Floral Water: properties and how to use it?
You may not know about floral waters? Not sure how to use them? In the following lines, I explain what is a floral water, what are its properties and how to use it?
As a fragrance, in the kitchen or for the skin, I also reveal some useful recipes to use well.
What is floral water?
Floral water is often still little known and yet it has great interests for industrialists and the general public. A floral water is obtained by distilling water or steam training of pure and identified plants.
It is separated from the essential oil when there are. We talk about floral water when the raw material is a flower.
The origin of the raw material must be precisely defined by the scientific botanical name so that there is no confusion.
Indeed there might otherwise be a confusion between the true lavender and the lavender ASP for example that do not have the same properties.
Essential oils and floral waters or hydrosols: different products?
Essential oils and floral waters are two intimately related products. They are obtained in part from the same raw material, with the same equipment and by the same extraction techniques. Although very close, these excerpts are nevertheless quite different.
The essential oil, not miscible with water, is composed of volatile organic compounds. The floral and hydrosols waters are mainly made up of water with traces of more or less hydrosoluble molecules, which are present in the corresponding essential oil but in different proportions.
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How to keep a floral water well?
The conservation of floral water is a problem that limits the use of these products. It is susceptible to bacteriological development but most micro-organisms are eliminated after microfiltration extraction. Although Hydrosols and floral waters are sterilized, it is important to store them away from light, oxygen and temperature fluctuations.
For my part, as soon as a bottle of floral water is opened, I prefer to keep it in the fridge. It is estimated that they can be preserved for two years.
Floral water: How to use it?
Floral and Hydrosols waters have many applications in the cosmetic and food industry. They can be used in three different ways:
- As a fragrance
- In the kitchen
- In aromatherapy
Use of floral water in perfume
A floral water can be used directly as a fragrance. For example, you can perfume clothing or habitats. The rose water, used in spray, this floral water is recommended for the little girls as perfume.
Use of floral water in kitchen
The floral waters are perfectly adapted to aromatize many dishes. The most popular are the rose, the orange blossom or the geranium.
You can easily flavor a yogurt with a floral water. It is used for:
- Dairy: yogurt, cheese
- Desserts: Pastries, Flans, shortbread, brioches, focaccia, sherbets, fruit salad
- Beverages: Herbal teas, cocktails
Some examples in the kitchen:
Floral Mint Water: the freshness of mint is highly sought after. Do not hesitate to incorporate mint Hydrolat in salads or vinaigrettes, in some desserts or cooking broths.
Ginger Hydrolat: The ginger Hydrolat can be incorporated into a cocktail sauce. Perfect to accompany a classic avocado shrimp.
Orange Floral Water: it is perfect in pancake batter or madeleines. Its bitter taste cuts lightly the sugar of the pastries.
Use of floral Water in aromatherapy
Floral and hydrosols waters can be used to treat many pathologies, such as heavy legs, thick blood, congested liver or even skin problems.
Rosemary Floral Water: it allows to regulate the secretion of sebum or suitable for oily skins. The Hydrolat of Rosemary at Verbenone is effective in pure application, on a cotton, as a tonic for skin prone to pimples and blackheads.
Rose water: astringent, invigorating, refreshing and cleansing can be used in the morning on the skin or incorporated in cosmetic products. It also helps to heal in skin application.
I use this floral water alternating with the lavender floral water every morning to give a fresh look in the morning. I spray this floral water on the face and then wipe with a cotton.
Immortal Floral Water: healing, anti-inflammatory, astringent and activator of the bloodstream. Here is a recipe for an anti-aging mask:
- 2 to 3 spoons of red clay
- Immortal Floral Water
Add the floral water until you get a thick dough that you apply on your face for 5-10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.
Blueberry Floral Water: Blueberry Floral Water is perfect for removing makeup from sensitive eyes. It removes the last traces of powders while decongesting the eyelids. Ideal to use pure, on a cotton, in addition to your usual makeup.