Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy by Suzanne Catty
Healing Arts Press, 2001
I am really into exploring Homeopathy and energetics in healing. So when I found the book, "Hydrosols:The Next Aromatherapy," I was excited. It didn't disappoint.
Basically, hydrosols or what is the water solution that is left over after distilling essential oils, are the homeopathic version of Aromatherapy. They contain micro-amounts of plant material and essential oils in the leftover water. As such, they are very safe and can be used for healing, beauty products, and even helping to heal and work with pets or those with compromised immune systems.
There's a section detailing individual plants and their healing qualities as well as actual recipes in another section. The author explains and details what and how with skill and expertise.
If you are into Aromatherapy and want to explore another side of it, this book is for you. Not only is there a serious side to it, the author encourages you to have fun with it. "They can be played with, consumed, bathed in, washed with, poured in fountains, mixed with champagne, used on your pets, fed to your plants, and more," she adds.
i wanted to share one of her recipes and decided on an easy recipe to banish headaches and it uses two common hydrosols that are easily purchased.
50 ml A.H. peppermint
50 ml A.H. Roman chamomile
100 ml water (if headache is severe, omit water)
Take 2 teaspoons undilutef hydrosol orally; add remainder to the water and compress forehead and nape of neck simultaneously with cloths soaked in blend. Lie down 15 to 20 minutes. You can add 2 to 4 drops E.O. peppermint to the blend for migraines.
Although it would be hard to make these hydrosols at home, it isn't out of the question. The author touches on home distillation. Maybe someday I will try that. Meantime, you can get Peppermint hydrosol here:
And Roman chammomile hydrosol here: