Lavender Hydrosol smells much more like a diluted version of its corresponding essential oil than a number of other hydrosols. It, however, doesn't smell identical to the essential oil. It is fresh, light, slightly floral and sweet.
Lavender officianalis/Lavandula angustifolia
Up to 2 years if stored properly (refrigeration is recommended).
Reported Properties, Uses and Applications
Suzanne Catty reports that Lavender Hydrosol is suitable for all skin types, that it is helpful for delicate and aging skin, helps prevent ingrown hairs, and that it can help care for cuts, wounds, sunburn, bites, and heat rash. Emotionally, Lavender Hydrosol is soothing and sedating. It is a good choice for use babies and children. [Suzanne Catty, Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy (Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2001), 104-105.]
Len and Shirley Price report that the Lavender Hydrosol that they analyzed consists of 56-69% alcohols and 18-19% ketones (these ranges do not include the water present in the hydrosol) and possesses the following properties: "analgesic, anticoagulant, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, bactericidal, calming, cicatrizant, decongestant, digestive, expectorant, lipolytic, mucolytic, sedative, stimulant." [Len Price and Shirley Price, Understanding Hydrolats: The Specific Hydrosols for Aromatherapy: A Guide for Health Professionals (London: Churchill Livingstone, 2004), 114.]
Jeanne Rose adds that Lavender Hydrosol is balancing, cooling, toning, hydrating, reduces mental fatigue and is useful for jet lag. [Jeanne Rose, 375 Essential Oils and Hydrosols (Berkeley, CA: Frog, Ltd, 1999), 170.]
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