A common European herb, this bushy plant has spiky leaves and prefers stony, well-drained soil conditions. There are many different strains of rosemary but the hydrolat is usually taken from common rosemary – Rosmarinos officinalis.
Rosemary as a herb and hydrolat (infusion) was used in ancient times to protect against evil spirits and the plague. It was used to stimulate and improve digestion and in beauty preparations for the hair to make it shine and improve the texture.
In France, rosemary hydrolat is used as a mental and physical stimulant and is taken with water to help improve the memory.
Mental and physical stimulant; coffee substitute; may support addiction withdrawal; may ease hunger; strong anti-oxidant; great in hair products; toner for oily skin; compress for nerve pain; mild circulatory stimulant.
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.