How To Use Hydrosols
Simple, Organic Skin Care
Great skin care doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. Hydrosols are easily absorbed into your skin where they work to bring balance and proper pH. Hydrosols tone, hydrate, refresh, and more with their many plant components that promote healthy, vital skin.
Soap-free cleansing: Soap and other facial cleansers are often drying to skin as they work by dissolving the oils on our skin. This throws off the natural balance of our skin and causes the skin to become dry, tight, itchy, and more prone to problems. For minimalist skin care, consider using only water. For more thorough cleaning to remove make-up or other facial products, we enjoy the following routine: Saturate skin with 4-5 sprays of hydrosols. Massage with your favorite skin friendly oil (Rosehip Seed, Sweet Almond, Jojoba, Sunflower seed, and Coconut oils are a few favorites) to loosen make-up and soften skin. Wipe clean with a soft cloth and warm water.
After cleansing: To tone and hydrate, spray directly on to skin or apply with a cotton ball. Allow the hydrosol to fully absorb into your skin, repeating as many times as you like. Apply a few drops of your favorite skin friendly oil or facial serum to the palm of your hand, add 2-3 sprays of hydrosols, and press gently onto face and neck.
Weekly facial mask treatment: For a deeply moisturizing treat, saturate clean skin with hydrosol. Combine just enough hydrosol with honey to slightly thin the honey. Apply liberally to the skin and allow to set for 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and moisturize with your favorite moisturizer and plenty of hydrosol. For oily skin or problem areas, mix French green clay with your favorite hydrosol. Paint onto face, allow to dry, rinse with warm water and soft cloth. Moisturize with your favorite moisturizer and plenty of hydrosol.
Distressed skin: Sunburned, wind or cold stressed, or dry and itchy skin all benefit from frequent hydrosol sprays. Friends with eczema proclaim their love for German Chamomile and Lavender hydrosols.
Herbal soak: Add 1-2 oz. to a foot bath or sitz bath for a deep herbal soak. 2-4 oz. for a full tub soak.
Body spray: Hot baths and showers often leave skin tight and dry, especially if you have hard water. A liberal spray of hydrosol is not only a lovely perfume, but also hydrates and restores balance to your skin and hair, head to toe.
Natural perfume: Hydrosols are refreshing, natural perfume's that bring a light, pleasant scent to your hair, skin, and clothes.
Natural bug repellent: Both Rose Geranium and Peppermint are great mosquito repellents
All-natural air freshener: Conventional air fresheners are full of toxic chemicals. Hydrosols freshen up any space in a safe and enjoyable manner. Spearmint and Peppermint hydrosols are a "must have" for any car trip with my carsick prone kiddos.
Linen refresher: Who doesn't want to drift to sleep with the sweet smell of lavender permeating your dreams? Spray pillows and sheets for a luxurious treat.
Aromatherapy: A plants hydrosol may be used for aromatherapy in many of the same ways that it's essential oil can be used. They share many of the same herbal constituents but do have some unique aspects due to their hydrophilic properties.
DIY skin care: If you enjoy making your own facial tonics, body sprays, lotions, potions, creams, and serums; you can use hydrosol as a replacement for water. Be sure to use a preservative when adding any ingredient to a hydrosol.
In the kitchen: Our hydrosols contain no added preservatives and therefore maybe used to flavor and enhance many different foods and beverages. We enjoy a splash in fresh or sparkling water as a refreshing alternative to commercial beverages. We add them to teas, tisanes, and even hot cocoa to liven up our hot beverages. A splash in dressings, marinades, and sauces adds fresh, herbal flavor and allows for unlimited flavor combinations.