What is Lavender Hydrosol Water?
Lavender hydrosol is one of the two products created by the steam distillation of lavender. It is sometimes called lavender flower water. It contains a small percentage of essential oils, as well as the water-soluble components of the plant material. It has similar properties to the essential oil, but is much gentler and also much safer to use.
It is interesting to note that until the 18th century in Europe, plants were distilled to make hydrosols, and essential oils were considered the by-product. In the 20th century, it was not unusual for the hydrosol to be considered a waste product in the production of essential oils. Modern distillers and the public have become aware of the value and myriad uses of hydrosols, and fortunately both are being preserved. Some distillers even re-distill for the purposes of hydrosol!
Appearance and Fragrance of Lavender Hydrosol Water
Many people are surprised that the hydrosol does not smell the same as lavender essential oil. The aroma is more spicy or grassy, with a slight floral note. The smell is also not as strong as the essential oil. Get samples from a few of your favorite suppliers, as there may be some variation in aroma.
Typical appearance of the hydrosol is a milky water. It is not viscous and has a slightly acidic pH.
Use and benefits of Lavender Hydrosol Water
Lavender essential oil is very versatile, so it’s no surprise that the hydrosol has many uses. The benefits of lavender hydrosol include balancing, antiseptic, cooling, relaxing, calming and uplifting. Lavender tends to adapt to what your body needs, therefore it can be both calming and uplifting.
Can be used as a water base in soap making or as a water phase in creams and lotions, and as added water in shampoos and body washes. Can also be used in a steam iron to perfume your sheets or simply as a spritz to refresh and help tone the skin.
Using lavender hydrosol for skin care
- Lavender hydrosol can be used for all skin types. It is balancing for the skin and can help with redness or acne.
- Facial cleanser/toner: The hydrosol can be used directly as a gentle cleanser or facial toner. If you keep a little in a spray bottle, you can spray some on your face daily. The beauty of hydrosols is that they are gentle enough to use every day.
- Body spray: Spritzing your body with hydrosol after showering will not only give your skin a light scent, but it can also be helpful for dry skin.
- Making Lotions: Making lotions is an advanced DIY project because water-based cosmetics must be stored adequately to prevent dangerous bacterial growth.
- Sunburn: Since lavender oil has a famous reputation for use on burns, it makes sense that the hydrosol would have a cooling and soothing effect on sunburns. By using it in a spray bottle, it is easy to apply with minimal pain. Some people mix it with witch hazel when they use it as a sunburn spray.
Lavender hydrosol has many names. Lavender linen water, flower water, lavender mist or lavender spray. As the saying goes, “a rose by any other name is still a rose”, so whatever you call it, lavender hydrosol is a refreshing and relaxing spray for many purposes.
The production of lavender hydrosol is part of the distillation process of essential oils. Water and steam are pushed around and through the plant material, trapping the steam and essential oil. The two are later separated, resulting in the production of pure lavender hydrosol – a fragrant, multi-purpose water with all the properties of the plant from which it is extracted.
All-natural lavender hydrosol has a multitude of uses that you and your family can benefit from. Not only does it freshen the air in your home, it’s also a wonderful hair rinse and even a great way to lightly perfume clothing and bedding. Read on to discover eight creative and practical uses for lavender hydrosol.
Lavender hydrosol for aromatherapy baths
Although essential oils are the most recommended when it comes to aromatherapy, hydrolols are also effective and add a wonderful aroma to your bath. Using lavender hydrosol in particular will definitely make the most of your bath experience, as it smells great, and has a powerful relaxing effect that helps relieve stress, soothe tense muscles, and also provides a higher level of moisture to your skin than the average bath foam.