All About Hydrosols

Honest Aromas

As promised, today I’m going to share with you about the wonderful world of hydrosols! My information comes from the Aromatic Wisdom Institute’s Liz Fulcher.

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Hydrosols (also known as hydrolats) are an area of aromatherapy that are separate from, but related to essential oils. Often when people think of aromatherapy, essential oils are the first thing that comes to mind. This is an incorrect assumption. Essential oils are just a facet of aromatherapy. There are many ways to use plants as medicine, as in tea for example. Essential oils are the most potent way, and hydrosols are a safer yet still incredibly effective way.

Hydrosols are created in an extensive process in which plant solids are injected with pressurized steam. This forces the beneficial oils of the plant to be released. The steam and oil are cooled, causing the steam to condense into water. The oils then separate from the…

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Published by Hannah Kennedy

Hannah is an old lady at heart, with a deep love of yarn and floral patterns. She has curly hair, she is a lefty, she googles everything, and her favorite color is blue. She can usually be found reading everything from nineteenth-century fiction to modern psychology, doing yoga, dragging out chores to fit the podcast she's listening to, or watching The Office with her husband.

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