27 Ways to Use Floral Waters

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by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

9 floral waters.One of my mobile spa clients recently asked me if I knew of any good ways to stay cool this summer and I immediately suggested spraying floral water directly on the skin like a perfume!
Floral waters are popular in esthetics and spa treatments and are a safe and effective way to use aromatherapy!
They’re also a great way to beat the summer heat! But that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

What are Floral Waters?

Floral waters, also known as Hydrosols, are produced alongside essential oils during the steam distillation process. Floral waters possess both the qualities of the essential oil as well as the water-soluble components of the plant.
While Hydrosols are produced as a by-product of essential oils, these aromatic waters are much less concentrated than their essential oil counterparts. Floral waters are naturally very mild, so they’re safe to use on children, the elderly, and those with chronic afflictions.
Floral waters can be used daily and directly on the skin. Floral waters are gentler than essential oils and can be substituted for essential oils, if essential oils cause irritation.
Floral waters are used as astringents, toners, and healing sprays. They can be used in home spa recipes like cleansers, toners, masques, lotions, crèmes, or foot sprays.
Similar to essential oils, floral waters may be blended together to create synergies, or they can be added to blends containing essential oils. Not only do they heighten the effect of the blend, they also add subtle components of the plant to create a more complex bouquet.

Here are 27 Ways to use Floral Waters and the Best Ones for the Job

1. Signature Perfume (Blend two or more fragrances together) – Lavender, Lemongrass, Orange Blossom, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang
2. Face Toner after Cleansing or Masque – Chamomile, Rose, Orange Blossom, Ylang Ylang
3. Skin Care (for hydrating dry skin and cooling hot or sensitive skin) – Lavender, Orange Blossom, Rose
4. Make-Up Remover – Orange Blossom, Rose
5. Rejuvenating Body Mist – Eucalyptus, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lemongrass, Myrtle, Orange Blossom, Peppermint, Roman Chamomile, Ravensara, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Tea Tree, Ylang Ylang
6. Sunburn Soother – Lavender, Orange Blossom, Roman Chamomile, Rosemary
7. Hair Rinse – Lavender, Roman Chamomile
8. Add to Shampoo & Conditioner (to help condition & add shine to hair) – Lemongrass, Peppermint, Roman Chamomile, Rosemary
9. Add to Liquid Hand Soap, Body Wash, & Bath Water – Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemongrass, Orange Blossom, Peppermint, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Tea Tree, Ylang Ylang
10. Remedy for Puffy, Dark Circles Under the Eyes (Just soak two cotton pads with the floral water and cover each eye for 10 minutes for an immediate and dramatic reduction in puffiness and dark circles). – Roman Chamomile
11. Foot Spray and Foot Soak – Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Roman Chamomile, Spearmint, Tea Tree
12. Room Spray to Freshen Air – Eucalyptus, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lemongrass, Myrtle, Orange Blossom, Peppermint, Roman Chamomile, Ravensara, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Tea Tree, Ylang Ylang
13. Car Spray for Long Road Trips – Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang
14. Sleep Aid –Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Sandalwood
15. Anti-Depressant – Orange Blossom
16. Hot Flash Buster – Lavender
17. Cold Compress – Lavender, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Peppermint, Spearmint
18. Hot Compress – Ylang Ylang, Rose, Sandalwood
19. Linen Spray while Ironing – Eucalyptus, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lemongrass, Myrtle, Orange Blossom, Peppermint, Roman Chamomile, Ravensara, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Ylang Ylang.
20. Add To The Final Rinse Water In Your Laundry Washing Cycle – Orange Blossom, Rose
21. Immune Booster – Eucalyptus, Tea Tree
22. Anti-Inflammatory (skin conditions) – Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Rose
23. Memory Enhancer – Rosemary
24. Digestive Support – Lemongrass, Rosemary
25. Safe-for-Children Wet Wipe (A few squirts on a tissue makes a great natural wet-wipe) –  Eucalyptus, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lemongrass, Myrtle, Orange Blossom, Peppermint, Ravensara, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Tea Tree, Ylang Ylang
26. Add to Bathwater to Calm a Restless Baby – Lavender, Roman Chamomile
27. To Sanitize Hands, Toilet Seats, Tables, Utensils, etc. – Lavender, Ravensara, Roman Chamomile, Rosemary, Tea Tree

As you can see, the applications are endless!

What are your favourite ways to use floral waters? Let us know in the comments.

And if you’d like to buy a bottle of your favourite floral water, I carry all of the above mentioned floral waters including: Eucalyptus, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lemongrass, Myrtle, Orange Blossom, Peppermint, Roman Chamomile, Ravensara, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Tea Tree, & Ylang Ylang in my online store, www.CruisingIntoWellness.com.

120ml bottles from $11.99 CAD. Also available in 15ml/.5oz (travel) sizes.

To place an order, please email me at homespunspa.

How to get rid of a rash under breasts

Posted by Maria on May 31, 2013 under Books, Magazines, Music, Energy Healing, Fitness, Home spa, Ingredients, Massages, Nutrition, Self-Care, Skin Care, Sleep, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Uncategorized, Weight Management, Wellness | 5 Comments to Read

by Maria Koropecky

Having a rash under the breasts can be very debilitating. Unsightly rashes can undermine your confidence and make you feel self-conscious. A rash may keep you from wearing a cute bikini this summer, or from getting a massage, or from going out on a Saturday night.

To see what I’m talking about, do a Google Images search with the keywords “rash under breast.” You’ll notice many examples of people with reddish patches from the size of a dime to a tennis ball or larger, on the fold of skin beneath the breast and/or throughout their torso. Sometimes the patches are smooth and sometimes they’re bumpy.

Often these rashes will burn, itch and feel uncomfortable and may eventually grow larger or lead to dry skin, cracked skin, blisters, sores, scarring or infection, if they’re not treated.

Sometimes this type of skin rash can appear because of excessive sweating and by wearing an ill-fitting bra. Other causes may include having an allergic reaction to laundry detergents or by just living in a humid environment.

Also, this type of skin rash is known as Candida, a type of fungus. The rashes result from the accumulation of perspiration and this dark, moist environment is the perfect breeding ground for fungus.

Unfortunately, these common and stubborn skin rashes won’t go away on their own. You have to be proactive if you want to get rid of a rash under the breasts and lucky for you, I may have a speedy solution.

1) Change your diet

When my friend learned she is Celiac, she had to make drastic changes to her diet right away without delay. She no longer eats anything that has wheat (gluten) or contains dairy. (She has also chosen not to eat other foods as well). Not only has she lost over 100 pounds in less than a year, she also told me that after a few months, the rash under her breast went away.

That comment got me thinking. It’s common knowledge that the food choices you make will show up on your skin, for better or for worse. So maybe a rash under the breast can be treated with proper nutrition?

If nothing else, reduce the sugar in your diet. Candida infections are fueled by sugar, among other things, and reducing your sugar intake will go a long way to clearing a Candida infection.

If you’d like some guidance on testing whether or not certain foods are good choices for you, please read JJ Virgin’s, The Virgin Diet. In seven weeks, you’ll learn if soy, peanuts, corn, eggs, sugar, dairy and/or gluten are contributing to your skin and health problems.

Update: Here’s another tip I’ve just learned! Take Omega 3 supplements each day and see if that helps!

2) Cleanse your skin with Extra Strength Selsun Blue:

Selsun is a well-known dandruff shampoo. Make sure you buy the Extra Strength formula. It will say 2.5% on the label. The active ingredient you’re looking for is “Selenium Sulphide” which helps with Dandruff, Seborrhea and Tinea versicolor. Don’t be tempted to buy the regular strength even though it costs less and comes in a bigger bottle because it won’t work. My doctor said so.

So while you’re being careful with your nutrition, cleanse the affected skin with Selsun. Massage it into your skin for about a minute and rinse. Pat your skin dry with a towel. Make sure to cleanse the skin each time you shower or bathe.

3) Spray on Micatin:

Micatin Spray Powder is available over-the-counter in most pharmacies. The active ingredient is Miconazole Nitrate 2% which helps with athlete’s foot, jock itch and ringworm. After you cleanse your skin with Selsun, make sure your skin is completely dry. Shake the can well. Spray a thin layer of Micatin on your rash. It will feel cool which you may appreciate. Start by spraying twice a day, morning and evening. Spraying it on right before you go to bed may help you sleep better because you’ll feel some relief from the burning and itching.

If you cleanse your skin with Selsun and spray on the Micatin and avoid foods that don’t agree with you, you’ll start seeing the redness of the skin rash fade in three, four or five days.

Of course there are also many other home remedies you can try to treat your rash like:

  • Remembering to keep the skin dry at all times as moist skin is more prone to fungal infection than dry skin.
  • Dusting baking soda, cornstarch or bentonite clay on skin to whisk moisture away.
  • Applying ointments made from ingredients like aloe vera, apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, oil of oregano, tea tree essential oil, or turmeric topically for their anti-fungal properties.
  • Applying Calamine lotion to soothe itching.
  • Placing a cooling ice pack on the skin for 5 to 10 minutes a day.
  • Washing clothes, especially underwear, in hot water, and using vinegar or unscented detergents.
  • Not using dryer sheets when drying clothes.
  • Washing bed linens often.
  • Wearing clothes made of natural fibers which allow the skin to breathe.
  • Not sharing towels, hair brushes or other personal grooming supplies.
  • Showering promptly after a workout.

And if none of these suggestions work, as me about Energy Healing. An Energy Healing session will definitely speed things along.

This Homespunspa article shouldn’t be used as a replacement for medical advice and please see your doctor is your symptoms persist for several more weeks.

Rest assured, rashes under the breast can be treated. You’ll be sitting poolside and getting a massage in no time! Please leave a comment if you found this information helpful.

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