What is a Hydrosol? Benefits of Geranium Hydrosol
We’re going to break this blog post up into two parts. First, we’re going to discuss what a hydrosol is. Then, we’ll delve into the reasons why we use geranium hydrosol in our Palms Island Royal Palms Face Cream.
What is a hydrosol?
A hydrosol is typically the by-product of harvesting essential oil from plants. As the steam from the distillation carefully extracts precious essential oil drops from the most aromatic parts of the plants, it creates fragrant water droplets that are collected in glass or steel containers. But superior quality hydrosols are produced by devoted manufacturers who steam-distill small batches of fresh flowers and other plant material strictly to produce hydrosols. Also known as flower water, hydrosols have similar properties to essential oils but are far less concentrated. Hydrosols contain the water-soluble molecules of the essential oil in trace amounts as well as other water-soluble components of the plant. They are especially recommended for people with ultra-sensitive, tender, or delicate skin as a means to hydrate, soothe and nourish the skin. You may notice hydrosols in the ingredient list for a facial spritzer or a toner as these are products meant to rehydrate and refresh the skin. As a bonus, you can also spray them in your surroundings to energize or relax your mind. Cool, right?
What are the benefits of using geranium hydrosol?
The clean, rose-like aroma of geranium hydrosol lifts the spirits. In other words, when inhaled, geranium hydrosol has been found to relieve stress, fatigue, and anxiety. This hydrosol also aids in maintaining the balance of sebum production (an oily secretion of the sebaceous glands). Lastly, people with any type of skin (normal, dry, oily, or a combination) can benefit from geranium hydrosol.
Geranium hydrosol is:
- An anticoagulant: speeds blood circulation
- A humectant: hydrating, good moisturization
- An astringent: helps to minimize pores, tighten and tone the skin
- Assistant in reducing oily skin
- Cicatrizing: promotes cell regeneration, boosts collagen, repairs damaged skin cells.