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Essential oils vs hydrosols

Often, people come to Calm A Mama thinking that we sell essential oil blends to be used as calming aromatherapy perfumes.  But, that's FAR from what we do.  We make botanical herbal supplements – that is, divine-tasting liquid drops made from organic herbs that you take on your tongue or in a beverage.  You can find us alongside vitamins and herbs in Whole Foods or other natural marketplaces.

Our supplements combine TWO plant healing components: hydrosols & flower essences. You can read details about the scent-less magic of flower essences here) and you can read some more science about the making of hydrosols here. Hydrosols are the part of our blend that often get confused with essential oils because they are also made via steam distillation. 

Here are some important distinctions:

  1. Environmental Impact: Essential oils take an enormous amount of plant matter to make one drop of oil - this means they can be pretty harsh as far as environmental degradation.  Hydrosols, on the other hand, are much gentler on the planet as the plant and you can make gallons ad gallons of a hydrosol with the same amount of pant matter as it would take to product a few drops of essential oils. 
  2. Strength & Safety: Essential oils are HIGHLY concentrated plant matter and should NOT be use by undiluted or by mouth without medical supervision. Hydosols are much gentler on the body and many can be safely used for infants and children.
  3. Flavor & Compounds: Hydrosols are amazingly delicious in flavor.  They are light and flavorful while delivering the full palette of herbal notes.  Essential oils feature only certain oil soluble compounds and thus have a different nose.
  4. Absorption and Excretion:  The human body is about 60% water.  Water soluble molecules are the most easily absorbed and also removed from the body.  This makes hydrosols a great medium for delivering herbs and getting rid of what the body doesn't need.

Generally speaking, hydrosols should be considered before using anything stronger. Start with the gentlest help you can find, then work up from there.
Enjoy them! Hydrosols are AMAZING.

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These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  As with any information presented here, if you have questions or concerns, please speak with a medical professional. 

What is a hydrosol ?

The word hydrosol is comprised for the words ‘hydro’, meaning water and ‘sol’, meaning solution. They are also knowns as floral/flower waters, herbal distillates & hydrolats. After steam distillation, we end up with water that contains plant molecules – and not just flowers! Hydrosols can and are made using leaves, seeds, roots, flowers or the whole plant.

Within the still, water is heated to create steam, which rises and goes through the plant material.  As it does so, light aromatic molecules get carried along by the steam into a condenser where the steam is converted back into a liquid – the finished hydrosol.

Hydrosols contain organic acids, flavonoids, plant pigments, various water-soluble plant components and trace molecules of essential oils. 

Our supplements combine TWO plant healing components: hydrosols & flower essences (read about the scent-less magic of flower essences here).  Hydrosols are the part of our blend that often get confused with essential oils because they are also made via steam distillation.  You can read about that distinction here.

We make hydrosols of Lemon Balm, Peppermint, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Fennel and Rose to use as the basis for our drops. Read more about the powers of each individual hydrosol by visiting each page:



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Calm A Mama Certified By the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council

[PROVIDENCE, RI]—April 20th, 2017— Calm A Mama, a business specializing in herbal supplements for mamas & babes, is proud to announce national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Center for Women & Enterprise, a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

Calm A Mama founder Hannah Garrison says, "I realized that it's not about just me as one single business woman getting certified, its much bigger. It's about the history of women gaining equality. It's about being a part of this community of women and being an active participant in this evolution."

WBENC’s national standard of certification implemented by the Name of RPO is a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women.

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About Calm A Mama:
Calm A Mama provides Organic Herbal Support to Mamas, Babies and their families. Founded by Hannah Garrison, it is a values-driven company that believes in grateful and humble parenting, supporting each other, and sharing resources. Because Mother (Earth) Knows Best. For more information, visit www.calm-a-mama.com

About WBENC:
Founded in 1997, WBENC is the nation’s leader in women’s business development and the leading third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women, with more than 13,000 certified Women’s Business Enterprises, 14 national Regional Partner Organizations, and over 300 Corporate Members. More than 1,000 corporations representing America’s most prestigious brands as well as many states, cities, and other entities accept WBENC Certification. For more information, visit www.wbenc.org.