Basil Hydrosol Water
Basil hydrosol is the by-product of steam distillation of basil essential oil. There are two types of basil namely: sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum) and holy basil (Ocimum sanctum) also called tulsi. Basil hydrosol can be obtained from these two essential oil extractions.
Hydrosol waters can be used in lotions, creams, bath preparations or straight on the skin. They provide mild tonic and skin cleansing properties and are generally safe for all skin types. We manufacture our waters with their therapeutic value to the skin and body in mind, we do not market our waters as a scent additive - though of course all waters will have a unique scent .... some will be significantly lighter in scent than others will - this is because of the plant material they are steamed from. If you are looking for a scent additive for your formulation that is water based, I would suggest checking out our Essential Water categories instead of hydrosol waters if you are looking for a spot on scent that matches essential oil. Essential waters are designed to add a scent "throw" into your formulations, whereas hydrosol waters are designed more for their benefits to the skin -- their natural scent is just a bonus.
Basil is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. These two qualities make this hydrosol water excellent to add to lotions or 'spray recipes' designed to fight fungi. Basil also helps the active ingredients of other herbs to more readily penetrate the skin.
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How to Use Basil Hydrosol
There are many ways to use a hydrosol but basil hydrosol in particular, works wonders for some specific ailments. In this section, we’ll be listing down the most effective ways to use basil hydrosol using 3 recipes:
Throat Spray : Basil hydrosol can be used as a soothing, hydrating, antibacterial and pain relieving throat spray. Simply add a ¼ cup of basil hydrosol to this throat spray tube. The sprayer goes into your mouth and reaches your throat, which enables you to spray the irritated area properly. Use whenever your throat gets dry, feels gritty and is itchy.
Antibacterial Spritz for Itchy Dry Acne : Many acne sufferers have acne that’s itchy, dry and painful, especially those with cystic acid. My favorite way of relieving such acne is using a hydrosol stored in a spray bottle. Add ½ cup of basil hydrosol onto a fine mist spray bottle. Spritz on acne as needed throughout the day.
Oily Skin Toner : Basil is an excellent oil-control ingredient. Basil hydrosol is even more effective in regulating excess sebum because it’s water-based. You can make basil hydrosol a facial toner by placing it in an amber bottle with a cork. After washing and drying your face, put some onto a cotton round and dab it on. Then apply moisturizer. If you want to make the toner stronger, consider adding about 1 tsp of organic apple cider vinegar or pure lemon juice. Store it in the refrigerator, if using these ingredients.