History of flower waters
Flower waters have been known to mankind for more than 5,000 years. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, also used them in his healing peels. The beauty of the Egyptian queen Cleopatra was due to the daily application of Rose Water. Renaissance artist Michelangelo added flower water from roses to tea, allegedly to calm his temperament. In the Middle Ages, rose waters appeared in pharmacies. V 18. centuries have been widely used in royal courts as perfumes to disguise unpleasant bodily abrasions. Housewives commonly added flower water to their meals. And 20. century were pushed out of the foreground by essential oils. Today, however, it is successfully returning to his privileged position. Not only the most famous rose and lavender flower water is gaining popularity, but also Melissa/Lemon balm, Chamomile, Yarrow, Sage and others.
What is the difference between Rose flower water and Rose hydrosol?
Both of these names are often confusing. We come across them and think about whether it is the same or a different thing. Be calm. It is simply a different designation of the same. Beneath them are amazing aromatic treasures, created as a by-product of the steam distillation of essential oils. (Although it was originally just the opposite.) They are hydrophilic, ie. soluble in water. They contain organic acids, which are valued for their anti-inflammatory effects and mainly the monitored residual essential oil (approximately 0.1%). And it smells so beautiful! Fresh above-ground parts of plants, their leaves or flowers, which mix with pure spring water, travel to large distillation vessels (columns). Hence the designation “flower water”. Read about the traditional production of our rose flower water here.
Hydrolate or hydrosol
“Hydrolate” or “hydrosol” are then words of foreign origin referring to the technology of their origin – again steam distillation or hydrodistillation. Someone uses the word hydrosol because it sounds more professional. We prefer the terminology FLOWER WATER, because it is full of nobility and the beauty of nature.
Flower water and flower water
Flower waters / hydrosols are 100% pure natural products without added preservatives and chemicals. Please be careful when reading and read the label carefully. A product that is sold as a mixture of water or alcohol and essential oil (which is not soluble in water!) Is not the same and does not have the same qualities as honest 100% flower water. And it’s simply an illusion. Some flower waters then contains pure flower water with added alcohol, which is used to preserve it. However, it is no longer a 100% natural product.
Why read the INCI composition
Therefore, I always recommend reading the composition of these products. If you find 100% Flower Water under INCI you know that you are buying a 100% natural product from steam distillation. The word “Flower Water” is always preceded by the appropriate herb in Latin. In the case of the Damask Rose, it is Rosa Damascena, Lavender Medical Lavandula Angustifolia, Immortelle Helichrysum Itallicum, etc.
Although flower waters are a by-product of steam distillation of more expensive essential oils, they are highly valued for their qualities. They have a wide range of uses:
- Skin care – cleansing, toning and hydration, makeup fixation
- Home spa and relaxation – 1-3 tablespoons in the bath according to the flower water itself is a great relaxation
- Hair care – combing, soothing irritated scalp
- In the kitchen – for desserts, homemade lemonades – about 1 tablespoon per liter of water (popular is pink, lavender, lemon balm,…)
- Aromatherapy for the little ones – simply in a nebulizer, is much gentler than essential oils
- Refreshment – using a spray, so-called. favorite mist, I recommend wearing a mini bottle in your handbag with your favorite flower water or your own mix according to your mood
All our flower waters have undergone a chemical analysis, which also includes a microbiological analysis, the Ph value and the percentage of residual essential oil.
And as a bonus, you can also buy essential oil from the same flower water, from the same agriculture, the same field and the same distillery. I will mention, for example, lemon balm, nutmeg sage, immortelle, yarrow, damask rose and others.
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