What is Hydrosol?
Hydrosol is a byproduct of the steam distillation process used to extract essential oils from plants. It is a gentle, water-based solution that contains the therapeutic properties of the plant. Hydrosols are safe for dogs and can be used in various ways to promote their well-being.
1. Soothes Skin Irritations
Hydrosols, such as chamomile or lavender, can be used topically to soothe skin irritations in dogs. They have anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce itching, redness, and swelling. Simply dilute the hydrosol with water and apply it to the affected area using a clean cloth or spray bottle.
2. Calms Anxiety
Some hydrosols, like rose or neroli, have calming effects on dogs. They can help reduce anxiety, nervousness, and stress. Spray a diluted hydrosol in your dog's environment or on their bedding to create a calming atmosphere. You can also mist it on your hands and gently rub it on their fur.
3. Freshens Coat and Eliminates Odors
Hydrosols, such as peppermint or eucalyptus, can be used as natural deodorizers for dogs. They help freshen their coat and eliminate unpleasant odors. Dilute the hydrosol with water and spray it on your dog's fur, avoiding the face and eyes. It will leave them smelling clean and refreshed.
4. Relieves Hot Spots
Hot spots are irritated, inflamed areas on a dog's skin. Hydrosols, like tea tree or witch hazel, have antibacterial and antifungal properties that can help relieve hot spots. Dilute the hydrosol with water and apply it to the affected area using a clean cloth or spray bottle. Repeat this process a few times a day until the hot spot improves.
5. Repels Fleas and Ticks
Certain hydrosols, such as lemongrass or cedarwood, have natural insect-repellent properties. They can help keep fleas and ticks away from your dog. Dilute the hydrosol with water and spray it on your dog's fur, avoiding the face and eyes. This natural repellent is a safer alternative to chemical-based products.
6. Promotes Relaxation during Bath Time
Bathing can be a stressful experience for some dogs. Hydrosols, like chamomile or lavender, can help promote relaxation during bath time. Add a few drops of the hydrosol to the bathwater or dilute it with water and spray it in the bathroom before bathing your dog. The calming scent will help create a more soothing and enjoyable bathing experience.
Hydrosol offer several benefits for dogs, including soothing skin irritations, calming anxiety, freshening their coat, relieving hot spots, repelling fleas and ticks, and promoting relaxation during bath time. These natural solutions are a safe and effective way to enhance your dog's well-being. Remember to always dilute hydrosols and avoid using them near your dog's face and eyes. Consult with a veterinarian before using hydrosols on dogs with specific health conditions or sensitivities.
Our Lavender hydrosol (what we call Lavender Floral Water) is available in multiple sizes including 8oz, 32 oz, 1 gallon all the way up to a 55 gallon drum.