Making Homemade Floral Waters With Essential Oils

Flower waters can be used to tone and cleanse the skin and can be helpful in the treatment and prevention of skin conditions such as acne, dermatitis, and eczema.

Home-made floral ("toilet") waters can be made by using the following recipe.


  • dark glass spray bottle (check out your local health store)
  • 3 1/2 oz spring, de-ionized, or distilled water
  • 5 drops essential oil

Add water and oil to bottle. Place in a dark area for three to four days. Filter the mixture using a paper coffee filter to remove the oils. (The scent will remain.)

Essential oils that are sometimes used alone or in a blend include:

  • Geranium (acne, dermatitis, eczema, oily, mature skin)
  • Lavender (acne, dermatitis, eczema, all skin types)
  • Neroli (aka "orange blossom" – scars, wrinkles, mature and sensitive skin)
  • Petitgrain (acne, oily skin)
  • Rose (dry skin, eczema, wrinkles, mature and sensitive skin)
  • Rosewood (acne, dermatitis, scars, wrinkles, sensitive skin)

The use of essential oils is not recommended for the very young or aged, or pregnant/nursing women. It is the belief of this site that essential oils should not be used internally, only externally and topically. A skin test should always be done before using an essential oil, especially important for those more sensitive or vulnerable. Consult a reputable and experienced aromatherapist for guidance. If you are under the care of a physician, it is recommended that you contact them before using essential oils.

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