Hydrosols are the watery byproducts from the essential oil distillation process of plants. The highest quality is made by direct steam distillation from the plants themselves, instead of being a byproduct from the essential oil process. Hydrosols are floral waters, not essential oils.
Hydrosols can be used in many various ways (room spray, facial tonic, even cooking, bath soaks, linen spray).
Hydrosols have similar properties to essential oils but are much less concentrated. They are excellent for refreshing and rejuvinating the skin, which is what I’m focusing on in this article, specifically Calendula (Calendula officinalis) and Rose (Rose damascene).
Calendula Hydrosol (marigold):
Calendula hydrosol is skin-soothing with a cooling energy, an anti-inflammatory with a light refreshing aroma. It’s an excellent hydrator for all skin types, including children. For the body and skin care it’s calming, reduces redness, itching, flakiness, and good for acne.
Rose hydrosol also has a gentle cooling energy, calming to the mind. It has a subtle, deep floral, slightly spicy aroma with excellent hydrating properties for all skin types. It’s refreshing, soothing, firming, regenerating, balancing, softening, and reduces scarring.
These two hydrosols combined together create a superb facial mist. Just mist it on your face and body any time during the day for a great refresher and hydrator.
During the summer traveling months this mist will keep your face refreshed and hydrated, especially after long airplane flights when the skin dehydrates rapidly. I keep a small spritzer bottle of it in my purse. And, if you get a rash or boo-boo, just spritz the area to clean and soothe the irritated skin.
Any time you need quickly hydrate the skin, this mist will do the trick. You want to be sure your hydrosols are organic, don’t want any harmful chemicals misted on your face.
Mix equal amounts of both Calendula and Rose hydrosols in a spritzer/spray bottle. Mist whenever needed.
A couple places to obtain organic hydrosols:
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