A True Find: Simplers Hydrosol (DIY for Ticks!)
A TRUE FIND: Simplers Therapeutic Hydrosols, Rose Geranium in particular
THE GOODS: First let me point out that Simplers botanical hydrosols are wonderful. I have used the Rose Therapeutic Hydrosol for a number of years, frequently spraying it on myself or in the air for a light rose mist. I didn’t know until yesterday when I saw it at my health food store, that the company also offered Rose Geranium Therapeutic Hydrosol (more about that and ticks later in the blog).
Why are hydrosols so great? I love them because they are so much less dense, I’d say mistier, than essential oils. They are, in fact, not oils at all. As Simplers Botanicals Company points out, hydrosols– or floral waters— are co-created along with essential oils during steam distillation of freshly harvested plants. In fact, the bulk of the total yield of this process is the hydrosol which is rich in water soluble hydrophilic elements of the original plants.
The gentleness and the benevolent nature of the hydrosols offer a myriad of treatment possibilities when a more subtle approach is required.
The reason I am so excited about a Rose Geranium hydrosol is that it is the best herb around for repelling ticks (all the old herbalist books write about this) so I can use it on myself and the dogs! No heavy scented essential oils which dogs are very sensitive to. Simplers’ hydrosols come in an easy spray bottle, and one can easily spritz a dog’s collar or one’s clothing. Just make sure not to use too much of it as that will irritate the dogs…just spritz a dog’s collar 3-4 times. (Note that cats may not like rose geranium.)
THE EXPERIENCE: I’m getting ready to go out to dinner and I just spritzed myself and it makes me feel fresh and alive. Hydrosols hydrate dry, sensitive, mature or oily skin. Use after cleansing or shower; apply before using facial oils or creams. They also:
* Soothe sunburn and minor irritations of the skin.
* Are excellent for frequent flyers or high & dry altitudes that can dry out the skin.
* Provide a light cooling mist during hot days outdoors or in a dry office.
* Are calming; add a few teaspoons to a bath.
A TIDBIT: Infants, elders, highly allergic, chronically or terminally ill individuals may better respond to protocols of aromatic hydrosols where dosages of concentrated essential oils would be contraindicated.
THE COMPANY: Simplers Botanical Company
Contact: 1 800 652 7646
office [at]simplers [dot] com
PO Box 2534, Sebastopol, California 95473
By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).