每一滴花水都包含了整株植物的精華, 這精油分子統統都溶解在水裡. 含豐富的天然維他命和礦物質, 抗氧化物質, 和超氧陰離子清除活性, 是非常超卓的深層補濕液. 花水很溫和, 但功能非常有療效, 能使肌膚濕潤柔和, 細緻及減少乾紋. 令肌膚解渴及再生.
純露也被稱為花水、植物水. 它們都不含添加物, 這是品質最純的定義. 真正的純露是直接從天然植物經蒸餾萃取, 是百分百的天然液. 每一滴天然純露都包含了整株植物, 這含有水溶性成份、精油分子和植物採收時體內流動的汁液. 這些統統都溶解在水裡, 讓這 ”水 ” 不只是水. 它含有高溶解量的精華, 將芳香療法中所有的芳香物質帶進治療的程序裡. 純露擁有香味、味道、各種天然化學分子以及療效的液體. 它就像精油一樣含有植物的生命力. 其水溶性的特質使得純露在使用和吸收上更方便, 像平常使用的維他命、礦物質和香草一樣. 純露與精油之間的協同作用非常良好, 適合共同使用在芳香療法的各方面使用.
純露很溫和, 卻十分有效. 可以不經稀釋就進行大部分的外用. 你可以像用水一般的使用純露, 但事實上, 它們和水之間有著許多不同之處. 純露確實包含一些精油特性, 所以不論您選擇哪一種純露, 它都具有部分精油的自然成份, 而您亦可得到像使用該種精油所能得到的益處. 未稀釋的純露可以噴灑在身上或面上, 能快速地恢復精神、刺激循環或冷卻體溫等. 最適合用來處理皮膚病患, 對皮膚炎、濕疹、減少日曬傷害、一般切割傷和創傷等症狀都有良好反應. 有些純露還有抗病毒和消炎及幫助身體排毒的功能.
對於經常嚴重大量失水的皮膚來說, 每天早晚在臉上及脖子上噴上天然純露, 用這水來潤澤你的的肌膚, 並且讓它自然風乾, 是一項最棒的美容治療法. 真正的純露對皮膚護理有非常好的效果, 持續使用後, 皮膚會顯得比較柔軟、濕潤、有彈性, 皺紋也會比之前減少. 純露加入任何一種美髮產品中能產生絕佳的功效.
What is a Hydrosols?
Hydrosols are the aromatic waters that occur as a co-product of Essential Oil distillation. There are a number of other (and some less than accurate) names for these: hydrolats, floral waters (although they are obtained from more than just flowers), herbal waters, etc. Also, authentic hydrosols are not to be confused with products made by combining Essential Oils or Absolutes with plain/distilled water. There are as many hydrosols as there are Essential Oils, and as awareness of their potential increases, we see many more diverse hydrosols become available due to the demand for them.
In the distillation process, plant material is either subjected to steam or is immersed in boiling water, or both. In any of these cases, the heat causes the cells of the plant material that hold the Essential Oil to soften and release their contents. This oil is volatile and rises as a vapor with the steam into cooling tubes, from which two products result - the Essential Oil, and the steam that cools (condenses) into water. The condensed cellular water of the plant - known as the hydrosol - contains many components and includes the water-soluble (hydrophilic) micro-molecules of some of the components found in the Essential Oil of the plant. According to Kurt Schnaubelt in his book Medical Aromatherapy - Healing with Essential Oils, aromatic hydrosols provide an elegant alternative and are "eminently useful for aromatherapy treatments, especially for children, when the use of the Essential Oil might be too strong." Also, many constituents in hydrosols are different from those found in the Essential Oil from the same plant material. As such, while hydrosols may have actions similar to their Essential Oil counterparts, they may have other attributes their Essential Oil counterparts would not.
Suzanne Catty, author of Hydrosols - the Next Aromatherapy, states: "…hydrosols can be seen as micro-doses of [essential] oil" and, when further diluted in water, become akin to homeopathic in their action. This is one of the reasons why the gentleness of hydrosols is ideally suited in the delivery of their attributes for children, the elderly, and those with pronounced sensitivities. They are also a profound and delightful way to experience and appreciate the life force - with all its potentiality for wholeness - found in the aromatic waters of the plants.