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Floral waters, or hydrosols are great for the skin. Hydrosols help tone, rehydrate and rebalance the pH of skin. Fruit or floral waters can be used in a number of ways. The first way is as a face toner or refresher. Simply dab an organic cotton ball with some of the hydrosol and wipe your face. You can do this twice a day, everyday. You can add hydrosols to your bath water for a fragrant bath and an all over body refresher. You can also mist yourself with hydrosols. A gentle fragrance will be left behind. Be sure to keep floral waters out of your eyes.

 

Here are some good ones to try.

Calendula hydrosol is a good one to use for its therapeutic properties. It has

has anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, and astringent properties.

Lavender hydrosol is very relaxing and balancing.

Lemon balm hydrosol has a calming effect on mental stress and fatigue. It also works well on skin inflammations’.

Lemon verbena hydrosol is stimulating and uplifting.

Peppermint hydrosol is refreshing and revitalizing.

Rose geranium hydrosol is balancing. It is the perfect hydrosol for the sporadic symptoms of menopausal women.

Rose hydrosol makes a wonderful balancing toner for all skin types. It also works as an anti-anxiety spray, a deodorant and a room freshener.

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If you are distilling your own essential oils, you will get hydrosol as well. Hydrosol is the by-product of essential oil distillation. They are also called floral waters. They contain the same properties as the essential oil but are diluted so they are safe to use directly on the skin.

Hydrosols help tone, rehydrate and rebalance the pH of skin. Hydrosols can be used in a number of ways. The first way is as a face toner or refresher. Simply dab an organic cotton ball with some of the hydrosol and wipe your face. You can do this twice a day, everyday. You can add hydrosols to your bath water for a fragrant bath and an all over body refresher. You can also mist yourself with hydrosols. A gentle fragrance will be left behind.

Some good hydrosols to try are rose, chamomile, lavender, clary sage, orange blossom and rosemary.

Do not use hydrosols on or around the eyes. As with any new beauty product watch for an allergic reaction and if you see one, discontinue use.

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Big companies have specialized equipment to separate the naturally occurring hydrosol from the essential oils they are seeking, but what is a person with a simple still to do?

The answer is easy, simply pour your distilled product into a freezer proof glass container, put a lid on it and freeze it.

The hydrosol, which is mostly water will freeze, while the essential oil will not freeze. Once the hydrosol is completely frozen you can pour off the essential oil.

Be sure to allow the hydrosol to melt as it is a useable product too. Keep the essential oil as well as the hydrosol in the refrigerator. Both products should be good up to a year.

Do keep in mind, you may end up with some hydrosol in your essential oil and some essential oil in your hydrosol. This is not an exact science, but it is the easiest way I have found to separate the two products in your standard home situation without investing in a lot of equipment.

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