I love having different hydrolates around me throughout my day; especially when I need to refresh my skin or mentally clear myself. After a long day at work, the delicate spraying of these aromatic waters on my skin helps me to relax. Not only these magnificent waters serve to improve the mood and refresh the skin, but they are so versatile in their use and so simple to prepare, that with no doubt it is one of the star products in the world of natural cosmetics.
“Hydrolates or floral waters are
the result of steam distillation
of infused water from plants ”
Hydrolates or floral waters are the result of steam distillation of infused water from aromatic or medicinal plants, either from the whole plant, from the flowers or from the root. Hydrolates are not infusions, nor macerations, nor floral or herbal decoctions. These delicate waters are the byproduct of essential oils and although at much lower power and concentration than essential oils, they have the beneficial effects of the plant or flower from which it has been extracted.
Personally, they are essential to complete daily beauty rituals since they can be used as tonics to mattify the skin and thoroughly clean the remains of makeup and dirt. But they also serve to hydrate the skin throughout the day in the form of a sprayer and can even be used as aqueous bases for homemade mask preparations and to soak cloths to soothe burns or skin bites among other things.
Hydrolates are very soft to sensitive skin, therefore they are also recommended for children and the elderly, as well as people with some type of topical problem such as psoriasis, dermatitis etc.
Unlike essential oils, pregnant women and people with medical treatments can use them without any problem.
I always recommend keeping the hydrolates in the fridge to keep them cooler. The hydrolates have a much lower shelf life than essential oils and avoiding direct contact with the sun or hot temperatures makes them last longer. Amber or dark and glass containers are recommended to keep them in better condition.
It is extremely important to perfectly differentiate an essential oil from a hydrolate. Essential oils are very powerful concentrations of the essence of the plant, flower or root and contain volatile particles that immediately penetrate the bloodstream. The vast majority of essential oils cannot be put directly on the skin as they would cause a very negative effect on it.
Unlike hydrolates, which can normally be used on the skin unless preparations are made that indicate otherwise. The floral water or hydrolate in its pure state has a concentration of the active principles of the plant, flower or root are in a very subtle way.
The elaboration of homemade hydrolates requires knowledge in natural cosmetics, but we can make recipes with mixtures of different hydrolates already made and that we can buy in herbalists or stores specializing in natural cosmetics.
As we know, each plant, flower or root has its qualities and its effects determined in our body and also in our emotions.
In order to select the hydrolates that best suit our needs, here is a small list that can help you choose a particular one, depending on what you are looking for, as well as a very fresh little recipe for this summer.
- Hydrolates for oily skin: Rose water, Neroli water or Thyme water.
- Hydrolate for acne skin: Lavender Water, Chamomile Water, Neroli Water or Thyme Water
- Hydrolate for sensitive skin: Jasmine Water or Rose Water
Remember that they can be used as facial tonics instead of synthetic tonics, as natural skin mists or to cool a room or for therapeutic treatments such as burns or itchy skin.
But they are also ideal for improving the emotional or physiological state, they are also excellent natural colonies, for example jasmine.
Lavender water or hydrolate is ideal, among other things, to help us fall asleep. Spray it on the pillow before sleeping; In addition to naturally perfuming our room, it induces us to sleep.
Here you have a recipe for a fresh and ideal hydrolate for these summer months, which in addition to cooling, helps us to have a better clarity and concentration.
Recipe for 270ml of Hydrolate
- 90ml Aloe Vera Gel (Aloe barbadensis)
- 90ml Peppermint Hydrolate
- 90ml Lime Hydrolate (Citrus latifolia)
- 10 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil (Peppermint Peppermint)
We will need:
- 1 spray container
- 1 funnel
- 1 Label
- Place the container with the funnel in the workplace.
- Add the Hydrolate of Lima.
- Add the Mint Hydrolate.
- Add the Aloe Vera Gel.
- Add the essential oil drops
Close the bowl and shake. Place in the refrigerator and use as many times as necessary. It can be used as a facial tonic with cotton to remove makeup, to spray (closing the eyes) when we want to refresh the skin or to spray in some space to improve our concentration and performance.
I hope you liked this post! Until next time, don't forget to pamper yourself and take care of yourself from the root.