Nature Notes is pleased to have selected, small batch hydrosols available!

What’s a hydrosol? And why would I want it?
The nerdy explanation: Also called hydrosols, hydrolats are the byproduct of the distillation process. This process yields both the essential oil from the plant matter being distilled, and also the the water that runs off from it. They are separated after they come through the distillation process. This water has the properties of the essential oil, but is softer and more gentle to the system.

The essential oil is not water soluble, but the hydrolat is. Sometimes hydrosol and hydrolat are used interchangeably. Since hydrosols are a byproduct of the steam distillation process, they were once considered a waste product. However, they are useful in many applications- and are valuable in their own right.

What can I do with a hydrolat?

  • face and skin care application (face toner)
  • add to your favourite lotion or cream
  • body mist
  • hair tonic
  • cooking
  • add to steamers for inhalation
  • add to clay mask in place of water
  • 1st aid, compresses
  • nasal wash in your neti pot
  • aftershave

Basil Hydrosol uses & benefits:

  • stimulating, invigorating, refreshing
  • add to tea for upset tummy
  • clears acne
  • good for combination skin, lifeless skin
  • helps tighten skin

Ginger hydrosol benefits:

  • stimulating
  • balancing
  • toning (used for cellulite)
  • indigestion, nausea
  • arthritis (analgesic)
  • adds flavour for cooking

Dandelion hydrosol benefits: Taraxacum officinale

  • refreshing skin toner
  • restorative, healing- packed with nutrients
  • antiseptic
  • cooling
  • tonic
  • add a bit to your tea for detoxification (is also a diuretic)

If you don’t like the earthy aroma of dandelion, you can always mix it with something more to your liking

Peony & Rose hydrosol benefits:

  • normal skin, dry skin, aging skin
  • soothing, refreshing, firming
  • balancing, softening
  • helps with nervousness & anxiety

Yarrow Hydrosol benefits: (Achillea millefolium)

  • healing to skin
  • use to balance oily skin
  • use in face steam for allergies, stress, acne, sinus

Not for use during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

Western Red Cedarwood Hydrosol (Thuja plicata) Benefits:

  • deodorant, perfume
  • immune stimulant
  • antifungal, (nail fungus)
  • antiviral (warts)
  • pet fleas
  • diuretic

Not for ingestion. Not for use during pregnancy or during breastfeeding. Test for sensitivity before using.

Take note: Some hydrosols are preserved using alcohol or other chemicals. If you want to use your hydrosol for cooking, be sure is is chemical free. Most natural hydrolats have a shelf life of 12-24 months, if cared for properly (cool and dark place, like the fridge or cold room).

Nature Notes hydrosols/hydrolats are natural and free from preservatives.
Over the next few weeks, I hope to make available more hydrosols such as rosemary, rose and some other surprises! They will be limited editions, made in small batches.

Yarrow flowers