Floral Water

by Shailja Kapur

Floral water (flower water, Hydrosols, distillates) is made by steam distillation of flowers or herbs.

Mostly, floral water is safe and mild to use as it contains much diluted essential oils with the same characteristics. We can make our own floral water easily at home without harsh chemicals, alcohol, and preservatives. Based on the procedure below, you can make your own floral water at home, depending on the need pick up the right flower or the herb.


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Things Required:

  • Pot and lid (I prefer to use lid with a top)
  • Heat resistant glass bowl (should fit easily inside the Pot)
  • Flower or herbs of your choice
  • Distilled water
  • Ice cubes
  • Storage container or spray bottle (depending on the use)
  • Gas stove or a cooker


  1. Wash the plant material you want to make floral water with; to clear dirt and debris.
  2. Put the glass bowl in the pot.
  3. Put the plant material (flowers or herbs) in the pot carefully. Pour the distilled water in the pot to cover the flowers or herbs. Make sure they are covered with enough water so that they will neither get burn when boiled nor dipped in too much water.
  4. Put the lid upside down so that the lid top is facing the glass bowl.
  5. Switch on the stove and put it to high temperature till the water in the pot reaches the boiling state.
  6. As soon as it reaches the boiling point, put the stove to the lowest temperature.
  7. Now put some ice cubes on the top of the lid. This will make the boiling water to condense. As the water condenses, the inverted lid will help to drop the flower water (hydrosol) into the glass bowl.

The water collected in the glass bowl is the Floral Water.

Please make sure to keep an eye on the pot’s water level. If water level getting low; pour more water carefully only if the petals are not pale yet. Otherwise, it is all done.

The whole procedure will take nearly up to an hour.

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Shelf -life:

3-5 weeks. Make sure to keep it refrigerated.

With regular use, you can work it out by your own experience how long to keep it for.


  • Skin cleanser
  • Facial, hair and body toner,
  • Mist or spray for linen, room or body.

Now we made our own floral water, we do not have to worry about its ingredient, as we know what’s inside J

Bless the floral water you made and enjoy!


  • Try to use natural, fresh or organic flowers or herbs.
  • Please follow safety guidelines while working with the heat and steam.
  • Make sure the lid is closed tightly.


I would like to dedicate this article to my late Mom, being my very first teacher and a friend.

Love & Light!

Shailja KapurShailja Kapur is a Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Healer. She got passion for various Reiki practices and other healing modalities. She also practices Candle Healing, Distant Healing, Crystal Healing, Dowsing, Magnified Healing, Yoga and Guided Meditation. She always felt a strong connection with Reiki. She had started practicing Reiki since her childhood without knowing what she used to do is called Reiki. As possibilities are endless with Reiki, her enthusiasm to experiment Reiki and share her experiences with the world. She believes self- purification, self-dedication and selflessness enhances your Reiki experiences. Shailja can be reached via her e-mail address divinereikiblessings@gmail.com.

One thought on “Floral Water

  • May 19, 2017 at 4:04 am

    Very good article. Well written and very well thought out.
    Blessed be.

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