Floral waters: properties, benefits and how to use them
The floral waters they are also known by the name of hydrolates, and they differ from essential oils in that they contain less active ingredients than essential oils. They are obtained by distilling essential oils, and they stand out for being perfumed waters, without additives, only containing the water of the distillation of the flowers.
That is, they have the water-soluble substances of the plants used, and can be used for adults as well as for children and even babies.
As you surely know, the floral waters contain many beneficial properties and its use can be considered versatile since it is used for health, cosmetics or cooking.
Among the properties that we have, we highlight that they are astringent, anti-inflammatory, soothing, softening, toning, firming, moisturizing, decongestant, and according to the essential oil of the plant where the floral water has been obtained will have some properties or others.
The uses of floral waters as mentioned above are several and in cosmetics, for example, it is used in baths, as a make-up remover, as a tonic to cleanse the skin, body tonic, hair tonic, in the preparation of creams or added to an essential oil or vegetable to care for the skin.
In the kitchen, floral water is used as a flavoring in the production of ice cream, cakes, pies, sorbets.
In health issues it is used for different conditions such as those that affect the skin, the eyes, for cases of cellulitis, diaper rash, insomnia, soothe pain in case of swelling, inflammation.
The best flower waters
Then we provide some floral waters of different medicinal plants, their properties and how to apply them.
Chamomile floral water
The floral water of chamomile It provides beneficial properties for the health of the skin and eyes.
It is an ideal facial tonic, calms the reddened skin and helps to improve the symptoms of swollen or fatigued eyes, to moisturize and refresh the baby's skin, to lighten the hair. It is suitable for sensitive, mixed and dry skin.
Apply the floral water vaporized on previously cleansed skin, face, neck or hair.
For tired or fatigued eyes soak two sterile gauze and apply wet gauze on the eyes, helps relax eye strain, and fatigue.
Mint floral water
The floral water of mint is tonic, it gives us freshness, ideal to use it as a cleansing tonic for oily skin, and helps to close pores.
It helps to refresh the skin after the sun, it is used as a mouthwash, and to relieve itching of the scalp.
Suitable for oily and combination skin.
The form of application is to vaporize the floral water on clean skin and let it air dry.
Orange floral water
The floral water of orange blossom is indicated for sensitive skin as well as for oily skin, and in general for all skin types.
It has beneficial properties for the skin as a skin regenerator, stimulant, and at the same time regulates the sebaceous secretion, it is soothing and softening.
It can also be used after shaving.
As we have said before, floral orange blossom water is also used in the kitchen to flavor different desserts, sweets, ice creams, cakes, ice creams, sorbets.
Witch hazel floral water
Witch hazel floral water is suitable for sensitive, dry and mixed skin.
Its properties are soothing and anti-inflammatory, helps to eliminate irritation.
The witch hazel floral water will be applied to the area of clean skin and that we need to treat and to do so we will only need to vaporize the skin with floral water, extend a little with the fingertips.
We can apply the floral water in the morning and at night.
How to preserve the floral waters
When buying floral water we must take into account that it is of biological origin, so we will make sure that it is 100% natural, without added additives and that the plants have not been treated with pesticides and that they are free of pesticides.
When it comes to conserving floral waters, it is best to keep them in glass containers and tightly closed so that they do not lose their properties.
They usually come in glass containers and equipped with an atomizer to facilitate their application.
We will store it in a cool, dark, dry place, protected from light, we can store it in the refrigerator.
Floral waters can be obtained in herbalists, natural products stores, parapharmacies, and online natural products stores.