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Understanding Hydrolats: The Specific Hydrosols for Aromatherapy

A Guide for Health Professionals

Distilled waters, or hydrolats, are therapeutic in many ways, and yet little has been written to clarify their properties and clinical applications. This book details the nature, properties (where known), and nomenclature of hydrolats, and gathers in one source the sure and sensible facts about distilled waters. Already used by aromatherapists interested in extending their therapeutic range, this book provides all therapists with the confidence to practice safely with a solid understanding of the value of hydrolats.

Paperback, 300 Pages

Published: August 2004

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-443-07316-8

Contents

  • Introduction

    The first aromatherapy

    Is natural safe?

    Why are waters not used more?

    Sourcing good materials

    Advantages of distilled waters

    What is their composition?

    Scientific proof — what is it?

    Other water based plant extracts

    Chapter One: Historical background

    Egypt — Nile, Edfu, priest embalmers, architects
    Aromatics worldwide — China, India, Middle East, Jewish, Greek, Roman

    Development of distillation — golden age of the Arabs, alcohol, alchemists

    Crusades

    Monasteries

    Paracelsus

    Perfumes

    New plants

    Still rooms

    Renaissance herbals

    Hungary water, carmelite water, eau de cologne

    Rise of science

    Fall and resurrection of plant medicine — 20th century pioneers

    Chapter Two: The nature of water

    Universal distillation process

    Introduction

    Basic necessity

    Life and death, life giving

    Physical power of water

    Visual aspect

    Water as solvent, cleanser

    Judging by water

    Water in the body, passage through body

    Bottled water

    Treatments with water — Thalassotherapy, spa treatments

    Scientists who investigated water — Priestley, Cavendish, Watt, Lavoisier, Laplace

    Structure of liquid water — hydrogen bonding, polar solvent

    Molecules soluble in water, increased dilution

    Chapter Three: Terminology and nomenclature

    Introduction — what’s in a name?

    How waters are obtained

    Current terminology — aromatic water, essential water, prepared water, distilled water, floral water, hydrolat, medicated water

    Colloids, hydrosols, suspensions

    Cohobation — water oil, are cohobated waters therapeutic?

    Chapter Four: Prepared waters

    Identifying the product

    Not distilled

    Internal use

    Fragrant waters — methods of production, pharmacopoea, trituration, preservatives

    Addition of alcohol

    Hydroessentials

    Witch hazel

    DIY home made

    Chapter Five: The plants utilized

    Kinds of plants used

    Extraction process — distillation, water quality, pH of water used, still hardware, distillation time

    Plants used — which parts of plants

    Yield of water

    Volatile molecules in distilled waters — quantity, kind of molecules, artefacts in waters

    Therapeutic value

    Chapter Six: Physical aspects

    Keeping qualities — storage, temperature, time

    Temperature

    Time

    Preservatives

    Appearance

    Density

    pH

    Odour

    Quality

    Cost

    Chapter Seven: Discussion of Analyses

    Discussion of molecules found in hydrolats

    Table of molecules found in waters

    Chemistry of aromatic molecules

    Chapter Eight: Alphabetical listing of waters with description, properties and indications

    Chapter Nine: Methods of use and dosage

    Reasons for using waters

    Uses of distilled waters

    External use — baths, compresses, douches, eyes, hair, nebulizers, skin care, creams, lotions, sprays, vaporisers

    Internal uses

    Beverages, teas

    Culinary use

    Digestive problems

    Gargles, mouthwashes

    Rectal use

    Vaccinations

    Dispersants

    Cautions and safe use

    Chapter 9a: Recipes

    Common ailments: circulation, colds and flu, detoxification, diarrhoea, digestive, eyes, general health, hair, hypertension, legs, lice, lymph, nervous system, respiratory, rheumatism, skin, slimming, teeth, tonic, urinary problems

    Baby and child care

    Culinary recipes

    Making your own hydrolats

    Chapter Ten: Case studies

    Chapter Eleven: Teas, infusions, decoctions

    Appendix A: Therapeutic index
    Appendix B: Index of therapeutic properties of hydrolats
    Appendix C: Plant list - Scientific and common names
    Appendix D: Analyses of hydrolats


    Glossary

    References

    Index

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