HERBARIUM

WHAT IS FLORAL WATER

WHAT IS FLORAL WATER

Aromatic waters, also known as Floral Water, Distillate Water, or Hydrosols are prepared by dispersion of the plant materials via industrial hydro distillation. This water is evaporated simultaneously with the essential oil of the plants as the container is heated. These vapors are condensed and liquefied together in a collecting vessel to give 2 phases. An essential oil phase and aromatic water enriched with different amounts of the volatile constituents of the plant that are partly or completely soluble in water.

These 2 phases are then separated; the essential oil goes to the pharmaceutical or cosmetic industry while the aromatic water depending on its unique properties is pasteurized in the factory.

Typically in Iranian  culture, they are used with sweeteners such as sugar or honey and served as natural delicious drinks. In Persian nutrition culture and folk medicine, aromatic waters are considered as very safe beverages used for medicinal purposes depending on the plants used for their production.