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Hydrosols – What are they?
Hydrosols are the waters that are the byproduct of the steam distillation of essential oils.
“Hydrosol” is not a word you hear every day so you may be more familiar with terms like “Rose Water” or “Lavender Water”. That’s what we’re talking about.
Just to add a bit more confusion to the word jumble, hydrosols are also known as Flower Waters, Hydroflorates, Hydrolats and Essential Oil Distillate Waters. All of these terms mean the same thing. Hydrosol is the byproduct of the steam distillation of essential oils.
Although Flower Waters, as the name implies, are water-based and are far less concentrated than essential oils, it is still a good idea to treat them with respect and follow sensible safety precautions. Also, you should be aware that they have a much shorter shelf life than essential oils. But, unlike most essential oils, you can store them in your refrigerator with the added benefit of being able to give yourself a cooling spritz when you get too hot.
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