Herbal waters, also called essential waters, or hydrolates have great vertues. It can be used for skin care, mouthwash, eyes, aftershave, etc. The making process of this lotion is exactly the same as the essential oil one. In fact, it is one process from which result two different product: the essential oil on the top, and the essential water. Hydrolates have many benefits especially for the skin. In this article, I will share with you the different uses of herbal waters and which herb should be used depending on your skin or problem type.
Normal skin: lavender, rose, orange blossom, melissa, linden, blueberry water
Oily skin: rosemary to verbenone, peppermint, tea tree, lavender, thyme
Mixed skin: yuzu, witch hazel, lavender, mint, rosemary to verbenone
Dry skin: camomile, orange blossom, Italian helichryse, ylang-ylang, pink
Mature skin: melissa, Italian helichryse, ylang-ylang, rose of Damascus, cistus
Small skin imperfections
Imperfections (acne, blackheads …): lavender, lemon, grapefruit, yarrow, peppermint
Sensitive skin / redness: chamomile, blueberry water, Italian helichryse, cistus, yarrow
Dull complexion: blueberry water, grapefruit, peppermint, geranium, linden
The hydrosols can be used as tonics, rinsing water after make-up removal, as mouthwash. They can also be incorporated into home cosmetics recipes, and even into beverages!
Mouthwashes: peppermint, tea tree or sariette of Provence.
The homemade deodorant: grapefruit, sage, mint
Eyes: blueberry water (in compresses), camomile
Hair care: Atlas cedar, ylang-ylang, linden, rosemary with verbenone, nettle (to be studied according to the care required: dandruff, hair loss, beautify …)
Beverages: you just have to limit the consumption to one tablespoon per day and per person.