Otherwise known as organic hydrosols, flower waters have a variety of cosmetic and household uses. Pleasantly scented and suitable for everyday use, they’re less concentrated than essential oils although they have the same benefits. They can be spritzed on the face and body, added to the bath, used as household air fresheners, or lightly sprayed on linens. Holistic remedies have taken a back seat to chemicals, but lets take a closer look.
Most flower waters are crafted from single flower varieties, but you can also mix things up to create a customized blend that matches your personal tastes and requirements.
Seven Popular Flower Waters as Holistic Remedies for Beauty
Preparations containing calendula have long been used in skin care products. Calendula water makes an excellent all-purpose skin tonic that soothes insect bites, rashes, sunburn and minor skin irritations such as scratches. Its anti-inflammatory properties make it ideal as a toner for those with puffy facial skin.
Exceedingly gentle and relaxing, honeysuckle water makes an excellent cleanser for sensitive or dry skin — simply massage it into your skin and remove with a warm washcloth. You can also spray it to set mineral makeup or to refresh your skin on a warm summer day. Its sweet fragrance makes Honeysuckle ideal for applying to pulse points when you want a light fragrance that doesn’t overwhelm.
Jasmine’s rich, sultry scent is ideal for spritzing all over the body for romantic summer evenings. Because it’s calming and relaxing, it will also help you be at ease in social situations.
Sweet lavender water is a classic that’s been around for centuries, and for good reason. Besides having an amazing aroma, lavender water has a cooling affect when applied directly to the skin, so keep some handy for burns, bites, scrapes and rashes.
Lemon Verbena Water
Because lemon verbena water has astringent properties, it makes a good cleanser or toner for oily or combination skin. It also makes a good revitalizer when spritzed on tired skin, and its soft lemon fragrance is considered an effective mood enhancer.
Orange Blossom Water
Orange blossom water features a fabulous scent that’s complex, bittersweet, and gender neutral, making it a choice flower water spray for couples to share. It’s mild enough to be used as a freshening spray several times during the course of any given day. It can also be used to set makeup and as a soft-hold hairspray.
One of the oldest flower waters in known history, rose water has too many uses to list. It’s a great pick-me-up for tired skin and is perfect for when you want a hint of classic fragrance for casual daytime outings. It’s also been used for centuries as an aphrodisiac, so don’t be afraid to spray some on your bed linens for an enchanted evening.
Many other types of flower waters exist, each with its own benefits. Have fun with them and experiment until you create your own collection of customized favorites. Holistic Remedies are underrated and under appreciated but sometimes you need to look back in time to find the real bargains for beauty.