Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Hydrosols and their many uses

Auntie A always wondered what M uses as our ear cleaner.. It smells so good, and not exaggerating, you can smell it from 3metres when she cleans our ears!

M uses a blend of hydrosols to clean our ears. Apollo had a series of recurring ear infections previously, and it was so bad he would cry when M cleaned his ears. Now his ears are perfectly fine, and not to mention - great smelling!

Suzanne Catty mentioned in her book "Hydrosols: the next aromatherapy" that "hydrosols are the condensate water coproduced during the steam or hydro-distillation of plant material for aromatherapeutic purposes."

"Hydrosols contain all of the plant in every drop," Catty says, thus the water-soluble liquid is one of the most recognized substances in healing.

What you have to know though, is that not everything is a hydrosol, or what some people call "floral water".

Some products which are passed off as hydrosols, are actually diluted hydrosols with artificial fragrance and coloring added! These products will not only NOT promote healing and benefit you & your furkid, they might cause allergies!

Others are simply few drops of essential oils added into water. Both types of products lack the healing properties and benefits of the true hydrosol.

Hydrosols can be used for a number of things, not only ear cleaning. It is a great toner for you humans, and can be sprayed on skin problem areas for us dogs as well. M uses hydrosols on her own hair, and sprays them on us for the fragrance as well as the healing properties. Imagine your dog smelling nice and having great benefits from the hydrosols all at the same time!

Our favourite hydrosols are rose, lavender, tea tree and chamomile. We have essential oils at home too, and will talk about them the next time.


Unknown said...

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Nyx said...

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