Hydrosols, Hydrolates, Floral Waters

AROMATHERAPY HYDROSOLS are also known as hydrolates, or herbal and floral waters.

They are gentle, water-based plant extracts that expand the healing, cosmetic, and culinary applications of aromatherapy.

Hydrosols are considered to be the homeopathic (diluted) form of Aromatherapy.

They are pure water-based solutions which we create by steam distillation of plants from our own organic garden.

Hydrosols can be applied directly on the skin or taken internally to treat medical conditions or just to cool down the body (Peppermint HY) or to wake or freshen up (Kaffir Lime). 

The organic plants we use share their wonderful aromas which can linger on your skin and make you feel greatly energised or deeply relaxed. 


Our organic Hydrosols offer many therapeutic benefits, and we specifically distill some plants for their resulting hydrosols instead of the hydrosols just being a byproduct of the distillation.

Unlike essential oils that should be diluted prior to application to the skin, hydrosols are water soluble, and are much more gentle than their essential oil counterparts. 

They can be used directly on the skin without further dilution.

 

How are the Hydrosols made?

Hydrosols are the wonderful by-products of the process of making essential oils.

During this process, the herbs and flowers are steam distilled with water.

The water is heated and presses itself slowly through the plants as vapour, which collects the essential oils and other ingredients.

The essential oils - which float on the surface of the essential water - are removed, leaving the hydrosols, which still contains a small quantity of essential oil and the other water-soluble agents from the plant.

The distillation is usually slow and under low pressure over a sustained period with pure water to preserve all the therapeutic components of the plant material.

This will result in therapeutic products ready for use, without further processing.

 

If you combine water with essential oils, does it means you already make a hydrosol?

No, If you are not distilling the plant in a still, you're not making a hydrosol.

A true hydrosol contains both essential oils and water but that is only fraction of what is in it.

You can't extract all the ingredients.

We add nothing else to our pure, undiluted hydrosols/floral waters.

Be aware that some companies today sell so-called flower waters by using a whisking method to ‘solubilise’ essential oils into plain water.

We believe that the true hydrosols are best for therapeutic reasons and we only make true hydrosols.

You will also find a lot of hydrosols with high contents of various kinds of alcohol.

We don’t think that this necessary. Unfortunately, some producers are also tempted to use preservatives in hydrosols to keep them fresh. We do not do this. 


Our genuine, undiluted hydrosols of Ginger and Artemisia argiye (moxa) and Artermisia annua, Bamboo leaf, Lemongrass, Citronella, Guava, Patchouli, Pandan, Plai, Siam Rosewood, Turmeric, Vetiver,... are all produced naturally by steam distillation.

 

Usage : These floral waters can be used as they are :

as skin toners, facial cleansers, hair rinses, for aromatic baths, baby baths, on compresses or in sprays for freshening up the skin.

 

Hydrosols are easily used on their own or added to other products as simple skin care!

They can be used on their own as a light cologne or body spray.

Hydrosol can be added to finger bowls for elegant, romantic dinners.

I love to add a few drops of Ginger, Lemongrass or Kaffir Lime to a 1.5 liter bottle of water and drink it throughout the day. So greattttt.

Examples of commonly available hydrosols are Rose, Roman Chamomile, Neroli and Lavender, Kaffir Lime, Ginger, Lemograss, Citronella ...


They can also be used to replace water in cosmetic skin care products along with other ingredients, in e.g. skin toners/spritzers, facial cleansers, face masks, creams, lotions or shampoos.


Our hydrosols are packaged in a 50ml (4oz) or 120ml spray bottles and a refill amber coloured glass bottle of 150cc. They make lovely gifts, for yourself, or someone special.

Please remember to store your precious hydrosols as cool as possible because our true, natural hydrosols contain no preservatives. So they should be treated as perishable.

We maintain sterility while rebottling to bring you the best quality product.

If you plan to use these healing waters internally, you could pasteurize them first. (I don't). Filtering through a fine filter (a coffee filter works beautifully) or slowly heating just to a very slow boil to insure sterility without damaging the healing elements. 


Product list of our Hydrosols

Organic herbs we grow and distillate at the Asian Healing Arts Center (AHAC)

- Artemisia Argiye (Moxa) : to relax, reduce swelling, pain, itchy insect bites, to activate circulation.

- Artemisia Annua : anti-malaria, fevers

- Basil (Ocimum basilicum): digestive, for PMS, arthritis  and fungal infections.

- Bamboo (Bambusa) : anti-inflammatory, also for  damaged hair, sweating, make-up base, or skin care

- Cinnamon : stimulating, antiseptic, and fungicidal

- Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus): insect repellent.

- Eucalyptus : anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal,  muscular aches, arthritis, rheumatism,

- Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus): best anti-  fungal, anti-inflammatory, digestive, tissue tonic;

  vasodilator; great Liver cleanser, calming the mind.

- Ginger roots (Zingiber O.R.): for digestion, nausea, energy circulation, to ease pain, relieve Gallbladder and Liver problems;  and, to reduce jetlag. Nausea (from road, air, sea or mountain travel). This is like taking ginger without the burn.

- Guava leaf (Psidium guajava): for diarrhea.

- Makrud Lime (Citrus hystrix) uplifting mood, for hair, skin + pain management, colds and cough.

- Moringa Leaves (Moringa oleifera) great for proteins,  for lasting energy, increased endurance and mental

  alertness. Strengthens bones and builds blood.

- Mulberry for diabetes, cholesterol, regulates blood pressure, weightloss, cold, immune boosting.

- Pandan for rheumatism, stiffness and muscle pains, for weak nerves, damaged hair and dandruff.

- Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) for joint pains (Arthritis,  Rheumatism), circulation problems, piles, abdominal  and menstrual pains, diarrhoea, flu, headache, nausea and vomiting, skin problems.

- Papaya Leaves (Carica papaya) : for digestion, detox, joint pains, to remove fat surplus (cellulitis).

- Peppermint (Mentha piperata) : refreshing tonic for body, skin and mind, circulation, headaches, cramps, digestion, flatulence, nausea, hot flashes(menopause), heavy legs, excessive sweating;
- Plai root (Zingiber cassumanar Roxb.) : joint pains (incl. Gout), torn muscles, for insect bites, asthma and other respiratory problems, Thai massage, for  pain management, skin irritations, better circulation.

- Soursop (Graviola, Guyabano): anti-inflammatory.

- Siam Rose Wood (Fokienia hodginsii): - Relieving prostatic congestion, Neurotonic and general stimulative, Aphrodisiac (men), Male sexual Tiredness, Male Impotence.

- Turmeric (Curcuma L.) for better digestion, as an anti- inflammatory (arthritis and rheumatism). To relieve chest, stomach and period pain. Tonic for Skin and Eye problems.

- Vetiver roots (Vetiveria zizanoides) : to calm the mind, ease pain, strengthen, nurture and revitalise the body  and connective tissue. To tonify glands, immune system and blood vessels (veins).

and more...


Available in bottles of 50ml, 120ml, 150ml and 500ml 

For more info, please contact us.


GINGER ROOT HYDROSOL, Zingiber officianalis,

Our Ginger Roots are carefully harvested and distilled by us here in Chiangmai.

This wonderful digestive hydrosol is a delightful taste treat.

It feels like taking ginger without the burn. It is mildly spicy and delicious.

Airsickness, carsickness, Morning Sickness, any nausea or indigestion can be soothed by Ginger's stomachic properties.

It is especially appreciated by people who suffer from the MSG side-effects : bloating, headaches, migraines, dry mouth, just to name a few.

Directions : We take a teaspoonful diluted in water, tea or fruit juices; 

after a heavy meal, or any other time that you would eat too much rich food.

It's gentle warmth is also great as a compress for painful rheumatic joints.

As with any hydrosol used internally, it keeps better in a cool place.