Peppermint Hydrosol Benefits and Secrets for DIY Beauty Care
Peppermint aromatic water or hydrosol has numerous benefits for your skin, for you hair and for your health.
We all use peppermint herbs in our recipes from entrees to desserts…
But when it comes to skin care or hair care…or wellbeing….we could be a little bit lost.
In this post I wanted to share how to use the multiple facets of peppermint hydrosol.
Here is my guide: how to use this wonder of nature:
How is hydrosol produced?
Hydrosols, hydrolats or aromatic waters or floral waters are produced by steam distillation. It is produced during the same process as the production of essential oils. Once the distilled and condensed liquid is getting out of the still, it is separated into 2 different liquids thanks to its difference in density.
The small quantity of lightest liquid is the essential oil. And as the name is explaining by itself….we are talking about Essential Oil….this is a high concentration of the plants’ benefits.
Hydrosol or aromatic water, as its name stands for…is water (from the greek: hydro: water)…but hydrosols are not pure water, it contains much much more molecules than just hydrogen: H2, and Oxygen: O. Indeed we will also find menthol and menthone
We will need 1 kilogram of plant material to produce 1 litter of hydrosol to produce a good quality of peppermint aromatic water. This 1/1 ratio is important since this is guaranteeing an intense olfactive experience when using the aromatic water, this is also guaranteeing a good concentration of active or functional ingredients, and last but not least, this is enabling this aromatic water to naturally preserve itself from bacteriologic pollution 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!!!
Your hydrosols have to be used in a short period of time, or have to be stored in a cool dry place, in a well sealed bottle. Once opened, please use in the next 6 months.
It is not as concentrated as essential oils though…and can be used pure on skins, hair and can even be ingested.
Skeptical? Just remember your granny’s cakes with a light flavor of orange blossom…
Yes…your granny…and probably yourself, are using floral water, or hydrosols, in your recipes…sometimes without even knowing it.
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 tighten skin’s pores and to enlight dull and stressed skins.
Peppermint hydrosol is also well known to calm skin itches.
Peppermint aromatic water is also used for decades in case of excessive perspiration as well as against hot flash.
Peppermint hydrosol helps slow digestion and is timulating and balancing the nervous system.
It is also known by elderly to help for a good blood circulation.
DIY Uses of Peppermint Hydrosol:
-against hot flashes in synergy with Sage hydrosol
-excessive perspiration or sweating
-lack of energy
How to use it:
2 or 3 tsp in a glass of water
Applying on skin:
-mosquito repulsive in synergy with rosat geranium hydrosol
-calm and sooth skin and skalp itches
-calm razor burn and purify skin
-sooth and relax muscles
– a mouth wash can help you to keep a fresh breath and to sooth mouth ulcer
In your Kitchen:
Delicious in a fruit salad. Pour a tsp of peppermint hydrosol just before serving (never in a hot dish)
My summer tip to use peppermint hydrosol:
Make ice cubes up from peppermint aromatic water and use for a refreshing and surprising drink
Pregnant and breastfeeding women shouldn’t drink peppermint hydrosol without the supervision of a specialist. Peppermint hydrosol contains some cetones.
Children under the age of 3 shouldn’t drink peppermint hydrosol without the supervision of a specialist.
Enjoy the smell, the flavor, the nature
And be beautiful with nature
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