Lavender hydrolat is used for everyday stresses and strains
This hardy herb has a delicate purple-blue flower in spring and summer. It is not to be confused with larger cross-breeds of the lavender family, such as spike or lavandin, as it does not have the same chemical properties, or appearance, being much smaller and less spectacular. Common to Europe, the flower from this plant yields one of aromatherapy’s favourite essential oils.
Price and Price (2004) have found that lavender hydrolat is revitalising and relaxing, and that it helps reduce headache and migraine symptoms.
All Purpose; soothing on damaged or fragile skin; antiseptic, spritz for hot flushes; masks, cleanser, toner, for all skin types; calms sunburn, razor burn, in colonics for irritated bowel; compress for headaches; balancer for mind, body spirit.
Hydrolats are the aromatic waters produced by the steam distillation of botanical material, usually during the production of essential oils. Hydro means water and lat comes from the word for milk, because when fresh these waters can be cloudy or milky from the suspended soluble plant extracts.
Hydrolats are gentle and effective. They contain only the most water-soluble chemicals from the plant material plus microscopic drops of the essential oils. They may be used undiluted without problems but it is usually unnecessary as they are just as effective in dilution – less can be more! Generally calming and soothing.
How to use?
SKIN Use hydrolats as facial spritzers. Either use 50/50 with purified water or undiluted.
ROOM FRESHENERS Spray liberally around pets, cooking areas, bedrooms and other areas of your environment.
BATHS Add up to 100mls to an adult bath and 50mls to a child’s bath.
COMPRESS Soak a cloth in hydrosol and compress to ease everyday stresses and strains. For a cold compress use a cold cloth and for warm, use a warm cloth.