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Due to the highly fragile nature of pure floral hydrosols it is strongly recommended to keep them out of direct sunlight, contained in dark bottles (glass is best) and in a cool place. The shelf life of these waters varies from 6-24 months depending on which hydrosols are in question. Even with an ideal, sterile environment they are still very susceptible to degradation through oxidation. When purchasing floral waters one must be informed some companies are taking distilled water and adding a couple of drops of the desired essential oil and selling these as "floral waters" or "hydrolates". While true floral waters have many other components of the plant with in, making it a far superior product.
Corn Flower: great for delicate skin, helps diminish fine lines
Cypress: helps with acne, astringent and detoxifying
Geranium: balancing, acne, bruises, mild burns, eczema,
hemorrhoids, deters mosquitoes.
Helichrysum: anti inflammatory
Lavender: calming soothing, anti-inflammatory.
Lemongrass: balancing, calming, very refreshing.
Neroli (orange blossom): anti aging, gentile enough for all skin
types, great for uplifting dull oily skin types.
Rosemary: works wonders on oily skin with open pores.
Rose: balancing oil, quite possibly the best skin toner and
re-hydration for dull, tired skin.
Witch Hazel: very astringent, anti- inflammatory (strips skin of
Ylang ylang: another hydrosol for oily skin.
There are as many different hydrosols as there are uses for them. They can be used in combinations, in preparations, standing alone, for cooking, rinses and a vast array of other options.
Are you familiar with hydrosols? Do you use them in your day to day practices. Do you have questions about floral waters? Please leave comments as to your experiences with hydrosols and floral waters. We would love your input!