Hydrosols are the pure condensate waters co-produced, along with essential oils, during steam or hydro (water) distillation of plant materials such as flowers, roots, barks, branches, needles, fruits, seeds or resin. The use of hydrosols, also known as floral waters, hydroflorates or distillates, is becoming more common in aromatherapy as awareness of their healing potential increases.
True hydrosols contain the water soluble fraction of a distillation. They are only produced as part of the distillation process; they are not water to which essential oils have been added.
Hydrosols contain all of the plant’s therapeutic and energetic properties in every drop. Here we have the water-soluble components, the essential oil molecules, and the very fluid that flows through the plant’s cells.
Hydrosols have properties similar to essential oils but they are much less concentrated. Most hydrosols have less than 5% actual essential oil content. They can be considered, as Jeanne Rose states, “the homeopathy of aromatherapy.”# It is for this reason that hydrosols are gentle and safe, making them suitable for all manner of application; their use is especially ideal for babies, children, the elderly, and the infirm where the application of essential oils would be too strong.
Hydrosols usually have a mild, bright, sometimes herbal or grassy fragrance that is indicative of their authentic and therapeutic properties.
All our hydrosols are organic and can be used in numerous ways.