100% Pure Bee Balm Hydrosol 240mL
What Is A Hydrosol?
A true aromatherapy hydrosol (or aromatherapy hydolat) is the water that is collected when plants are steam distilled. The steam is passed through the plant material where it collects many of the plant’s volatile aromatic compounds. Some of these compounds dissolve in water (hydrophylic compounds), and some don’t. The steam then passes through a condenser (where it is cooled), and turns back into a water-oily mix. The water contains the water-loving compounds, and the oil contains the other materials. These quickly separate out into the essential oil (which nearly always floats on the surface), and can be drawn off, and a water product. This is the hydrosol.
Health Benefits of Bee Balm Hydrosol
Hydrosols are an excellent complement to essential oils because they are gentle enough to be used directly on the skin and can be used on children and pets. The specific Bee Balm (Monarda sp.) flower that we grow here at Flowers to Fragrance is high in geraniol ( a terpene alcohol that occurs naturally in essential oils obtained from many aromatic plants. It is often used by the fragrance and flavor industries). Geraniol has anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties, making Bee Balm hydrosol a great wash for the skin and can be used to clean minor abrasions and cuts. It also makes a lovely toner for those with an acne prone complexion. In aromatherapy use, Monarda is well known for treating stress, anxiety, and has the combined effects of calming the emotions, yet slightly stimulating to the energy level.