I love the beauty of calendula flowers as well as her incredible skin-healing properties. After all, calendula oil is what was used in my infant son’s first massage. Last year I shared a tutorial on how to make your own Calendula Infused Oil that’s fabulous for skin all by itself, or as a carrier for skin nourishing essential oils like Lavender, Rose, Geranium, Palmarosa, and Frankincense.
Then, three days ago I experienced Calendula hydrosol for the first time and I’m already hooked!
Calendula hydrosol isn’t strongly aromatic because it doesn’t contain volatile essential oils. However, it does have a gentle and sweetly herbal aroma that I find delightful. It’s incredibly safe and has a million applications, particularly for the skin. If you’d like more information about these gorgeous waters, I wrote this post called What is a Hydrosol?
Here are 5 ways you can use this divine distillate:
- Use as a daily facial toner for all skin types from mature to acne-prone
- Spray on a baby’s bottom to soothe diaper rash
- Use in a spray or compress for shingles
- Replace your water with this hydrosol in any face cream recipes
- Spray on hot spots, cuts, wounds of animals. A much safer alternative to essential oils
Price, Len and Shirley Price. Understanding Hydrolats: The Specific Hydrosols for Aromatherapy.
I’ve been using Calendula hydrosol and German Chamomile hydrosol as a toner for the last couple of months. My skin has never been clearer. I’m a 40 year old who never outgrew the acne stage and finally, my skin looks great.
Can I make Hydrosol at home?
Hi Margaret! Yes you can create a sort of homemade version of hydrosol, but the best are really distilled in a copper alembic still.
If you’d like to give it a try, check out this blog post. And let me know how it goes! https://nelsonsherbs.wordpress.com/2012/05/28/hydrosol/
I have never experienced a hydrosol, but I would love to use them in my facial sessions for sure! I hope I can make my way to your next hydrosol class
Robin, nothing would please me more than to have you in my hydrosol class this June! There are so many applications for skin care as well as for kids and animals. I know you’d LOVE them!