Peppermint aromatic water or hydrosol has numerous benefits for your skin, for your hair and for your health.
We all use peppermint herbs in our recipes from starters to desserts…
But when it comes to skin care or hair care…or wellbeing….we can all get a little bit lost sometimes!
In this post we wanted to share all the different ways you can use peppermint hydrosol at home.
How is hydrosol produced?
Hydrosols, hydrolats or aromatic waters or floral waters are produced by steam distillation. They are produced during the same process as the production of essential oils. Once the distilled and condensed liquid comes out of the still, it is naturally separated into 2 different liquids thanks to the difference in density. (exactly like mixing oil and water)
The small quantity of the lightest liquid is the essential oil. And as per its name, has the highest concentration of the plants’ benefits.
Hydrosol or aromatic water, as its name suggests is water but with a twist! It also contains some tiny particles of the plants’ oils. As it isn’t as highly concentrated as the essential oil, it is perfectly safe to use pure on your skin, hair or even ingest it.
A kilogram of plant material is needed to produce 1 liter of hydrosol of peppermint. This 1/1 ratio is important since it guarantees an intense olfactive experience when using the aromatic water and guarantees a good concentration of active or functional ingredients. Last but not least, this also enables the aromatic water to naturally preserve itself from bacterias without using chemical preservatives.
Be aware of the quality of hydrosols you buy. It has to be free of any chemicals if you want to ingest it!
Please note that hydrosols have to be used in a short period of time or be stored in a cool dry place in a well sealed bottle. Once opened, please use in the next 6 months and keep in the refrigerator.
Peppermint Hydrosol’s Card Index:
Smell: Strong, fresh minty with a sweet note
Flavor: Very minty, refreshing, lightly sweet
PH: 4.5 to 6.0 . The optimal skin PH is 5.5, has to be between 4 to 6. So this hydrosol is perfect to be used pure on skin.
in very small concentration: menthone (cetone of mint), menthol (mint alcohol)
Peppermint Hydrosol Benefits for your DIY Beauty Recipes:
Tonic and refreshing aromatic water.
This hydrosol is perfect to shrink your pores and to elluminate dull and stressed skin.
Peppermint hydrosol also does wonders for itchy skin, bug bites, digestion, blood pressure and even hot flashes.
Uses of Peppermint Hydrosol:
-Against hot flashes in synergy with Sage hydrosol
-Excessive perspiration or sweating
-Lack of energy
-If you keep in your mouth as a mouthwash for a few seconds, it does wonders for breath and mouth ulcers
How to use it:
2 or 3 tsp in a glass of water
Applying on skin:
-Calms and soothes skin and scalp itches
-Calms razor burns and purifies skin to avoid ingrown hairs
-Soothes and relaxes muscles
In your Kitchen:
Delicious in a fruit salad. Pour a tsp of peppermint hydrosol just before serving (never in a hot dish)
Our summer tip: make ice cubes up from peppermint aromatic water. It is super refreshing and your guests will love it!
Pregnant and breastfeeding women shouldn’t drink peppermint hydrosol without the supervision of a specialist. Peppermint hydrosol contains some cetones and can decrease your milk production.
Children under the age of 3 shouldn’t drink peppermint hydrosol without the supervision of a specialist.
We hope you have enjoyed this post!
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The Spoiled Bee Xx