Floral Waters – Natural And Light

Floral waters as the words might sound, are the purest and lightest forms of liquids that are very beneficial for the skin and in certain cases, internal infections. Floral waters can even be antiseptic and healing & curing in nature.

Floral water is similar in properties and aroma to essential oil but in a more gentle form, making it versatile and safe to use, even directly on the skin. Especially suitable for sensitive skin and babies.

They are a pure, gentle and light way to scent the skin, with various nourishing benefits of the hydrosols. The nourishing effects of the pure oils from the flowers are clear and beautiful, as well as refreshing, toning and hydrating to the skin. The floral waters are incredibly practical, you can apply a little to your bowl of water for cleansing, or onto cotton wool to clean skin. You can also use a spritzer in the bottle so you can spray a mist over the face and body as a toner, or to refresh the skin through out the day, it is especially useful in Summer time.

Some have used them during pregnancy, and others to use during hot flushes.

A flower water otherwise known as a hydrosol or hydrolat, is the water that is collected during the distillation process used to produce the majority of essential oils. Their therapeutic properties and aroma are similar but not identical to the essential oils from which they are derived. Although they contain tiny amounts of essential oil, the water passes through the plant material many times, becoming laden with many water soluble elements from the plant, that are not found in the essential oil itself.

As they are diluted by nature, they can be used topically directly on to the skin, and are particularly effective when a non-oily medium is required. For this reason, certain hydrolats make great -

  • Skin tonics
  • Air fresheners
  • Bath additives
  • Perfume bases

Also they are ideal for adding to light creams, lotions and gels. They are useful where a very gentle form of aromatherapy is required, such as treatment required by children, the very elderly and those who are very fragile, such as the sick or convalescents. They can also be highly effective when used to help treat skin conditions where a non–oil base is required, especially certain forms of eczema and oily skin conditions.

Have a look at our reference links now -

  1. Floral Waters by Wise Geek
  2. Hydro-sols by Natural Home Spa
  3. Floral Flowers by Chemistry

Preparing Your Own – Hydrosol

Using of hydrosols is one thing and preparing your own one is another. Hydrosols are very light, mild and are substances to be handled with utmost care. When used in the right manner and with right quantity, they can be of wonderful benefits.

A hydrosol is a process of extracting aromatic oils from various plants. Herbal hydrosols can easily be made at home in your kitchen. They are a great way to up the aroma factor in your life. While you are making the hydrosol your entire house will soak up the smell and then you can put the hydrosol in a spray bottle and spray it everywhere as often as you like. Here’s how you can prepare your very own hydrosol -

  • Put a 5 gallon enamel pot on the stove and put a brick in the bottom of the pot
  • Pour enough water into the pot so that the water comes to just below the brick, do not completely submerge the brick in the water
  • Add five handfuls of aromatic herbs to the water. You can use one herb or several depending on what you have available. Some of the aromatic herbs that can be used for making hydrosols are; rosemary leaf, sage leaf, thyme leaf, eucalyptus leaf, lavender stem, leaf and flower, lemon balm leaf, lemon verbena leaf, mugwort leaf and flower, orange peels and rose petals. All of these plants can be used in either fresh or dried form
  • Put a stainless steel metal bowl on top of the brick inside the pot
  • Put the lid on the pot, except put the lid on upside downward so that the top of the lid is pointing down into the inside of the pot
  • Empty three ice trays full of ice into the inverted lid that is on top of the pot
  • Turn the stove on low for ten to fifteen minutes or until all the ice melts in the lid, then remove the lid that is now filled with the melted ice and dump that water into the sink.
  • The plant oils will have precipitated into the metal bowl on top of the brick. Be careful to not let the melted ice water drip into the bowl. Let the smell from the plant oils that have been captured in the bowl waft through your house. Take the liquid that has settled into the metal bowl and put it into a sterilized mason jar or a spray bottle. You now have an herbal hydrosol.
  • Your herbal hydrosol is stable for six months to one year. Spray the herbal hydrosol around the house, in your car or use it as a bathroom freshener

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  1. Floral Waters by Wise Geek
  2. Hydro-sols by Natural Home Spa
  3. Floral Flowers by Chemistry

Miraculous Floral Waters

Floral waters are best natural gifts. Though there is a rather intricate method of obtaining the natural, pure oils but the product obtained is immensely amazing. Floral waters are used for a number of purposes, and both internally and externally.

The terms flower or floral waters are misleading since these miracle waters can be produced from herbs, needles, leaves, woods, barks and seeds. In aromatherapy, these products are more commonly referred to as hydrosols, and this is the term that we prefer to use for our range.

This is because increasingly today, many ‘flower waters’ are made from synthetic compounds which smell quite pretty but posses absolutely no healing properties! In fact, quite the opposite they can cause skin irritation.

Flower water and floral water are descriptive, but now outdated terms, used to describe the condensate water that remains after the extraction of an essential oil by water or steam distillation. When essential oils are produced this way, not all of the aromatic and healing principles held within the plant are actually captured in the essential oil.

Certain components are hydrophilic, which means they dissolve into water, and this produces what is variously known as a -

  • Flower water
  • Hydrosol
  • Hydrolate

What ever you choose to call it, the resulting fragrant water contains the very essence of everything that was contained within the plant when it was still alive and growing.

Others are produced by adding essential oils or absolutes to water by using alcohol or some other type of dispersant or solvent. This may appear to be perfectly acceptable, since the finished product contains essential oil and has a pleasant fragrance similar to a natural hydrosol.

People who want to use floral waters in cooking should only use food-grade products. While many cosmetic waters are perfectly safe to consume, this is not always the case, and it is better to be safe than sorry. Some cosmetic products are treated with additives to prolong their shelf life or enhance their scent, and these additives are not safe for consumption. Cooks should look for those that are clearly marked for cooking when they will be used in recipes; food grade floral waters can also be used cosmetically.

Have a look at our reference links now -

  1. Floral Waters by Wise Geek
  2. Hydro-sols by Natural Home Spa
  3. Floral Flowers by Chemistry

The Prolific Hydrosols

If hydrosols are called prolific, there lies a reason for addressing them this way. Hydrosols are used for a number of purposes, relating to the human body, they can be external and they can be internal. That ca be owed to the fact that hydrosols have many benefiting properties.

Hydrosols are a versatile but lesser known product of aromatherapy. They are created during the distillation process along with the more widely known essential oils.

Toward the end of the distillation process, vapor collects in a condenser. As it cools, it separates into water and essential oil. The water is now called hydrosol — hydro for water and sol for solution.

Because it is less volatile than essential oil, hydrosol can be used for purposes that you could never use essential oil for. For instance, hydrosols can be applied directly to the skin without dilution. They can be substituted for water in skin care recipes, given to plants in lieu of water, and even used in cooking.

Hydrosols contain small molecules of the plant and essential oil they were distilled from so they are anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and work well with sensitive skin. Ideas for hydrosol use include -

  • Spray damp hair and style
  • Drink as a tonic
  • Add to bathwater
  • Compresses
  • Poultices
  • Add to creams/lotions
  • Toner
  • Add to clay to make a mask
  • Use as cologne/perfume

Sometimes the terms ‘hydrosol’ and ‘floral water’ are used interchangeably, but they mean different things. A hydrosol can be made from any plant that is distilled such as Lemon Balm Water from the herb Melissa or Bay Laurel water from the leaves of the Bay Laurel tree.

Hydrosols can be floral waters if they have been distilled from petals such as rose floral water from rose petals or lavender floral water from lavender petals.

Another use of hydrosols is for the benefit of mental and emotional health. The effect of certain scents on emotional states has been well documented. This is why perfume is a multi-billion dollar industry and manufacturers pay so much attention to how their products smell. Certain smells make us feel good, but this is a psychological response.

Have a look at our reference links now -

  1. Floral Waters by Wise Geek
  2. Hydro-sols by Natural Home Spa
  3. Floral Flowers by Chemistry

Floral Waters Enhancing Lives

There is no doubt about the fact that floral waters just do wonders at enhancing the skin. They are well known for the same. They are pure and pious in nature, untouched form human interference. When used in the right manner, they do wonders.

One of the best all-purpose waters, along with lavender and melissa. Roman chamomile is the number-one choice for baby care. It can safely be used right from birth, in the bath water and as a soothing mist for bedding. Mothers can use it diluted to wash the breast area, and in sddition to helping prevent cracked and sore nipples, its calming properties will make feeding time even more relaxing.

When child care is required, the handover is easier if the caregiver uses chamomile as well, as the child will feel that Mother is near. Nappy-rash redness and pain can be soothed with dilute chamomile, or use neat applications of 50:50 blend of chamomil and lavender waters to compress the tender skin.

New mothers can use it in a compress or a sitz bath for postpartum relief. Homemade wet wipes for babies and young children should always include chamomile. When teething starts, add two or three drops to a bottle of water to help calm diarrhea and stomach upset. Rub the gums with diluted chamomile frequently to reduce inflammation, swelling, and pain and help to sooth the associated crankiness. Children adore the flavor of sweet chamomile and will soon recognize the relief it brings. Spritzing a light mist over the blankets or in the air of the child’s room will help children sleep.

Because of its effect on the nervous system, chamomile is a useful aid in stress reduction, depression, relaxation, insomnia, and aggravation. Combine it with melissa or one of the tree waters if alertness is required and to help calm road rage. It can be midly euphoric, instilling a feeling of well-being. Use as a bedtime tea or bath for reducing stress, for physical relaxation, and for restful night. Chamomile is wonderful for -

  • Skin care
  • Burns and sunburns
  • Skin cleanser
  • Toner

Combined with neroli it is good for acneic conditions and oily skin; combine it with witch hazel for very dry skin and with lavender or geranium for very dry skin.

Pets, like babies, can derive great benefits from chamomile, which can reduce stress before travel, after a flight, during a storm, or even when visiting the vet. Teething, especially in puppies, can be as much of an ordeal for owners as for pets; use the same treatment for teething babies. Basically, Roman chamomile is a must have hydrosol.

Go through our reference links now -

  1. Floral Waters by Wise Geek
  2. Hydro-sols by Natural Home Spa
  3. Floral Flowers by Chemistry

Less Known Hydrosols

Although, hydrosols are quite famous all over the world, for their various healing and curing properties. Yet there is a certain number of hydrosols that are not all that famous, but they are gradually grabbing the limelight.

  • Artemesia Arboresence Hydrosol

    This hydrosol is nice and soothing for injured and inflamed skin. Think first sunburn of the season. Digestive tonic, detox the liver. Circulatory system stimulant. Antihistamine, anti-inflammatory and expectorant for the respiratory system.

  • Bulgarian Rose

    There are many different kinds of Roses and they are reflected in the hydrosols. The water is lovely and really is a perfume in itself. There are widely varying degrees of quality that are due to distillation process, raw material as well as the storage and handling of the finished product. It is mildly antiseptic and is very humectant. It is a great addition to any skin care product.

  • Chamomile Romain Hydrosol

    A very useful all purpose hydrosol. Used for baby care. Reduces stress, insomnia aid. Topically reduces redness, heat and sensitivities, calming to irritated skin. Can be used as an eyewash or compress for the eye area.

  • Cinnamon Hydrosol

    This Eco-Cert hydrosol is from the bark. It has a deeper and more Cinnamon sharpness than the leaf, more intense but not ‘hot’. Very stimulating for the mind. Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil is used to treat infections of the digestive tract. The Hydrosol is more gentle and can be used the same way. Treats gastric bloating and colic. It tastes great and is a perfect base for oral preparations.

  • Frankincense Hydrosol

    Strongly scented. Could be diluted with distilled water if you’d like… The smell was described by someone else as ‘expansive’. That’s a good description, it is expansive in energy work and to the lungs. Dry, woody, slightly peppery smell. Frankincense essential oil and hydrosol are from the congealed exudae from the damaged tree bark. The trees are incised and the resin collected. This is most likely the gum referred to in ancient texts.Frankincense hydrosol is used topically on aging skin to reduce wrinkles. Mist on the face as a toner for skin. Gives a fine textured, silky feeling. It is a diuretic and drying without leaving the skin feeling dry and tight.

Have a look st our reference links now -

  1. Floral Waters by Wise Geek
  2. Hydro-sols by Natural Home Spa
  3. Floral Flowers by Chemistry

Bay Laurel And Blue Artemis

Hydrosols have innumerable varieties. Some of these are highly antiseptic, whereas others are plain good-smelling. Each and every hydrosol solves particular purposes in the most efficient fashion. They are very useful. Here, I would talk of two specific hydrosols.

Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis) hydrosol

Take internally as a drink for swollen lymph nodes in breast tissue. It can also be used externally in a spray for breast cancer and fibroids. Dilute 2 T in a quart of water and drink a quart a day for 10 days as a detoxifying tonic. Bay has a particularly spicy odor and must be kept closely refrigerated as it has a short shelf life. It is a great tonic drink and should be alternated with other hydrosols rather than be used on a daily basis. It is picked and distilled in full flower (in California, that is, late March). A bulk distilled on March 26, started with 3 large garden bags of fresh picked leaf. This was packed into 3 – 5 gallon containers and the leaves held down with a weight. Fresh spring water was added and totaled about 10 gallons (3 gallons per container). The leaves were soaked for 72 hours to allow them to break down a bit so that the distillation would proceed more quickly. We got about 1 gallon every 40 minutes and stopped when 50% had distilled over (5 gallons). The odor was fresh, spicy and bright. The pH is normally about 5.0.

Blue Artemis (Artemisia arborescens) hydrosol

This is a rare and to most people new essential oil and hydrosol. To my knowledge the hydrosol is only available via the APP. If correctly distilled and immediately frozen the hydrosol will retain the indigo blue essential oil particles in solution in the hydrosol rendering the hydrosol a lovely sky blue. This is an important application where the skin is damaged or sore, it is anti-inflammatory and can ease pain. Use Blue Artemis hydrosol after a face lift or surgery or on a dogs hot spots for healing. This can be a strongly energizing spray which is also mildly calming. California distilled essential oil (and hydrosol) of Blue Artemis is thujone free but about 13% camphor (Moroccan Blue Artemis essential oil is very high in thujone.

Have a look at our reference links now -

  1. Floral Waters by Wise Geek
  2. Hydro-sols by Natural Home Spa
  3. Floral Flowers by Chemistry

Talking Of Specific Hydrosols

Hydrosols are wonderful blesaing to the mankind. They are natural and pure and mild. Hydrosols have a number of uses, they used externally, they are used internally, some of these are very antiseptic in nature. Here, I’ll be discussing a certain of them.

  • Cistus (Cistus ladanifer) hydrosol

    A great application for smoothing out wrinkles as it is strongly astringent. Can be applied externally as a spray or compress.

  • Greenland Moss (Ledum groenlandicum) hydrosol

    The maximum dose of this hydrosol is 50%. Always dilute it before using. Examples are 2 T (1 oz.) hydrosol in 1 * L water/day as a tonic drink. Drink daily for short periods of time. This is a most powerful detoxification remedy. Suggest you start with small or homeopathic doses and work up for a liver detoxification. For Liver Cancer use two times/day as a topical compress + the Greenland Moss essential oil. Add 1 drop e.o. to 8 oz of water. Bang on table to integrate. This is an especially good treatment for people with addictions. To treat addictions, you must detoxify the liver.

  • Helichrysum (Helichrysum spp.) hydrosol

    An anti-hematomic used for bruising. Take internally as a tonic drink, or apply externally as a spray along with an application of the essential oil.

  • Yarrow Flower (Achillea millefolium) hydrosol

    This somewhat unpleasant smelling hydrosol works on all body systems — circulatory, respiratory, and may be helpful in weight loss. It can be taken internally for low thyroid to balance while you use Seaweed absolute externally. Yarrow flower hydrosol can also be used to help balance the menstrual cycle and the endocrine system and used internally for menopause. It is superb if used as a compress for varicose veins. It, plus Tea Tree, can be sprayed on the scalp and skin for seborrhea. The hydrosol is safe for topical use. To alter the odor blend it with other hydrosols. One suggestion is to mask the area with Niaouli, then spray with yarrow hydrosol. Be careful of this hydrosol as some distillers pick and distill the entire plant and not just the flowers which are the important part.

Have a look at our reference links now -

  1. Floral Waters by Wise Geek
  2. Hydro-sols by Natural Home Spa
  3. Floral Flowers by Chemistry

Availability Of Hydrosols

Conisdering that hydrosols are actually sacred, the availability of some of these signs is quite uncertain. Hydrosols are absolutely organic and pure in nature and that the the prime reason, everyone tends to have a bend for hydrosols rather than other natural oils.

Lemon Verbena Hydrosol – (Aloysia triphylla) is unavailable on the open market but is being privately produced in California from organically grown leaves and distilled in an ancient alchemist copper alembic in the Mendocino hills. This hydrosol is lovely and useful for the most sensitive skin, to degrease teenager acneic skin, to heal minor skin imperfections, to take internally as a sleep aid or to soothe an upset stomach. It also has much use as a spritz to soothe the psyche.

But the hydrosol is being produced from organically grown plants in California. This wonderful, fresh, lemon-scented water is used for sensitive aging skin, or sprayed down the throat for many kinds of throat infections. It has therapeutic and anti-microbial action. Wonderful as a facial spritz, for hot flashes or in the summer to cool the skin.Taking some specific hydrosols and availability in mind -

  • Yarrow Flower Hydrosol is wonderful as an astringent and anti-inflammatory for reactive skin. It is a wonderful non-sweet scent that is acceptable to the most discriminatory scent-conscious.
  • Melissa (Lemon-Mint) Hydrosol is not available in its true form. The essential oil is one of the most adulterated on the market and when available at all.

Other hydrosols that are available are: Myrtle hydrosol for infected or irritated eyes; Rosemary Verbenon and Thyme linalol hydrosol for dry skin; Chamomile or A. arborescens for sensitive skin and abnormal growth; Lavender hydrosol for soothing and easing mental tensions; Marjoram hydrosol for soothing the stomach; Rose hydrosol (commonly called Rosewater) for cooking, as a spritzfor all facial types, with glycerin as a hand lotion, in alcohol beverages; Orange flower water in beverages and for mature skin.

There is a way to mimic a true hydrosol. Add 2 – 3 drops of essential oil to 1 quart of pure or distilled water. Shake daily for two weeks and bottle into small containers. Be aware that in no way does a water based essence such as this truly duplicate the qualities of a true hydrosol.

Have a look at our reference links now -

  1. Floral Waters by Wise Geek
  2. Hydro-sols by Natural Home Spa
  3. Floral Flowers by Chemistry

Floral Water – Truly Pure

Eucalyptus was one plant that I kept looking at for a very long time, there was a small plant of it in my school, it had red flowers. I was in awe of the plant because it looked so different than the rest of the trees around. It was only later that I got to know of its multiple medicinal benefits.

Eucalyptus essential oil is obtained from fresh leaves of the tall evergreen eucalyptus tree. The tree, which has the botanical name Eucalyptus Globulus is also known as fever tree, blue gum tree or stringy bark tree. Eucalyptus is native to Australia and has spread in the past few centuries to other parts of the world including India, Europe and South Africa. Though many countries produce eucalyptus oil in small quantities, the prime source of eucalyptus oil for the world is Australia.

The health benefits of eucalyptus oil can be attributed to its many properties, namely -

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antispasmodic
  • Decongestant
  • Deodorant
  • Antiseptic
  • Antibacterial
  • Stimulating

Eucalyptus essential oil is colorless and has a distinct taste and odor.

Though eucalyptus essential oil has most of the properties of a typical volatile oil, it is not very popular as an aromatherapy oil as it was little known before a few centuries. However, the numerous health benefits of eucalyptus oil have attracted the attention of the entire world to explore its usage in aromatherapy as well as conventional medicine.

Eucalyptus dut to the medicinal uses of eucalyptus oil and the compound eucalyptol present in it, it is used in a variety of over the counter drugs including rubs, inhalers, liniments, rash creams, and mouthwashes. The health benefits of eucalyptus hydrosol are ample.

Eucalyptus essential oil is effective for treating a number of respiratory problems including cold, cough, running nose, sore throat, asthma, nasal congestion, bronchitis and sinusitis. Eucalyptus oil is antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiviral, anti inflammatory and decongestant in nature which makes it a good ingredient for many medicines for treating respiratory problems. A study published in Laryngoscope in 2004 shows its usefulness in treating non-bacterial sinusitis. Patients suffering from non-bacterial sinusitis showed faster improvement when given medicines containing eucalyptus oil. Gargles of eucalyptus oil mixed with warm water are effective on treating sore throat.

Have a look at our reference links now -

  1. Floral Waters by Wise Geek
  2. Hydro-sols by Natural Home Spa
  3. Floral Flowers by Chemistry