichrysum and Rose help balance the skin by reducing facial redness or dryness. Melissa and Tea Tree promote healthy skin as well, especially for those who are prone to blemishes. You can also add these to facial products you currently use to enjoy their benefits.
2. Soothe sunburns and minor cooking burns
Lavender, Rose, and Chamomile Hydrosols are incredibly soothing to skin that has experienced minor burning. At any time you are experiencing the discomfort of a burn, just spritz on the affected skin to soothe any redness.
3. Offer emotional support
Rose, Melissa, and Lavender Hydrosols help bring comfort and calm after a long, hectic day. They can also be used to help during times of sadness, to uplift and calm the senses. You can spray them directly onto your skin, clothes, pillows, or linens. You can also add ¼ – ½ cup of hydrosol to a warm bath to help relax.
4. Encourage a restful nights sleep
For a relaxing atmosphere that promotes a good night of rest, try Lavender, Chamomile, or Rose Hydrosol. You can mist it on linens, furniture, and pillows before bedtime to help unwind and relax. These hydrosols are also wonderful for babies and young children, to promote calmness and help soothe them to sleep.
5. Cool the body
Whether feeling too hot from dealing with heat, exercise, or hormonal changes, Peppermint Hydrosol is well known for its invigorating and refreshing cooling properties. Mist the skin liberally to feel instantly cooler.
6. Soothe rough, reddened skin
Lavender, Chamomile, and Rose Hydrosols are calming, soothing, and safe enough to use on any age – from very young children to older adults. Reach for these hydrosols when you want to soothe skin that is rough, red, and irritated.
7. For minor scrapes
Minor scrapes happen to everyone. After rinsing the wound with soap and water, simply spray on Tea Tree Hydrosol to help relieve discomfort and support the healing process.
8. Soothe itchiness
9. Support acne-prone skin
10. Hair Care
Hydrosols are water-based products and should be stored in the fridge upon purchase. They also generally have a shelf life of one year, and now that you’re equipped with all of these ideas for using them, there is no reason to let a drop go to waste! Additionally, Peppermint Hydrosol should not be used with children under the age of 3.
These are only 10 of our favorite ways to use them, but trust us — there are so many more ways! Check out each product page or profile to learn more!