Understanding Hydrolats: The Specific Hydrosols for Aromatherapy

1st Edition

A Guide for Health Professionals

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Key Features

  • 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.

Table of 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 w

Details

No. of pages:
300
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2004
Published:
Imprint:
Churchill Livingstone
Print ISBN:
9780443073168

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