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.
- Dispels confusion over what hydrolats and distilled waters actually are — equipping the therapist to make accurate choices in what to use for effective therapeutic interventions.
- Analyzes the science of hydrolats and sorts fact from wild claim.
- Extends the range of therapeutic interventions available to the practicing aromatherapist/massage therapist.
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
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
Life and death, life giving
Physical power of water
Water as solvent, cleanser
Judging by water
Water in the body, passage through body
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
Fragrant waters — methods of production, pharmacopoea, trituration, preservatives
Addition of alcohol
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
Chapter Six: Physical aspects
Keeping qualities — storage, temperature, time
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
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
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
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- © Churchill Livingstone 2004
- 3rd August 2004
- Churchill Livingstone
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Lecturer in Aromatherapy, Hinkley, Leicestershire, UK
Practitioner and Lecturer in Aromatherapy, Hinkley, Leicestershire, UK