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Seattle Beauty™ Tip: Flower water

By Connie Wan, P.h.D | June 2nd, 2017

It’s almost summer time. Flowers are blooming everywhere. I just made some rose water skin toners today using the fresh roses from the garden. You got to love the smell of the fresh rose.  In this post, I would like to share some of my favorite recipes for making flower water using flowers blooming in the garden.

Here is a general instruction on how to make the flower water: Soak dry or fresh flower in an alcoholic fluid. I use Vodka, which contains 40% of alcohol. Feel free to use other liquor. I like to soak the flower for at least 24 hrs and sometimes longer. Take the liquid, add glycerol and dilute with water. The ratio of the liquid, glycerol, and water should be around 1:2:7. You can also add a few drops of Vitamin E or squeeze in a few drop of lemon or lime juice to help preserve the freshness. Shake the mixture and use as a skin toner or as a spritzer. To preserve the freshness of the flower water, keep the bottle in the refrigerator.

The following lists a few popular flower waters and their applications.

Rose flower water

Application: good for any skin type, especially applicable for mature or dry skin.

Effects: Rose water is believed to promote cell regeneration, tissue repair, dilate capillary blood vessel under skin and therefore promote skin renewal. It is believe to tone and moisturize the skin.

Orange flower water

Application: good for dry, sensitive, or mature skin.

Effect: Orange flower water is believed to increase cell metabolism, promote cell regeneration, and increase skin elasticity. This flower water can promote scar healing, remove dark spots, improve skin tone, and moisturize. This flower water can function as an astringent and therefore is useful in treating acne, reduce sebum production, and shrink pore size.

Lavender flower water

Application: good for oily skin and mixed type of skin

Effect: Lavender water has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect. It is believed to promote cell regeneration, reduce scar formation, and remove dark spots.

Chamomile flower water

Application: good for any skin type

Effect: Chamomile water is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. It can detoxify the skin, balance sebum secretion, promote skin cell regeneration, increase skin elasticity, shrink pore size, remove dark spots, remove dark cycle under eye, and moisturize the skin.   Chamomile water is often used by Chinese herbists to treat dermatitis, skin edema, and various skin infections. Chamomile water can also be used to calm sensitive or sun-burned skin.

Thanks for reading!

Source: Informed Nutrition

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