Reducing Facial Inflammation And Soothing Sunburn: Rosemary And Rose Hydrosols
I've been a hydrosol making machine since I got my alembic still from Elfin Farms.
I previously wrote about how to use an alembic still and some of the edible delights you can produce from making it. I also made some external hydrosol applications from fresh and organic raw source material, rose and rosemary. The rosemary is growing abundantly in my raised bed in the backyard and I harvested fresh rose petals about everyday during April and May, and made fresh hydrosols from both plants.
“Hydrosols, also known as floral waters, hydroflorates, flower waters or distillates are products from steam distilling plant materials. Hydrosols are like essential oils but in far less of a concentration.”
I use Rose and Rosemary hydrosols diluted in purified water for a variety of reasons. The Rose Hydrosol is great for any type of burn whether it is from the sun or you accidentally burned your wrist on a hot pan. Very soothing and anti-inflammatory. Since I am swimming so much, sometimes up to three hours in 80 degree plus heat I sometimes get a light sunburn on my cheeks or nose (reapply sunscreen after 80 minutes folks!). As soon as I get home and wash my face of the very emollient Alba Facial Sunscreen I spray some Rose Hydrosol to soothe and cool down my face. I notice that after about two days of doing this my sunburn is gone and there is no peeling.
I use the Rosemary hydrosol when I am looking inflamed and pink in the face. Even with a tan this summer I think I suffer from a lot of pinky inflammation because of my flare-ups and blemishes that sometimes happen on my face. I have gotten in the habit of washing or steaming my face and then spraying Rosemary Hydrosol on my face to calm pink and red trouble spots down. Sometimes it works so well I don't have to bother putting on powder foundation.