I’ve been contemplating making a hydrosol for a minute now, especially since the herbs in my kitchen garden are starting to flourish. Combined with apple cider vinegar, a hydrosol can make a fantastic final hair rinse. Whipped in your fave butter, hydrosols can make the creamiest of leave-in conditioners. But what exactly is a hydrosol?
Hydrosols are the steam distilled essences of plants and botanicals. Far gentler than the essential oils they are made in conjunction with, hydrosols can be used in their pure form, directly on the skin and hair. They can sometimes have unexpected aromas, but they are usually have mild, herbal scents that disappear quickly after drying.
There are many hydrosols made from plants that can be beneficial in natural hair care. These gentle botanical waters can be used in cleansing rinses, scalp toners, or as an ingredient in creams, soaps, or conditioners.