I love using essential oils in my home, but I want to be careful not to overuse them, too. Essential oils have so many benefits because they are so concentrated and powerful ~ which is exactly what can make them dangerous, too. Too much exposure to essential oils can cause headaches, dizziness, and dermal sensitization. That's not even getting into internal use!
I've begun working with hydrosols for a few of my aromatherapy recipes and I am so happy I gave it a try. Hydrosols are really versatile, just like essential oils, but much more mild. They are actually the byproduct of essential oil production (sometimes) and are filled with the beneficial plant compounds of the herb they're made from just like oils. Mountain Rose Herbs has a great resource on them:
Hydrosols are usually the result of essential oil production as a by-product but the highest quality hydrosols come from the devoted distillers who, with artist like precision steam the floral and plant material strictly to produce a hydrosol. (The Hydrosols offered by Mountain Rose Herbs are produced in this fashion) Hydrosols contain all of the essence of the plant in every drop, just like essential oils but in a milder form; making them suitable for all manner of applications where essential oils would be too strong.
I absolutely love using them in my aromatherapy spray. While I do include essential oils in it as well, using a hydrosol base allows me to use less EOs while still achieving the strength I want and not worry about over-exposure to essential oils.
This uplifting aromatherapy spray is my BFF at home, all day long. I use it as a room freshener, fabric refresher (like “febreeze!”), and body spray. The herbal ingredients used support focus, positivity, and mental clarity. So it's a great boost to have around throughout the day!
DIY Uplifting Aromatherapy Spray
- 3/4 oz. neroli hydrosol
- 1/4 oz witch hazel extract
- 5 drops clary sage essential oil
- 3 drops ginger essential oil
- 1 drop peppermint essential oil
Combine all the ingredients in a 1 glass spray bottle. Shake it up before you spritz! Use as a room mist, linen spray, or body spray.
Of course, you can play around with whatever hydrosols and EOs you want to use for the aromatherapy effect you want. I *love* rose hydrosol for more calming applications.