Hydrolats/Hydrosols - Natural Floral Waters
Our organic hydrosols or flower waters are produced by steam-distilling plant material. They have similar properties to their essential oil counterparts, but are much less concentrated.
These beautiful hydrosols come from devoted artisan distillers who steam small batches to make hydrosol only.
All our hydrosols are processed through organic methods in Europe and we offer the highest quality available.
Hydrosol aromas are mild and subtle in comparison to their essential oil counterparts. Sometimes bright and fragrant, many hydrosols have an herby or grassy note to them. This is because hydrosols are extracting all of the water soluble constituents in the botanical material.
Information from The Aromatology Course Notes about Hydrosols/Hydrolats
Floral waters, also called aromatic hydrosols, hydrolats or distillates, are a by-product of essential oil distillation. Ignored and discarded for a long time, floral waters have recently been rediscovered for their therapeutic properties, which are similar to their corresponding essential oils, but much milder.
The finest hydrosols are produced with spring water and are from wild or organically grown and controlled plants. They are rich in active hydro-soluble compounds and can contain large concentrations of carboxylic acids, known to be the most calming, cooling and anti-inflammative components occurring in certain plants. Hydrosols are almost free of irritating terpene hydrocarbons, usually carried over into the essential oil, making them safer to use externally as well as internally.
Like essential oils, the colour of hydrosols vary from light pink to light purple (lavender), light orange (neroli), to light yellow (chamomile). Their scent is not always what you would expect and may also change from batch to batch.
Certain hydrosols such as geranium, damask rose and peppermint usually smell like the essential oils of those plants, but others smell quite different. In addition, fresh or raw hydrosols usually emit a “burnt” or “caramel-like” odour. In this case, allow them to “breathe” for a week or two, and the aroma should improve.
Furthermore, if and when small plant particles occurs at the base of the container, it is a sign of quality.
Always ask your supplier to guarantee the absence of stabilizers in any floral water you purchase. Most hydrosols will last over a year, and even 2-3 years when kept cold.
When taken internally, hydrosols diffuse naturally throughout the body. They have a well-balanced action, allowing the system to take advantage of the properties of hydro-soluble aromatic molecules. For inner cleansing, take them pure or diluted in some water, 2-3 times a day. Use by the tablespoon for adults and by the teaspoon for children. By the way, their taste is not what you would expect either!!! Due to their antiseptic action, hydrosols are very useful in dental, nasal, mouth and throat hygiene, as well as in eye treatments.
In addition, many hydrosols are used in cooking as natural flavouring in various types of dishes, soups and deserts; particularly in fruit salads.