What are Hydrosols

Following is an article on hydrosols which Dr. Christoph Streicher at AMRITA AROMATHERAPY published in Scensitivity:

Hydrosols - The subtle Complement to Essential Oils

Steam distillation of aromatic plants results in two complementary products- the essential oil and the hydrosol (or hydrolate). During the distillation process the ascending steam dissolves the essential oil contained in the plant, temporarily associating with it in a highly aromatic ethereal oneness of opposite values: water and oil, which normally do not associate. During the following cooling process of this aromatic gas, the oil soluble components separate out from the water. However, the aromatic molecules pass on a part of their qualities to the water, now called the hydrosol.

These hydrosols for a long time were considered as waste products of the process of distilling essential oils (except for a few exceptions like rose water). Only in recent times has it become more and more evident that the hydrosols are also exceptional carriers of the intelligent vibrational impulses of plant life. They represent a more subtle almost homeopathic-like potented ethereal form of the aromatic substances. In addition they contain the water-soluble component of plant life. A further advantage of the hydrosols is the fact that they do not contain the tannic acids and bitter substances contained in the essential oils which can lead to irritations in phyto-aromatic therapy.

Hydrosols therefore are an ideal complement in phyto-aromatic therapy. They complement the oil soluble component of plant life, represented by the essential oils with a water soluble aromatic component. The are extremely welcome wherever a subtle effect is wanted without the risk of irritation.

In the following areas hydrosols have been extremely useful:

1. Treatment of mucous skin, like eye inflammations, etc.

2. Internal use

3. Skin Care complementing phyto-aromatic oils, creams and masks. In this respect, basic research and developing work has been done by Jacques G. Paltz, Paris. He is using in his phyto-aromatic skin care line five different hydrosol blends for specific purposes: for sensitive, wrinkled or dry skin, for impurities and for rejuvenation. For example he is using rosemary verbenon and thyme linalol hydrosols for dry skin, chamomile and artemisa arb. for sensitive skin etc.

Essentially yours,

Dr. Christoph Streicher at AMRITA AROMATHERAPY

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