Dry, itchy skin is a common complaint. There are many ways to soothe an itchy dermis, but one method considered effective in the holistic community -- though not scientifically proven -- is to use a product containing rose geranium hydrosol, which has cooling, anti-inflammatory and humectant properties.
What Causes Dry Skin?
Barring medical conditions, dry skin is usually caused by environmental factors that can occur all year round, but more so in extreme cold and warm months. These include central heating and air conditioning, wood-burning stoves and space heaters, which suck out the moisture in the air and dry out the skin. Taking very hot baths and showers and using harsh soaps can also sap moisture. In the summer, the sun's rays can dry skin, making it look wrinkly and flaky.
What Is Rose Geranium Hydrosol?
Rose geranium hydrosol is a fragrant water that results when rose geranium flowers are distilled. It's the combination of water extracted from the flower's petals combined with its fully emulsified essential oil.
Health Benefits/Moisturizing Properties
Rose geranium hydrosol is used as a treatment for dry or oily skin by holistic practitioners who believe that it has skin cellular regenerating properties that rebalance the skin, according to Aromatics International, a directory curated by a team of holistic experts including a certified aromatherapist and registered nurse. It can be added to bath water, sprayed on the face and body or added to a cream or lotion.
Homemade Moisturizer Recipe
Make your own all-natural moisturizer using the following recipe:
1/3 cup apricot kernel oil
2 tablespoons Shea butter
1 1/2 tablespoons rose geranium hydrosol
8 drops chamomile essential oil
8 drops rose essential oil
3 drops vitamin E
Melt the oil and Shea butter in a double boiler set over low heat, stirring well. Meanwhile, slightly warm the hydrosol in a pot or in the microwave. Slowly pour the hydrosol into the oil, stirring constantly with a whisk until thick and smooth. Remove the mixture from heat; cooling to room temperature. Add essential oils and vitamin E. Pour the mixture into a jar, stirring it as it cools to prevent the cream from separating.
- Aromatics International: Hydrosl Rose Geranium
- Aromatics International: Practical Hydrosol Applications
- Mayo Clinic: Dry Skin
- Willy Street Coop: Do It Yourself Skin Care
- Aromatic Plant Project: Hydrosols
- The Aromahead Blog: 5 Great Ways to Use Hydrosols
- Environmental Health Association of Nova Scotia: Guide to Less Toxic Products
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