Hydrolats (floral waters)
What is a hydrolate?
Hydrolate (or hydrosol or floral water) is a natural product derived from distillation, whose therapeutic properties are complementary to those of essential oil. It is distilled water, in fact recondensed water vapor, which is separated from the essential oil supernatant at the outlet of the still after decantation. A small fraction of the various aromatic components, especially the water-soluble ones of the plant, are found in the hydrosol. Thus, they allow safe and easy use of distilled plants. Hydrosols can be used in the kitchen, for well-being by direct spraying (wardrobe, pillow, toilet), as well as on animals. They are of course indicated for their therapeutic virtues: in internal and external cure, in gargle or mouthwash, in vaginal douche, or in enema, in nasal sprays or for eye care .... They are particularly appreciated for cosmetic and dermatological care, or used pure in topical application on the areas to be treated or regenerated (acne, eczema, rosacea, wrinkles ...)
Hydrosols from a therapeutic point of view
Hydrolatherapy is complementary to aromatherapy but softer, because of the dilution and the low concentration of only water-soluble aromatic molecules. Taking hydrosol internally, supplemented with essential oil externally and in olfactory dilution, often proves to be a very effective approach. For draining cures extended internally, hydrosol is definitely more suitable and has fewer contraindications. Hydrosols (like essential oils) act on the "field" of each individual and, absorbed orally, have a direct hold on the entire digestive and metabolic system in general. Like homeopathic products or flower essences, hydrosols contain all the characteristics, subtle messages and psychic imprints of the plant from which they come.
The word "hydrolat" comes from the Latin "hydro" which means water and from the French "lat" which means "milk". Indeed, the substance obtained just at the exit of the still has a milky appearance. You can find different terms (such as hydrosols or floral waters), but these are often inadequate and limiting terms. Indeed, beyond the term "floral water", distillation does not only concern flowers, but also other parts of the plant such as its leaves, needles, bark or roots. They are also sometimes called: "aromatic waters" or "aquaromas". Concerning the word “hydrosol”, it is a generic term used to designate, in physical chemistry, a colloidal solution in water, which is also appropriate.