Our Top 10 Ways to Use Hydrosols

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Our Top 10 Ways to Use Hydrosols

Hydrosols are amazingly gentle, safe, and easy-to-use products that can be used in tons of ways. They’re more diluted than essential oils since a hydrosol is – very simply put – the light and refreshing aromatic water that is distilled with essential oils.

This generally makes hydrosols much safer to use than essential oils, especially for small children, most pets, pregnant and nursing mothers, and the elderly.

Here are our top 10 favorite uses for hydrosols:

1. Facial Toners

Rose, Helichrysum, Tea Tree, and Melissa Hydrosols make wonderful facial toners. They are safe and gentle enough to use directly on the face. Just spray onto a cotton pad and wipe onto your face. Helichrysum and Rose help balance the skin by reducing facial redness or dryness. Melissa and Tea Tree promote healthy skin as well, especially for those who are prone to blemishes. You can also add these to facial products you currently use to enjoy their benefits.

2. Soothe sunburns and minor cooking burns


Lavender, Rose, and Chamomile Hydrosols are incredibly soothing to skin that has experienced minor burning. At any time you are experiencing the discomfort of a burn, just spritz on the affected skin to soothe any redness.

3. Offer emotional support

Rose, Melissa, and Lavender Hydrosols help bring comfort and calm after a long, hectic day. They can also be used to help during times of sadness, to uplift and calm the senses. You can spray them directly onto your skin, clothes, pillows, or linens. You can also add ¼ – ½ cup of hydrosol to a warm bath to help relax.

4. Encourage a restful nights sleep

For a relaxing atmosphere that promotes a good night of rest, try Lavender, Chamomile, or Rose Hydrosol. You can mist it on linens, furniture, and pillows before bedtime to help unwind and relax. These hydrosols are also wonderful for babies and young children, to promote calmness and help soothe them to sleep.

5. Cool the body

Whether feeling too hot from dealing with heat, exercise, or hormonal changes, Peppermint Hydrosol is well known for its invigorating and refreshing cooling properties. Mist the skin liberally to feel instantly cooler.

6. Soothe rough, reddened skin

Woman looking at her skin in the mirror

Lavender, Chamomile, and Rose Hydrosols are calming, soothing, and safe enough to use on any age – from very young children to older adults. Reach for these hydrosols when you want to soothe skin that is rough, red, and irritated.

7. For minor scrapes 

Minor scrapes happen to everyone. After rinsing the wound with soap and water, simply spray on Tea Tree Hydrosol to help relieve discomfort and support the healing process.

8. Soothe itchiness 

To help soothe itchy skin, Tea Tree, Peppermint, and Lavender Hydrosols provide quick relief. Just spray on the area of concern and

9. Support acne-prone skin 

If you have skin that is prone to blemishes and breakouts, Tea Tree, Melissa, and Chamomile Hydrosols make for amazing compliments to your current skincare routine.

10. Hair Care

Nourish and strengthen your hair with hydrosols. If you have dry or damaged hair, try Rose and Lavender Hydrosols to help support healthy hair!

Hydrosols are water-based products and should be stored in the fridge upon purchase. They also generally have a shelf life of one year, and now that you’re equipped with all of these ideas for using them, there is no reason to let a drop go to waste! Additionally, Peppermint Hydrosol should not be used with children under the age of 3.

These are only 10 of our favorite ways to use them, but trust us — there are so many more ways! Check out each product page or profile to learn more!


135 thoughts on “Our Top 10 Ways to Use Hydrosols”

  • I think I have referenced this blog post numerous times. First for my daughters curly hair, then for a friend having hot flashes, etc… now for my 10 year old son whose starting to get some pimples! I only wish there was a sample pack of hydrosols so I could try them all! I am debating between tea tree, which I know is great for breakouts and Melissa because he also could use something to reduce his anxiety. Thanks PTfor the great info and great products!

  • I was offered the organic chamomile hydrosols as an add-on, and am excited to receive it! This will be my first experience with hydrosols. Thank you for this informative blog post!

  • I just ordered the Chamomile as an add-on. Great deal! I am excited to use it to support my son’s sleep and dry skin. I am going to try it on my face as a toner also. Thanks for the helpful information Plant Therapy!

  • After reading this blog I’m going to invest in getting a few of the hydrosols to try this summer to help with skin issues due to the weather.

  • Love this blog ! Such great information for those of us new to oils. I’ve been wanting to try hydrosols and now have three I want to order and start with . Thank you Plant Therapy , for the wonderfully informative blogs !

  • I have been using helichrysum hydrasol on my beloved dog. He has arthritis in his back and I feel that this would be the best one for inflammation. Do you have a different suggestion?

  • After reading this article I am now going to buy Tea Tree hydrosol and Lavender hydrosol. I love the Rose and Helichrysum!

  • This is awesome. I’m going to bookmark this so I can easily look back on it later. I think my next order will be hydrosols.

  • Thank you for the information. I love hydrosols and am usually confused on nwhat one is for which ailment

  • I just bought my first hydrosol (Helichrysum) and am so excited to try it once it arrives! Plan on using for my son’s eczema and will try as a toner for myself. Want to try rose once it’s back in stock. =)

  • I’ve been looking for an easy way to spray an essential oil and freshen up a room. It looks like I need to get into hydrosols! Lavender looks like the most versatile. Can it be stored in the fridge safely with any type of foods in there? Also, when is it best applied to the hair? While it’s wet, damp, or dry? Before or after washing? Would a hydrosol work as a detangler?

    1. Jessie, I have never had a problem storing hydrosols in the fridge with my food, but if you’re concerned you can always put your hydrosols in zip-up plastic bags. As for when you can spray hydrosol on your hair – whenever you want! It’s a nice way to freshen up dry hair halfway through the day or when you just want your hair to give off a lovely scent. It’s also nice after a shower and will add a nice scent without being heavy or greasy. Alone, it won’t work as a detangler, BUT we do have a great recipe for a detangler using Rose Hydrosol right here: https://blog.planttherapy.com/blog/2018/07/06/beach-hair-detangler-diy/

  • This post is great & I definitely want to order a hydrosol to help with my daughter’s “back-ne”. Of the 3 listed as good for acne, which would you recommend, tea tree, Melissa or chamomile?

    1. Shannon, I would recommend Tea Tree. That’s my go-to for both myself and my preteen son and we have found a lot of success with it 🙂

  • I’m just now starting to play with hydrosols and this post was super helpful. I’m excited to try the lavender as a linen spray – thank you!

  • Hydrosols were recommended to me as a safer use of essential oils around pets. I’m excited to try them and find this list helpful

  • Wow!!! I need to get more hydrosols!! I currently have tea tree and heli but looks like you can definitely use lavender for lots of things!! Adding that to my wish list!!

  • This is a great post – very informative. I have been using Rose hydrosol on my hair and face, and have definitely noticed a difference! Heli is my next fav. Once you get past the smell, the product is great on itchy skin.

  • I’m glad I read this as I didn’t know it was important to keep my hydrosols in the refrigerator.

    1. Great post. Bought a lot of hydrosols in December. Am enjoying learning about them and using them. Adjusting to the different scents.

  • I’m new on this EO journey. Started with roll ons, diffusing n inhalers. Heard soo much about hydrosol recently. Just ordered tea tree hydrosol for my teenage daughter last week n Roman chamomile hydrosol as an add on for another order. Can’t wait to try them when they arrives.

  • What would be the best hydrosol to use for excema on the hands for an adult? Also what essential oil would you recomend adding to it? Also for a child under 2 years old with very dry skin during the winter, what would you suggest?

    1. Do you apply it to your hair in the shower before or after washing? Or can you put it in when your hair is damp or dry? What timing of application has worked best for you? Thanks!

    1. Megan, in my opinion, the only one we have that smells like it’s oil counterpart is the Rose Hydrosol. Since Hydrosols have a different chemical makeup than their oils, the scents will not be the exact same.

      1. The Hydrosols will have a different chemical makeup than their Essential Oil counterparts. Due to this, the scent will not be the same as the EO itself. The only hydrosol that I personally think smells very similar to it’s EO is the Rose Hydrosol.

  • Helichrysum hydrosol followed by a layer of aloe jelly has been a wonderful solution to sunburn! And I really enjoy the slight maple syrup smell of it!

  • I have not tried any hydrosols but I am definitely excited to try some. I pinned this blog so I will have some ideas when I get some

  • Which hydrosols would be ok to use on children? I’m thinking they might be nice to prevent or soothe diaper rash.

  • I have several PT Hydrosols, and use Rose the most, by far. I’ve used the Lavender on my grandson’s diaper rash. Haven’t really used the Helichrysum or Roman Chamomille much yet. I’ll keep this blog for future reference.

    1. Rose hydrosol is definitely a gem! It’s even wonderful to spray for no other reason than having that wonderful rose aroma!

  • I’ve had such great luck with hydrosols and think I’ve tried most of the ways on this list (not yet the cooling spray though). I really like how they are safer (i.e. pregnancy, small children, pets). I use heli daily on my face and rose in my hair, and they all work for “boo boo” sprays. I haven’t tried peppermint yet and was sad to see geranium and calendula discontinued. Any chance you’ll add more hydrosols in the future? They are wonderful and I’d love to try more.

  • I’d love to use the lavender Hydrosol for my hair, but I am afraid I would never use it since it says to store them in the fridge… with two young kids I do everything on the go, and having to go to the fridge in the middle of my lightning fast morning or evening routine to get the bottle would not work too well and I’d end up forgetting to use them…

  • I have never heard or used Hydrosol before, I ordered Lavender see how it works, My favorite smell is Lavender so can’t go wrong.

  • I purchased Helichysum for my daughters roasea. She has had great results even better than what the dermatologist had her doing. I also had my husband using it for itching he was experiencing under a back brace with great results. I would recommend that everyone keep a bottle on hand.

  • Which Hydrosol is the most versatile? I have never used them and I am still pretty new to oils so I don’t want to buy a bunch of them.

    1. One is not better than any other. They all have benefits that differ from each other and can be used for different things. 🙂

  • Are the hydrosols colorless? I ask because my white hair picks up tints easily. I’m especially interested in the in using the Rose hydrosol in my hair.

  • I have both Tea Tree and Rose, I love love the Rose, I use it as a perfume. My teenage son uses the Tea Tree as a toner on his face. I love hydrosols!

  • I love all these ideas & have recently started using hydrosols. They are perfect to use on my lil ones red dry skin. I love them so much I did buy extra because of the 15% sale. Thanks PT

  • I just finished my Helichrysum Hydrosol. In the beginning I did not like the smell but I got used to it and liked the results. Now I am waiting for big bottles of Rose and Tea Tree to arrive. Exited to try them!

  • I was recently gifted a Rose Hydrosol to use before and after surgery and wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. These are great ideas and I never realized what they could be used for! So many possibilities!

  • I love hydrosols so much. I think I use more than oils. So easy to spray your face or hair and you can do it as much as you want. My absolute favorite is heli for my skin. It makes it feel almost like velvet. It doesn’t smell great imo but the smell fades in like a minute. Rose is also wonderful for hair or skin. My youngest loves it and anytime we get a boo boo we tell her to get the rose out of the fridge and it always “helps”. The problem is I think she imagines injuries just to use rose more often. IF you haven’t tried them you should!

  • I have been using heli on my 1 year old for excema and it offers him immediate relief, he will stop scratching the minute I apply it. It also takes care of the redness. Thank you plant therapy!
    Can’t wait to try rose hydrosol next ☺️

    1. Hydrosols aren’t the same as essential oils, they are a byproduct of distillation. They are much gentler and do not eat at plastic.

  • Rose is my favorite! I use it for my hair and face. My daughter thinks its a special treat when she gets a squirt before bed.

  • This is interesting. I have never tried hydrosols before but will will definitely add rose and lavender on my next purchase and hopefully it will do wonders on my dry and damaged hair.

  • Rose and Peppermint hydrosols are my favorites!Perfect for Florida all year long=)))Thank You for nice post.

  • I love spritzing Melissa on my oily/acne prone face after my showers. It tightens my pores and makes my face feel clean and refreshed. Trying rose next

    1. Thank you for sharing, Lori! Hydrosols are so wonderful for skin. I love hearing how much our customers are using them to deal with acne and blemishes 🙂

  • Im glad I saw this, I did not know you had Hydrosol products. I will be ordering Rose and Lavender ASAP! I have so much trouble sleeping, I want to try this. Thank you!

  • I’m so glad to see this list! I’ve looked up the individual hydrosols many times but it’s hard to remember which is good for what. I’m going to write this list in my notes for quick reference.

  • Ooh I haven’t tried hydrosols yet! They sound like a great addition to facial care. Now, how to pick the first one to try…

  • I absolutely love the rose hydrosol. I use it as a toner for my face and it’s never felt so soft. I even went back to my store-bought “rose” toner so that I could finish it up, and I definitely noticed a difference. It didn’t make my skin feel nearly as good.

    1. Thank you so much for sharing, Melissa! I use the Rose Hydrosol in the same way and completely agree – it’s hard to go back to your other products when you get used to the REAL all-natural thing!

  • This is such a great article thanks for sharing. I have been using rose hydrosol in my hair and for a face toner for the last year. I love the smell it is so easy to use. I just got peppermint hydrosol during the July sales. It has helped so much during the summer heat. I also loved the scent its just like a earthy sweet candy smell. I have been using lavender for sunburns and skin issues for the last year. I love them all and cannot wait to add some more to my collection in the future.

  • I love all the uses for hydrosols here! I used to spray lavender on my pillow at bedtime, but have not done that in awhile. I love the idea of using these as a toner and on hair. Can’t wait to try!

  • I’m enjoying my Hydrosols. I may have to buy Melissa and Lavender next. I make a linen spray but may try the hydrosol instead. I may also try to use it as a pre spray for my new crystal deodorant stick.

  • This has definitely opened my eyes to the different uses (especially the one on spraying on linen to encourage sleep for the kids!) – will need to add this to my shopping list for next time.

  • I recently started using Rose Hydrosol as a facial toner. My skin is defiantly more even. I love the smell and find it very relaxing right before bed. I’ve also used it as the base for my daughters hair detangler. It’s beautiful.

  • Interesting – I had no idea lavender was also good for hair – not that I needed another excuse to use lavender : )

  • I spray my face with Melissa most mornings, a great pick me up, refreshing and cleansing … gues it’s also good for my skin.

  • I love my rose hydrosol I got from you guys. I might need to get lavender now too. Does it smell like lavender?

  • LOVE LOVE LOVE my hydrosols! Rose is definitely a favorite for my hair and facial toner! Thanks for the post 🙂

  • I make a toner for my daughter…it call for witch hazel and distilled water, along with essential oils. Can a hydrosols be used inplace of the distilled water? She get cyst acne and is look for a little help

    1. You can absolutely use a hydrosol in that manner. I would give Tea Tree Hydrosol a try first, as I personally have found it to be really effective for my own acne. Make sure your daughter’s skin in cleansed gently first (I recommend giving micellar water a try – it’s an easy way to clean completely, without scrubbing, which may aggravate her acne); then put the Tea Tree Hydrosol on a cotton pad and use it as a toner. It can be used alone, but if you’ve found witch hazel to be effective, then continue to use it. I hope this helps! If you need any more help, don’t hesitate to contact our awesome aromatherapists at [email protected]

  • First, let me comment on picture #4 about getting a good nights sleep. LOL, I can practically see the drool coming out of his mouth. About hydrosols: so far I only have the Rose. I have weird skin. Even though I’m 62, I still get breakouts & clogged pores. On top of that I have ultra sensitive skin. The Rose is fabulous! It’s so soothing & refreshing. After I wash my face or use a clay mask, I spritz on the Rose & it calms my skin right down. I LOVE the scent of roses! I wish I could afford gallons of this because I’d really love to just bathe in it.

    1. Thank you so much for sharing! We are so glad Rose Hydrosol works so well for you. And ahhhhhh the smell! It’s so lovely!

  • I love the Hydrosols! What are the best ones to blend for hair care? Also, I’ve read before that you can add water to a partially empty bottle to make it last longer. My question is how much is too much water to add before it loses its therapeutic properties?

    1. Great question Vicki! Generally I do not recommend diluting hydrosols down any further than 50%. For hair care, it would really depend on your concerns. My favorite by far is Rose hydrosol. It can be quite helpful for dry, aging, and/or damaged hair and helps to combat frizz!

  • I have used Melissa as a facial toner. It is refreshing but can be drying, but that can be good for clearing up acne. Look forward to trying these ideas.

    1. That’s great you have found success with Melissa, Mary! If you find it too drying for using over your entire face, you may just want to spray down a cotton pad and use it directly on blemishes. Then maybe follow up with Rose Hydrosol as all-over toner. Hope whatever idea you try works just right for you!

  • Am definitely tempted to give these a try, especially for some of the EOs that I’ve never tried before – would probably help me figure out if I would like it as an EO.

    1. Unfortunately none of our aromatherapists are trained in animal aromatherapy so we cannot answer questions concerning pets.

  • Love my hydrosols!!! I’ve been using heli and lavender on irritated skin and it’s helped with the itchiness and redness. Rose smells amazing-I’ve sprayed my hair and pillow, even my body for a natural and subtle perfume

  • Of all the reasons to try hydrosols dry damaged hair is the one for me. I’ve used essential oils for 4 or 5 years now and I’ve never used hydrosols. But the idea of spritzing my hair with a healthy, gentle but effective spray has me placing my next order for both the Rose and Lavender hydrosols!

  • Hydrosols are high on my list for daily usage. A mix of rose, lavender and helichrysum for a nighttime toner. Morning toner is usually melissa (sometimes with chamomile). For scrapes and owies, tea tree and lavender. For calming and soothing, lavender and chamomile. For cooling down after working in the yard, peppermint and chamomile.
    The list goes on! Love using Plant Therapy hydrosols – no worry about dilution or safety around my fur-babies.

  • Rose and Tea tree hydrosols are my favorites! Rose for my face and Tea Tree for all the scrapes that show up on kids the summer☺️.

  • Are they good for things like bug repellent and mosquito on dogs outside? I have often wondered if hydrofoils are strong enough to allow for my dog not to be bothered by bugs. I really care about my dog, and his health, and hydrofoils seem to be the way to go, but I want to know if it’s effective.

  • I find that I mostly use my hydrosols as facial toners/spritzs. I love them. I have tried using peppermint for cooling during hot flashes and I keep the bottle in the fridge. I find that it does help but doesn’t offer any long lasting relief other than a minute. Although peppermint does feel nice and cooling on a sunburn.

    1. I enjoy peppermint essential oil and so I ordered the peppermint hydrosol. I’m disappointed in the hydrosol fragrance, as it smells more medicinal. Can I add peppermint essential oil to the hydrosol to improve the fragrance, and still use it to spray on my skin for cooling?

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