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The Benefits and Uses of Hydrosols in Aromatherapy
2022-04-26 14:51:01 Health & Beauty

In the field of alternative medicine, plants and derived natural products play an important role. In aromatherapy, for example, the most used products are essential oils and hydrosols. Here are the benefits and therapeutic uses of these.


What is the hydrosol?
The term hydrosol refers to the aqueous solution obtained following the complete distillation of plants in order to produce essential oils. Thus, unlike the latter, hydrosols, also called floral waters, are soluble in water and have few, if any, contraindications.
Floral waters are very popular in aromatherapy, and more specifically in hydrotherapy. Indeed, they have several medicinal virtues and are used to soothe or relieve different ailments. They also contain a number of active ingredients.
What are the benefits of hydrosol in aromatherapy?
In aromatherapy, hydrosols mainly help maintain the health of the skin, body and hair. In addition, they retain much the same properties as the essential oils from which they were extracted. Thus, they can sometimes be beneficial for mental health depending on the plants selected.
Benefits for the skin and face
Hydrosols allow you to have skin that is both beautiful and healthy. Here is a list presenting their benefits on the skin:
Hydration of the skin before applying daily care (cream or lotion);
Purification of the skin: elimination of impurities, dead skin and blackheads;
Improvement of the action of cosmetic care: anti-wrinkle or moisturizing;
Attenuation of visible signs of fatigue on the face: dark circles or puffiness;
Care for oily skin: limitation of excess sebum and tightening of dilated pores;
Care for dull and/or mature skin: anti-aging, toning and maintaining the elasticity of the skin, restores radiance to the skin;
Care for dry skin: improvement of skin hydration;
Acceleration of the healing process in case of wounds or injuries.
Treatment of various skin conditions: eczema, psoriasis, pruritus, acne, redness, irritation, congestion, hemorrhoids, rosacea and many more;
In men, hydrosols soothe the skin after a shaving session.
In addition to their use in skin care, hydrosols also help maintain hair health.
First, they get rid of dandruff. Second, they soothe itchy and irritated scalp. Finally, they are part of oily hair care and give shine and shine to dry and dull hair.
Other Benefits
Hydrosols have almost the same pharmacological properties as essential oils. Although their effects are slightly less powerful than those of oily essences, they have the advantage of having excellent tolerance, especially for children and pregnant women.
They thus make it possible to regulate:
Gastric and digestive disorders;
Respiratory and/or pulmonary conditions;
Diseases affecting the mouth;
Urogenital infections.
Hydrosols can also improve the emotional and nervous state. In particular, they make it easier to fall asleep in the event of insomnia or sleep disorders. They promote rest and relaxation thanks to their subtle floral fragrance.
How to take advantage of the benefits of hydrosol in aromatherapy?
The hydrosol can be used both internally and externally. For skin and hair care, the most widespread uses are mixing with cosmetic preparations. Floral water is also used as the main ingredient in homemade cosmetic preparations.
For each use, the dosage varies according to the desired result and certain factors such as the age of the patient.
Skin care
As a skin care, spray the skin with hydrosol in the morning to hydrate it and prepare it for the day (that of rose will also have an anti-aging effect). In the evening, use it to cleanse the skin of daytime pollution. To do this, dilute hydrosol in hot bath water. The recommended dosage is:
For a baby under 12 months: 2 teaspoons;
For a child from 1 to 6 years old: 1 to 4 tablespoons;
From 6 years old: up to 10 tablespoons.
In addition to the use in bath and spray, it is also possible to apply the hydrosol to the skin using compresses or gauzes.
Finally, by combining hydrosol, preservative and cosmetic active, it is possible to make lotions or creams made yourself to maintain the health of the skin.
hair care
For hair care, it is advisable to use the aromatic hydrosol as:
Rinse water after applying the shampoo; For example, that of orange blossom for an irritated scalp, that of Roman chamomile for blond hair or even lavender for oily hair.
Spray to give a shiny, toned and less dull appearance to the lengths;
Ingredient for making a hair mask or solid shampoo (rose hydrosol for example).
Mouth care
To have good oral hygiene, especially to freshen the breath (peppermint) and to avoid all ailments such as mouth ulcers (noble laurel), use floral water as follows:
In a glass of water, dilute up to 2 tablespoons of hydrosol and use it as a mouthwash. For children, the usual dosage is 1 teaspoon.
Internal administration
For oral intake, it is advisable to opt for a cure of 2 to 3 weeks to obtain optimal results. Occasional uses are suitable for the treatment of acute conditions.
Thus, in 1 liter of spring water, add up to 2 tablespoons of hydrosol. Drink this solution throughout the day. It is also possible to consume, 3 to 4 times a day, 1 teaspoon of hydrosol diluted in a glass of water.
The orange blossom hydrosol will have a soothing and anti-stress effect for better sleep while the peppermint hydrosol will soothe nausea and motion sickness.