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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. 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 do not 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 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.

 
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:

  • Italian helychrise (traumatic stress)

  • Orange blossom

DRY SKIN and ITCHING:

  • German Chamomile

  • Orange Blossom

  • Rosemary Verbenone (Corsican rosemary)

  • Wild carrot

HAIR COLOR IMPROVMENT

  • German Chamomile (light colors and fawns)

 IRRITATION AND INFLAMMATION:

  • German Chamomile

  • Italian helychrise

MUSCLES AND TENDONS:

  • Rosemary Verbenone (Corsican rosemary)

OILY SKIN:

  • Rosemary Verbenone (Corsican rosemary)

RHEUMATOLOGY:

  • Rosemary Verbenone (Corsican rosemary)

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:

DRY SKIN:

IRRITATION AND INFLAMMATION:

OILY SKIN:

MUSCLES AND TENDONS:

RHEUMATOLOGY: