Hydrosols and essential oils, two jewels of the distillation of aromatic plants

Hydrosols and essential oils, two jewels of the distillation of aromatic plants

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The steam distillation of an aromatic plant creates two liquid phases that do not mix and remain superimposed. The phase that stays up is the volatile oil (since it has a density less than 1) and is composed of volatile and fat-soluble (i.e., fat-soluble) aromatic molecules.

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aromatic hydrolates

The bottom one is the aromatic hydrolate, which has an aqueous part, a smaller part made up of aromatic molecules and another made up of non-aromatic components that are soluble in water. Then it has to be microfiltered and packaged to protect it from light and oxygen as it is so fragile that it quickly becomes contaminated with bacteria. For this reason, once opened, the hydrolates must be consumed within the following 6 months and kept at a constant temperature between 13 and 15 degrees. Although they have received less research attention, their therapeutic power is very interesting as they contain all the information of the plant.

Certified hydrosols can be used during pregnancy, lactation, newborns or the elderly

The conditions hydrolat, flower water O aromatic water, introduce nuances that can lead to hydrolates not being 100% aromatic and that derive from the emulsification of an EO or from a dilution of the hydrolate itself. For this reason the HAQT designation It guarantees, among other things, that they were extracted in the right way at the right time and only by steam distillation for an hour. Their great advantage is their high level of tolerability and safety in use. Unlike EOs (which require expert advice), certified hydrolates can be used during pregnancy, lactation, newborns, or the elderly. They are also particularly suitable for the hygiene and care of skin and mucous membranes, also at eye level or for people with sensitive skin.

combination of treatments

Once in a while, The combination of a treatment with EO and hydrolat increases the potency and effectiveness. A tea tree AE together with tea hydrolate can be an ideal treatment for acne, nail fungus, wound infections, mouth cleaning, scalp (itching, lice, dandruff, fat…).

In other cases it is preferable to use one of them. For example, cornflower hydrolate with astringent, anti-inflammatory, emollient and antiallergic properties is indicated in ophthalmic diseases such as allergic conjunctivitis, eye infections, stye, blepharitis and tired eyes…

Cornflower hydrolate with astringent, anti-inflammatory, softening and antiallergic properties is indicated for ophthalmological diseases

About Pranarom

pranarome, scientific and medical laboratory, leader in scientific aromatherapy, has the designation AEQT for its essential oils and HAQT for hydrosols, obtained at a precise moment and during a very specific period of the distillation process. It contains more than 300 essential oils, all chemotyped, 100% pure and natural, from botanically and biochemically defined plants. He is one of the pioneers in essential oil research and it continues to be his priority.

  • Tea Tree Oil: for personal hygiene and household cleaning. It helps our body’s natural defenses, urinary tract, skin care, oral hygiene and is an excellent cleanser.
  • Tea tree hydrolate: disinfect and clean. Also ideal for oily skin with imperfections to reduce excess sebum responsible for acne and blackheads. Helps reduce the risk of infection. Use in combination with other treatments for dandruff.

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author: Marta Gandarillas, journalist specializing in natural health, degree in naturopathy and Jin Shin Jyutsu therapist

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