Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Floral Waters

I read this about floral waters on the internet:

Briefly stated, a hydrosol is the aromatic water that remains after producing an essential oil via steam or water distillation. Hydrosols are sometimes also referred to as a floral water or distillate water.
The plant matter used in essential oil distillation imparts a wonderful aroma to the water. This hydrosol offers therapeutic benefit, and some plants are specifically distilled for the resulting hydrosol instead of the hydrosol being simply a byproduct of the distillation.

Unlike essential oils that should be deluted prior to application to the skin, hydrosols are water soluble, are much more gentle than their essential oil counterparts and can be used directly on the skin without further dilution.

Hydrosols can be used in place of water in creating natural fragrances, lotions, creams, facial toners and other skin care products. They can also be added to the bath, and used on their own as a light cologne or body spray. Hydrosol can be added to finger bowls for elegant, romantic dinners. Examples of commonly available hydrosols are rose, roman chamomile, neroli and lavender.

It kept giving me ideas about what to do with my floral waters. I have arabic friend that I remember his mom was using Orange Blossom Floral Water when his kids were having an upset stomach. Now, I cant do THAT. But I can use them in my facial treatments.

I made an astrigent with Orange Blossom Floral Water, Witch Hazel, Lime and Grapefruit Essential Oils.

Orange Blossom water helps inhibit sebum production in oily skins, making this an especially useful skin care product for teenagers who often have an excess of skin oils. Regenerative properties promotes the production of collagen and fights wrinkles by helping old cells to shred off. Purifying, cleansing and moisturizing.

Witch Hazel is one of nature's best astringents, there is probably no better tonic or toner for skin care preparations. In skin care Witch Hazel can be used as toner or in place of a cleanser. It is particularly beneficial for oil and problem skin through its more gentle properties.

Used in a base cream, lotion or as a wash, grapefruit oil can help to clear a greasy, congested and acne skin, while also helping the tissue get rid of cellulite and drain any excess retained water.

Lime has an astringent and toning action to clear oily skin and acne, and also helps with herpes, insect bites and cuts.

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Rose Floral is one of the best tonics in the world. Tonics stimulate the circulation, reduce oiliness, and help refine open pores and unevenly textured skin. They are usually applied after cleansing to ensure complete removal of any residue left from creams and lotions.

I made Tonic with Rose Water and Palmarosa Essential Oil.

Palmarosa oil moisturizes the skin, while balancing the hydration levels and stimulating cell regeneration. It balances production of sebum, to keep the skin supple and elastic and is valuable for use with acne, dermatitis, preventing scarring, rejuvenating and regenerating the skin, as well as fighting minor skin infections, sore tired feet and athlete's foot.

Rose Water is a gently cleansing and toning product for all skin types. Maintains the pH balance, stimulates regeneration processes, has a calming effect in acne and sunburns. As a result the skin texture becomes even and elastic.

This can be used by people with mature AND young skin!

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Now I am even thinking of adding them maybe to my lotions, making some mists with them....the opportunities are endless!

Grab some before my sale ends OCTOBER 31!