Essential Oil series post #7: What is a Hydrosol?

Long story short: When a plant part is processed through steam distillation, the essential oil separates from the water. That water is the Hydrosol! Hydrosols still have therapeutic benefits, but are safe and gentle for kids under 2 yrs old.

For example, I use Helichrysum Hydrosol for dry eczema skin. If I were to make a body wash for my skin during a cold winter, I would combine 4oz water, 4oz Helichrysum hydrosol, 3 oz Dr. Bronner’s sensitive castile soap, a squirt of Tamanu carrier oil, and 20 drops of Lavender essential oil. The Helichrysum hydrosol would keep my skin wonderfully moisturized, and the Tamanu oil would promote healthy skin healing and growth.

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Buzz Buzz Buzz. I’ve always felt like a little bee buzzing around searching, learning, and striving to have a healthier home, healthier kids, healthier meals, healthier habits, and a gracious thankful attitude about everything. My name is Andrea and I am truly a “Healthy Honeybee”. I am a happy busy mom of three and I adore my family. I love to cook, clean, and always try to find more time to sit on the floor and “play” with the kids which really means jump on mommy time. Hubby’s job keeps us moving and starting over every 2-3 years which keeps my inner travel bug alive and my active planner mind always churning. On my webpage and blog, I hope you will buzz along with me learning and striving for having a healthier home and a healthier life. I will share tips, stories, and lots of research about my favorite food recipes, homemade personal care and cleaning products, exercise, essential oils, and more. I hope that you learn, laugh, and find easy solutions to make your life healthier.