Hydrolates: Healing Water Distillates


Many people think Essential Oils are only used for aromatherapy, when in fact the elixirs have a multitude of uses and benefits to elevate any lifestyle. For thousands of years, people have turned to essential oils for several medicinal and health purposes. Even the essential oil hydrolates, popularly known as hydrosols, were used for the same purposes, dating as far back as 7000 years.

What are Hydrolates?


Hydrolates are by-products of the essential oil making process. When botanical plants are steam distilled, they release microscopic vapor droplets which are then collected and made into invigorating sprays like Oway’s Bio-Rich Water, Flowerfall and Tratto.

Depending on the essential oil used during the distillation process, below are some of the many benefits of using Hydrolates in your salon.

Hydrolates Benefits

Eliminates Toxins in the Air

Many people have a mistaken belief that commercial room sprays are more effective than natural-based ones. But nothing can be further from the truth. In fact, chemical-laden air fresheners can even cause more harm than good, such as allergies and respiratory issues.

Unlike commercial room sprays, hydrolates neutralize then eliminate odors instead of simply masking them with another chemical – not to mention hydrolates do not contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that cause adverse health effects. Instead, hydrolates offer aromatherapeutic benefits from essential oils.

Cleanses the Hair and Skin

Everyday pollutants are easily absorbed by our hair and skin. Constant exposure to these harmful elements immediately take a toll on our body’s normal functions. Hence, we experience hair loss, aging and other less desirable effects. A spray of hydrolates with citrus essence provides astringent and cleansing effects, thoroughly clearing the hair and skin of any pollutants.

Fights Bacteria

Hydrolates from plants like citrus fruits and geranium have natural antiseptic and disinfectant properties, which help fight off bacteria. Furthermore, they’re known for their ability to treat skin irritations and inhibit bacteria growth, which speeds up healing.


Gives a Mood-Elevating Aroma

Various studies have already proven the therapeutic benefits of essential oils. From relieving stress to reducing anxiety levels1, essential oils have helped with various nervous and emotional disorders. Since hydrolates contain all the healing components of essential oils, this miracle water is great for when you need to soothe and calm the nerves.

To create a relaxing ambiance in your salon, a few spritz of hydrolates containing Lavender, Bergamot, and Rose Essence is what you need.

Hydrates Skin and Hair

oway-flowerfallSeveral botanical oils offer amazing moisturizing benefits to the hair and skin. These benefits are infused in hydrolates during the distillation process; therefore, spraying these active waters can help improve the hair’s combability and the skin’s moisture levels. They can even be used in place of leave-in conditioners and lotions.

It is important to note that certain precautions must be observed when using hydrolates. Like some essential oils, these aromatic waters may also cause irritation. Although they are considered generally safe for topical use, we highly recommend doing a patch test before using them.

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1 Saiyudthong S and Marsden CA. Acute effects of bergamot oil on anxiety-related behaviour and corticosterone level in rats. Available: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21105176