Updated: Jul 9
It is easy to lift your mood with scented mists. Here is how.
Nature provides its own perfumery with fresh sweet smells and heady aromas that have been used for sprays and mists for centuries. Your garden will inspire you to fill your home with sensual aromas by creating mists to bring the outdoors inside.
You will need:
A cup of water
Small glass spray bottle
Scented water is made with flowers and herbs to create a floral or woody aroma. People have used aromatic water for fragrant homes and people since Medieval times. The truth be told, it was most likely to cover up body odour as hygiene in those days was much different from what we have today.
Scented water can freshen up the home or a personal rejuvenating mist for yourself. You can use aromatic water to freshen up clothes and fabric on furniture and as a car freshener.
Choosing flowers to use in scented water
Mid-morning is the ideal time to pick petals and herbs for your water. The dew will have subsided, and the intense sun rays won't have wilted the petals. The flowers will be warm enough to release their perfume.
Ideal flowers to use are rose, jasmine, rose geranium and lavender. You may like to choose lemongrass or orange blossom or lemon myrtle for a citrus fragrance. Try basil or rosemary for a herbal scent.
Have fun experimenting with different flowers and herbs to create your own signature blend. Fragrant water is not to be mistaken for essential or fragrant oil.
Line a bowl with cheesecloth with 5cm overhanging the edges.
Place your flower petals or herbs in the cheesecloth and pour enough water on top so the cheesecloth touches the bottom of the bowl, and the flowers or herbs are covered.
Let the mixture steep for at least 24 hours.
Gather the edges of the cheesecloth together and gently place the bundle in a clean bowl.
Place the water from the first bowl and put it into a cooking pot, then squeeze the cheesecloth bundle into it as well.
Bring the scented water to boil, then turn the temperature down to simmer. The longer you simmer, the more fragrant it will become. For a room freshener, simmer for a shorter time to avoid vaporation. If you are using it as a personal mist, you require less liquid volume so you can simmer it longer.
Strain your scented water into an upcycled glass perfume bottle or spray bottle and store it in the fridge to keep fresh.