Is it just me, or do you lovelies agree that hydrosols hold a wonderfully mysterious quality? Or, possibly right now, you are wondering, “What exactly is a hydrosol anyway?” In this article, I will explain how to create a hydrosol using blood oranges. We’ll also talk about the benefits and uses of floral waters.
There is something so quietly beautiful and understated about a hydrosol that the appreciation for it could easily be lost. Hydrosols are crafted with artisanship and love, care and time.
In simplest terms, a hydrosol (sometimes referred to as distillate, floral or flower water and hydroflorate), is water that holds the fragrance from the essence of a plant. Essence that has been captured through the process of steam distillation.
I am not an expert on hydrosols. Quite simply, I am someone who is excited to share my personal journey with you along with knowledge that I have gained through experience. I’ll be honest, I truly had no (zero) knowledge or appreciation about what a hydrosol is until I began creating my own line of natural body products. Don’t get me wrong…I had heard the word before, and quite possibly somewhere in my past, I had spritzed some lovely scented floral water onto myself or sprayed some into the air when a friend insisted that I try theirs.
It has only been recently, as I have come to learn and appreciate the process artisans use to create them, that I have fallen in love with hydrosols.
I hope that at the end of this reading, you will have a deeper understanding of the process of creating a hydrosol. The next time you spritz a floral water, or use a product that contains a hydrosol, your heart will be filled with gratitude at the time and care that went into creating it. And perhaps this will inspire you to create your own batch of love!
One of the first pieces of truth I learned is that simply adding an essential oil to water (although that is quite lovely!) is not a true hydrosol.
Since only about .02% of essential oil is gathered in the steam distillation process of creating a hydrosol, they are much gentler and have a broader range of application than some essential oils that cannot be directly applied to the skin without a carrier oil or in a diluted form. So essentially, you can consider a hydrosol an extremely gentle version of the essential oil counterpart that it has been created from.
The uses are seemingly endless depending on the plant or flower that is being used in its’ creation and many have calming or therapeutic qualities.
Spray lavender/orange hydrosol on your pillow to help instill a calming night of sleep.
Peppermint hydrosol can be used to soothe itching from insect bites or dry skin.
The uses and benefits are many and will make for more interesting blogs in the future, but for today let’s focus on creating a beautiful, bright and refreshing blood orange hydrosol.
So let’s begin!
Today, we will be creating a blood orange hydrosol which is one of the beautiful ingredients in my Body Velvet Lotion. In the beginning stages of creating products, the reason I decided to learn how to DIY my own hydrosol was simply a matter of cost. Purchasing hydrosol in bulk is quite costly and by creating it myself, I am able to keep the cost of my product reasonable. Creating my own DIY hydrosol also gives me the opportunity to add that extra bit of love and gratitude to the finished product!
Blood oranges are a variety of sweet oranges. They have a reddish-orange blood colored flesh. Their profile is a sweet, heavy citrus and they produce a hydrosol that is incredibly refreshing and vibrant!
Please gather this list of very simple ingredients:
Follow these steps:
As the ice melts, simply empty the water out of the bag and replace with fresh ice. You will begin to see your steam distilled hydrosol in about 20 minutes as it slowly gathers in the bottom of the glass bowl. I have found that the blood oranges will continue to give their essence for many hours on simmer as opposed to some of the more delicate flower or plant hydrosols which are not as hearty.
The blood orange peels will begin to release the oils and essence of the fruit into the steam.
As the oil rises along with the steam and condenses in the center where the ice is sitting, the drops will fall into your bowl.
As the bowl fills, empty it into a container to cool.
Store your hydrosol in the refrigerator to help maintain the freshness.
Enjoy your beautiful blood orange hydrosol as a refreshing facial toning spritz or room freshening spray!
with love and in gratitude…
Galatians 5:22 “But the fruit of the Spirit is LOVE, joy, peace.”