Hydrosol Mix of the Week - Cornflower, Neroli and Sage

This past week I have been using a new skin drench mixture to test out some of my more recently aquired hydrosols. This week's mix consists of 3 main ingredients: Cornflower, Neroli and Sage

Cornflower
I am still getting to know this lovely liquid that is ranked among the absolute gentlest of hydrosols. Cornflower (INCI: Centaurea cyanus) is recommended for use as eye wash as well as for its skin soothing and toning properties. It is even safe for babies. It functions well on its own, but it's properties can be enhanced when blended with the right "mates".

Neroli
Also known as Orange Blossom, Neroli (INCI: Citrus Aurantium) is a staple in my collection. It is gentle enough for even the most sensitive skins, but has a rather strong scent that can be a bit overpowering. For some reason, it doesn't seem particularly popular among the men I have asked to "test sniff" it. (not ideal if one of them is your husband and you enjoy dousing yourself in it!). Neroli is regenerative and refreshing for the skin.

Sage
Finding a safe approach to sage (INCI: Salivia Officinialis) has been on my "wish list" for years (see: sage – proceed with caution for details). This is my first use of this product. Sage offers the following properties: purifying, balancing and deoderizing. It will hopefully also help towards taming hot-flashes.

The Scent Makes Perfect Sense
Aside from the great mix of beneficial qualities, each of these hydrosols has a characteristic scent. Sage has a fresh, tonic-like crispness that is quite envigorating. Cornflower has a milder, gentler scent with a slightly earthy undertone, while Neroli has a sweetness to it that brings thoughts of summery warmth. It's not always I get lucky right off the bat with a mix, but combining these 3 has produced the perfect blend of sweetness and freshness – it's Spring in a bottle!

How Does It Work?
After a week's use (and careful monitoring of hot flash frequency), I can report that this specific mixture does actually seem to have a small effect on frequency and intensity of hot flashes. Coincidence? Wishful thinking? Perhaps. It's too soon to tell. I will be upping the dose in my next batch, and continue with my observations. More to come!

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