Hydrosols are the waters which are separated from essential oils during the distillation process. Also, known as “flower water” or “hydrolats”. Hydrosols are aromatic, containing many water soluble fragrant materials found in the plants they are derived from. Unlike essential oils, hydrosols can be perishable. It’s good practice to store them under refrigeration.
Hydrosol can be used in several different ways. Most common ones are; culinary field, skin mist, toner, compresses, in hair rinse water, as additive to clay masks, anti-inflammatory, eczema, rosacea, and mood invigorating. It’s gentle enough to be used even on babies.
Woody hydrosol is also called Sandalwood hydrosol and is very rich and sweet scented water. It is grounding, calming, sedative, and tonic. It balances both dry and oily skin, is useful in treating acne. Emotionally, it relaxes stress, soothes irritation, and lifts depression. When applied topically, have a nice cooling effect and gives relief from all types of inflammations. It is very good as an antiseptic.