Healing Hay Fever Hydrosol
Try this unique approach to hay fever if you are suffering. Eucalyptus will protect you against respiratory complications and help boost your immune system during hay fever season. Here is more about using eucalyptus as a healing hydrosol from Suzanne Catty, author of Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy:
The word hydrosol is a chemistry term meaning “water solution.” It is derived from the Latin hydro, meaning “water,” and sol, for “solution.” The chemistry term does not refer specifically to a distillate and can be applied to any aqueous solution.
In the world of aromatherapy, hydrosols are also known as hydrolates, hydrolats, floral waters, and plant waters.
Like the oil, eucalyptus hydrosol is the first line of defense against respiratory problems and infections, coughs, colds, chest infections, and hay fever-type allergies. It makes a good gargle, mouthwash, or cough syrup on its own or combined with essential oils at the rate of one drop of oil to one tablespoon of hydrosol per dose. At the onset of a cold or flu, take one teaspoon in a small amount of water every two hours on the first day that symptoms appear.
It works even better if you combine with “living embalming” two or three times a day, using palmarosa or ravensara essential oils. If a respiratory infection takes hold, take the bihourly teaspoon dose in addition to drinking 15 milliliters of eucalyptus and 15 milliliters of Inula hydrosols dissolved in one liter of water per day. The hydrosol can be coupled with oils in inhalations, and oils may be applied topically to the entire thoracic area and the tops of the feet.
Very mildly diuretic, eucalyptus seems supportive to the hepatorenal system, enlivening both liver and kidney functions, improving excretion, and giving a general feeling of lightness. A Polish researcher is using it to tone and invigorate the pancreas.
Japanese research has shown eucalyptus to have reasonably strong antioxidant properties in both topical and internal use. An immune booster, it can be used in a prophylactic manner by practitioners who are in constant contact with clientele during flu season. Gently stimulating to both the mind and the body, E. globulus is useful when you’re feeling low or sick but must keep going.
AVOID undiluted topical or internal use for children under four years. Other species of Eucalyptus, such as E. radium, are more appropriate for children.
Aroma and Taste:
The smell is definitely eucalyptus but not as instantly camphoraceous as the oil. A bit unpleasant, particularly when applied next to the skin, where it leaves a most disagreeable odor after it dries. Taste is strong, very bitter at first, with a powerful eucalyptus aftertaste; sweeten with honey for children.
Stability and Shelf Life: Unknown, but appears stable; assumed to be 18 months.
Properties and Applications: Eucalyptus hydrosol is available for several of the different species, including E. globulus, E. radiata, E. polybractea and E. dives among others. Each has its own particular benefits and applications, just like the oils. I have not yet found hydrolate of E. citrizdora.
If you are interested in other herbs for hay fever, check out 6 Herbs for Hay Fever.
Adapted from Hydrolsols: The Next Aromatherapy, by Suzanne Catty (Healing Arts Press, 2001).