Sunday, February 8, 2009
Hydrosols can come from any plant that is distilled. They can be Floral Waters IF they have been distilled from flowers such as Rose, Orange Blossom (Nerolli) or Lavender.
Water is a vital component for healthy skin tissue, and hydrosols are water with power! They are useful in all manner of skin and body care. Floral Waters are a powerful therapeutic agent in their own right and are valuable for skin and health particularly for babies, invalids, elderly persons and people with sensitive skin. They are cooling, anti-inflamatory, stimulating or relaxing, gentle and selective antiseptics with qualities that can be uplifting, soothing to irritated skin, gentle and balancing. Hydrosols are nearly free of all irritating components and as such are well suited for very sensitive skin.
Aromatic hydrosols can be used alone as toners or added to other toner ingredients, such as aloe vera. They are wonderful in masks and lotions.
Here are examples of hydrosols with cosmetic applications:
German Chamomile - for sensitive skin and inflamation
Lavender - balances all kinds of skin types. Soothes sunburns, irritations, psoriasis and eczema
Lemon Verbena - lemon scented and mildly astrigent for oily skin
Melissa - very gentle on sensitive skin
Myrtle - soothing and gentle, its used as an eyewash for irritations and alergic reactions
Orange Blossom - good for couperose skin, but suitable for all skin types, the delicate fragramce soothes and calms
Rose - mildly astrigent for couperose skin, but suitable for all skin types, good on cotton pads for irritated eyes
Rosemary - for sluggish, sallow, devitalized skin that needs stimulation and regeneration
Witch Hazel - astrigent for oily or couperose skin, good as an aftershave tonic
Yarrow - mildly scented antiseptic, astrigent for problem or oily skin