Rosa damascena is one of the most popular rose plants available. The essential oil can be distilled or gained through solvent extraction. Either way, although the quality is different with the distilled oil being far superior, the aroma is truly delightful. There are not many women who do not love the smell of rose oil. Usually with a hydrolat, the smell of the product is different to that of the distilled oil. In the case of rose, the smell is almost identical. The delightful aroma of the hydrolat is lighter and fresher than the oil and is very useful for lifting the spirits and cheering the spirit.
One of the main traditional uses for eau de rose is for reputedly balancing hormones during the menopause.
As a linen spray
The hydrolat can be used undiluted in a spray bottle for spraying bed linen, towels and mattresses. It can also be used for spraying clothes before ironing and to generally freshen rooms and workspaces. Because the aroma is so relaxing and refreshing, the whole atmosphere of your home and the moods of the people in it will be instantly calmed.
“Rose hydrolat is probably the one I would never be without!”
Divine; for menopause; combats PMS, creams, moods; good for mature, dry, sensitive and devitalised skins; good in masks, steams compresses; exquisite cologne; highly erotic; promotes emotional balance for male and female energies helps to remove mental blocks.
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.
Use hydrolats as facial spritzers. Either use 50/50 with purified water or undiluted.
Spray liberally around pets, cooking areas, bedrooms and other areas of your environment.
Add up to 100mls to an adult bath and 50mls to a child’s bath.
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.