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LVL 4 - Working with hydrosols

Hydrosols and floral waters - natural fragrances and cosmetic properties

Hydrolatherapy is a very good alternative to essential oils, especially for cats and for beginners who do not want to get too much into essential oils. In addition, it is a much cheaper alternative.


A hydrosol is obtained by distilling plants in water in order to load it with volatile plant elements. They also allow, in addition to their various properties on the skin and the hair, to perfume your preparations without danger.

 

There are many floral waters, all of which have properties. They can be used as a spray to massage the hair and skin. They can be used in rinsing water, in conditioning mixtures or in your product dilutions. They can be added to different creams and mask recipes. They can also be added to soaps, in particular to perfume them.


The advantages for the groomer are that hydrosols are water soluble, that is to say that they mix very well and distribute themselves very well in water, therefore they are much easier to use than essential oils which are not water soluble.

 

They are much simpler to incorporate into the grooming process and will be suitable for all skin types. It is much more difficult to incorporate the oils into the grooming process especially when you have oily skin or when you are just starting out and it is complicated to dose the oil properly. Here we work with water so everything is much simpler.


In addition, they are much less concentrated than EOs, they are even easier to use and present no risk of intoxication unlike many essential oils. There is no risk of overdose. 


Finally, they have exactly the same properties as essential oils but less concentrated.
Therefore hydrosols are preferred by groomers who do not know, do not want or do not dare to use essential oils. They are also preferred if you are grooming cats.


However, it should be noted that, unlike essential oils, hydrosols cannot be stored. We can make them minutes or buy them but once the bottle is opened, they are lost very quickly. They should be kept cool and if possible in opaque (blue) bottles. Adding a few drops of Grapefruit Seed Extract will keep them longer, but the appearance of a haze in the liquid or an unpleasant odor indicates that the hydrosol has turned and should be discarded.

Please note: the dilution doses indicated in the sheets for each hydrosol are suitable for those purchased and containing alcohol-type preservatives which therefore should not be used pure on the skin. If you make your hydrosols yourself without adding an alcohol-type preservative, you can use them pure or dilute them.

 
Pétales de fleurs blanches

hydrosols for beginners

These hydrosols are totally safe to use in any circumstances and without any particular precaution : This means that even if you are using the wrong one or with the wrong dosage, there will be no damaging consequence.

This is the list classified depending on the issue they are dealing with. In the following slides you will learn about the properties and possible uses of each in alphabetical order.

BEHAVIOUR:

  • German Camomille: calms and soothes restless, stressed or emotional pets.

  • Italian helychrise: traumatic stress, lack of affection, adapting to new situations

  • Juniper: managing fears

  • Mountain savory: Regaining energy

  • Orange blossom: calming, reassuring and comforting, alleviating emotional dependencies

  • Palmarosa : relaxant, fights depression

  • Rosemary Verbenone: controlling emotions

  • Wild carrot: excessive need to be reassured and secure

DRY SKIN and ITCHING:

  • German Chamomile

  • Orange Blossom

  • Rosemary Verbenone (Corsican rosemary)

  • Wild carrot

HAIR COLOR IMPROVMENT

  • German Chamomile (light colors and fawns)

HAIR REGROWTH

  • Ylang Ylang

 IRRITATION AND INFLAMMATION:

  • German Chamomile

  • Italian helychrise

MUSCLES AND TENDONS:

  • Rosemary Verbenone (Corsican rosemary)

OILY SKIN:

  • Juniper

  • Palmarosa

  • Rosemary Verbenone (Corsican rosemary)

  • Ylang Yland

RHEUMATOLOGY:

  • Rosemary Verbenone (Corsican rosemary)

  • Juniper

SKIN REPAIR

  • German Chamomile (light colors and fawns)

  • Italian helychrise

  • Wild carrot

Start easily with hydrosols

If you are completely new to hydrosols, I advise you to start only with Italian helychrise and rosemary verbenone which, together, cover a very large number of problems whether it be hair, skin, behavior, rheumatology or even muscles and tendons.

Fleurs jaunes

hydrosols for intermediate

These hydrosols, although harmless, require a few small precautions to avoid certain effects that could be annoying.

This is the list classified depending on the issue they are dealing with. In the following slides you will learn about the properties and possible uses of each in alphabetical order.

BEHAVIOUR:

  • Peppermint: explosive and irritable temperament

  • Red rose: aggresiveness, need to be reassured

  • Rose (Damascus or centifolia): harmonizing emotions

DRY SKIN:

  • Cornflower Hydrosol

  • Peppermint

  • Red roses

IRRITATION AND INFLAMMATION:

  • Peppermint

  • Red roses

  • Rose (Damascus or Centifolia)

OILY SKIN:

  • Cornflower Hydrosol

  • Rose (Damascus or Centifolia)

MUSCLES AND TENDONS:

  • Peppermint

RHEUMATOLOGY:

 

SIMPLE HYDROSOL RECIPE

for Beginners

Green Shake

Hydrosol-based recipes

In this section you will find simple recipes to apply in the grooming process. There are a very large number of hydrosol-based recipes, do not hesitate to consult the "Synergies" sections on each hydrosol sheet to make your own mixtures.

Image de Paul Morley

OILY SKIN
MASK RECIPE

for Beginners