Why You Should Look Into Hydrosols

The Philippines, still, has a very novice concept of aromatherapy. Based on a random survey I did a few years back, 9 out of 10 Filipinos would associate the term Aromatherapy on fragrances or scents alone, disregarding its therapeutic effects.

What are Hydrosols?

Hydrosols are basically created merely as a by-product of the steam distillation process of your plant materials into essential oils. These are the plant waters that were left behind as the essential oil rises to the top or sinks to the bottom and is extracted from the distilling tank following the condensing chamber.

In essence, hydrosols would be the very diluted versions of its essential oil counterpart, carrying trace amounts up to 0.2% of essential oil. The hydrosol usually contains the plant’s water-soluble therapeutic properties that are not present in its essential oil version.

As a Certified Aromatherapist, it has been part of my mission to curb the impression that essential oils are more than just its scent. It is also part of my task to know when to use and not use essential oils; to determine the best healing modality to be used in a given situation.

As someone who is putting effort in learning and practicing animal aromatherapy, it was quite limiting–especially during my early years of aromatherapy study–to admit that most essential oils are not safe to be used around cats.

I have over 55 rescued cats and it was important for me to find holistic ways in dealing with their concerns. Thus, this led me to discover and appreciate the beauty of hydrosols.

When dealing with very small children or small animals, always keep in mind that your hydrosols would be the better solution. Hydrosols are as potent as its essential oil counterpart, albeit a much much safer choice.

I’ve been using my Catnip hydrosol spray to calm down my cats and I see it works amazingly in a matter of seconds! I’ve also been diffusing my local farm-sourced Citronella hydrosol around my cats to keep mosquitoes away (versus diffusing Citronella essential oil in a cool mist diffuser) and it works amazingly just as well.

Fortunately, more Filipinos are now aware of the wonders of hydrosols, and more local producers are now making them available as compared to 2-3 years ago when I had to import everything–and the importation costs can be quite hefty.

Below are some of the locally-produced hydrosols in my collection–I do get in touch straight with the producers and I’ve been using them in a lot of my beauty formulations.

Do you know any other local producers of hydrosols in our country? Do let me know through comments, I’d love to try theirs as well. 😉

PS, Do you want to learn more about hydrosols? Join us in this month’s Sniff Sesh as we articulate 5 different hydrosols from Stillpoint Aromatics (as shown on the first photo of this blog post). Reserve your spot by signing up here.

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6 responses to “Why You Should Look Into Hydrosols”

  1. Xelle Frani Avatar

    Learned a lot about the benefits of hydrosols. Before I thought the effects are the same with EOs, but the class and this article really educated me. Thanks for this!

    1. couchwasabi Avatar

      So glad to share the love for hydrosols ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  2. Anna O Avatar
    Anna O

    Got a newfound curiosity for hydrosols! Truly enjoyed this month’s sniff sesh with Jirbie. I didn’t really care much before about hydrosols since most aren’t as pleasant smelling as EOs, but now it’s exciting to test out their applications too.

    1. couchwasabi Avatar

      Yes! So happy to discover another use for my hydrosols so now I’m collecting more!!

  3. Summer Avatar

    Learned something new this afternoon.

    I thought hydrosol has the same effect as its essential oil counterpart. Better to read their description before using them.

    My favorites for this afternoon’s session were Goldenrod and Honey Mrytle. I don’t know why but Goldenrod smelled like coffee to me and later on it smelled like men’s perfume. Honey Mrytle was light and sweet. Actually, Sweet Grass was nice. It smelled like Pandan leaves but since I’m not a fan of that, I’ll stick with Goldenrod and Honey Mrytle.

    I’ll try to get shot glasses to properly taste test these babies (except Fragonia). Happy dance! ?

  4. Aia Avatar

    This class sparked more curiousity than I thought! Given the benefits I and possibly my family can reap thru these hydrosol’s medicinal and therapeutic properties, I think I’ll dig in. Glad I attended this class!

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