How to Make a Hydrosol With Essential Oils
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 Learn how to make a hydrosol with essential oils.  This is a copycat recipe, and it's a quick and easy way to make a hydrosol with supplies that you already have.  


I've used a lot of ingredients to make DIY bath and beauty products, including essential oils, butters, and oils.


I love using herbs to make infusions.  I even use food for DIY recipes in soap, scrubs, salts, masks and more.





One ingredient that I hadn't played with much until recently was hydrosols.  Part of that reason is that I tend to get my supplies from one place (Crafty Bubbles) and they don't carry hydrosols.


I have to order hydrosols.  To be honest, I've been on a no buy or low buy for almost two years because my supply closet was getting out of hand.


Now I've managed to get through a lot of my supplies, so I was going to order some hydrosols to experiment with.


How to Make a Hydrosol With Essential Oils


Hydrosols aren't cheap.  Expect to pay about $10 per hydrosol, and some are a lot more than that.  Then you'll have to pay for shipping.


Today, we are going to learn how to make a hydrosol with essential oils.  This is a copycat hydrosol that can be used in several different recipes.


This is sometimes called essential oil water, but it can be used interchangeably with a hydrosol in most recipes.





Next week, we will be learning how to make a hydrosol from fresh or dried plants or herbs.  This will be a true hydrosol.


There are two ways to make hydrosols, and this is the quick and dirty way.  This isn't a true hydrosol, but it has its place.


First, this is a quick way to get a hydrosol like liquid.  When you want to make a DIY recipe and just need one ingredient, you don't want to wait to get it shipped.


Or maybe you just need a cup.  Why pay upwards of $20 for one bottle shipped for one recipe?  In that case, this quick hydrosol recipe makes sense.


If you come back next week to see how to make a true hydrosol on the stove top.


What we are going to make today is technically an essential oil water.  It doesn't have the plant material in it, so it's not a true hydrosol.  


However, it does have some of the volatile oils from the plant, so it does have some of the properties of the essential oil and hydrosol.





What Are Hydrosols?


Hydrosols are the cousins to essential oils.  Essential oils are made by distilling plant materials, and so are hydrosols.  


During steam distillation, the water vapor heats the plant matter.  The steam is then quickly cooled, which condenses it into a liquid.


The oil is separated, which creates an essential oil.  The water that is leftover is a hydrosol.  


Hydrosols have similar properties to their essential oil counterparts, but they are a lot less concentrated.  They are only 1 to 2 percent plant material, and the rest is water.


Since hydrosols are mostly water, they need to be stored in the fridge.





How to Use Hydrosols


There are many hydrosols, so always check the safety information for each one.  Generally though, hydrosols can be used on those who can't use essential oils.  


They are generally considered safe for pets, children, and elderly.


You can use them in DIY beauty as a toner or for hair care.  They also make great room sprays.


Hydrosols are generally recognized as safe to ingest.  However, I do not recommend taking this essential oil water internally.  


You can not be sure that you've removed all of the essential oils, and I never recommend taking essential oils internally.





Which Essential Oils Can You Use?


You can use probably any essential oil to make a hydrosol with essential oils.  I'm not sure I'd recommend using cinnamon or any of the hot oils because the hydrosol may cause irritation if you use it topically.


However, cinnamon would make a lovely fall air freshener spray.  Just use common sense when making and using these essential oil waters.


I suggest using one of the following:




How to Make a Hydrosol With Essential Oils Ingredients


  • 1 cup boiled distilled water
  • 6-10 drops essential oils


Tools and Supplies


  • heat proof bowl
  • coffee filter


Directions


Step #1

Pour 1 cup of boiled distilled water into the bowl.


Step #2


Add 6 to 10 drops of essential oils.  Cover the bowl with a pan lid so the water will cool and condense and fall back into the bowl.  Let sit for 30 minutes.





Step #3


After half an hour, pour the essential oil water through a coffee filter.  This will remove the essential oil and let the water pass through.





Let cool completely.  Pour into a bottle and label.  Store in the fridge. 


Since this essential oil water is mainly water, it will have to be stored in the fridge.  It should last about six months.  If you notice that the smell is off or see mold growing, toss it immediately.


diy, hydrosol, essential oils
Yield: 8 ounces
Author: Cari @ Everything Pretty
Estimated cost: $5

How to Make Hydrosol With Essential OIls

prep time: 15 Mperform time: 1 hourtotal time: 1 H & 15 M
How to make a copycat hydrosol with essential oils.

materials:

  • 1 cup boiled distilled water
  • 6-10 drops essential oils

tools:

  • heat proof bowl
  • coffee filter

steps:

  1. Pour 1 cup of boiled distilled water into the bowl.
  2. Add 6 to 10 drops of essential oils. Cover the bowl with a pan lid so the water will cool and condense and fall back into the bowl. Let sit for 30 minutes.
  3. After half an hour, pour the essential oil water through a coffee filter. This will remove the essential oil and let the water pass through.
  4. Let cool completely. Pour into a bottle and label. Store in the fridge.
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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, and a goat. She loves coffee, Gilmore Girls, her chihuahua, and her kids, but not in that order.