Hydrolats and Carrier Oils
A hydrosol is a plant-based distillate. When we make essential oils, we distil the plant material. This means that steam passes through the plant, releasing it’s vital elements of plant goodness and then condenses to re-create water. On the top of this water is the essential oil (as oil is lighter than water) and the water is known as the hydrosol. It contains the same properties as the essential oil but can be used orally, on wounds and consumed internally unlike essential oils.
At Autumn Blossoms Ltd, we have started distilling nettles, Bay Leaves and Rosemary for their hydrosols and use these in our blends. All ingredients are available as part of our Full Moon Delivery Service.
Carrier oils are the pressed oils which are used on the skin to dilute the essential oils so it is safe to use on the skin such as almond oil or sunflower oil.