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Introductory Guide to Hydrosols

Hydrosols

Fresh, expertly produced hydrosols offer numerous benefits for skin care, emotional well-being, spiritual applications and so much more. When used correctly, they can be gentler to use than essential oils and are often recommended by clinical aromatherapists for children and pets when essential oils are too potent for use.

A hydrosol is the aromatic water that remains after steam-distilling or hydro-distilling botanical material such as lavender. The plant material used in the distillation process imparts the hydrosol with the water-soluble aromatic and therapeutic properties of the plant. Learn more by reading AromaWeb's Introduction to Hydrosols.

Hydrosols offer countless benefits and can be used in an endless number of ways. See AromaWeb's Hydrosol Uses guide to learn more and read about many of the ways that you can incorporate hydrosols into your lifestyle.

View profiles for 38 Hydrosols and learn much more about hydrosols including general safety and shelf life info by visiting AromaWeb's Hydrosol Directory.


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What is Phototoxicity and How Does It Apply to Using Essential Oils?

Phototoxicity

Photosensitization and phototoxicity occur when phototoxic essential oil constituents (natural chemicals found in particular essential oils), particularly furocoumarins (FCs), react when exposed to ultraviolet light. Inflammation, blistering and reddening/burning of the skin are common.

Learn more and view a list of phototoxic essential oils by reading AromaWeb's Guide to Phototoxicity and Essential Oils.


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Sustainability Risks and Conservation of Essential Oil Bearing Plants

Conservation and Sustainability of Essential Oil Bearing Plants

It takes a HUGE amount of plant material to produce essential oils. For example, it takes all of the petals from 30-50 roses to produce a single drop of Rose Otto Essential Oil. [Source: Andrea Butje, The Heart of Aromatherapy (Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, Inc., 2017), 6.]

We cannot assume that the essential oils that we have easy and reasonably affordable access to today will be available to us indefinitely if we do not each play our part in responsible usage, conservation and sustainability efforts.

It is so important for us all to do our best to use essential oils sensibly and spend time learning about which essential oil bearing plants are endangered or are at-risk.


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300 Shareable Essential Oil Images Available on AromaWeb

Essential Oil and Aromatherapy Images

Looking for essential oil information to share with your friends, colleagues and your social media audience? Visit AromaWeb's expanded Shareable Images area to choose from over 300 free, eye-catching images that can be used to share links to helpful essential oil articles, guides, recipes and oil profiles

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