Wellness

Queen of Hungary Water

January 20, 2016

The world’s first alcoholic perfume wasn’t so much a perfume, but rather a cure-all tonic, bestowed with near-magical properties. Called the Queen of Hungary water (and later just Hungary water), it was a distilled product made up of rosemary and alcohol. Later versions added citrus and other herbs, making it the true precursor to cologne.

The legend goes that this water was made for Queen Elizabeth of Hungary (1305-1380).According to the legend, it reversed her appearance so much that the 25 year old grand-duke of Lithuania asked for her hand in marriage when she was 70!

According to these same legends Hungary water first appeared outside of Hungary in 1370 when Charles V of France, who was famous for his love of fragrances, received some.Hungary water was known across Europe for many centuries, and until eau de Cologne Appeared in the 18th century, it was the most popular fragrance and remedy applied. Similar to other herb and flower-based products, Hungary water was not merely (or even mainly) a fragrance, but also a valuable remedy.For longevity, youthful appearance and to ward off illness, one was supposed to drink the tonic, rub it on skin, bathe in it and inhale it.

However, Queen of Hungary’s Water is an excellent astringent for the face and here below is a recipe from herbalist Rosemary Gladstar

Ingredients:

  • 6 parts lemon balm
  • 4 parts chamomile
  • 1 part rosemary
  • 3 parts calendula
  • 4 parts roses
  • 1 part lemon peel
  • 1 part sage
  • 3 parts comfrey leaf
  • vinegar to cover (apple cider or wine vinegar)
  • rose or witch hazel extract
  • essential oil of lavender or rose (optional but lovely)

* All ingredient measurements in this recipe are for dried herbs.

Directions:

  1. Place all herbs in a widemouthed jar. Add enough vinegar to come about an inch or two above the herb mixture. Cover tightly and let sit in a warm spot for two to three weeks.
  2. Strain. Reserve the liquid. To each cup of herbal vinegar add 1/2 – 1 cup of rose water or witch hazel. Add a drop or two of essential oil, if desired.
  3. Re-bottle. This product does not need to be refrigerated and will stay preserved if well maintained.

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54 Comments

  • Reply Ava Young on January 20, 2016 says;

    Waah! Is this true? I really want to try it… Not that I want some one to ask for my hand.. blush blush… but I would love to remain young.. 🙂

    Had never heard of such a thing.. your blog is really opening a lot of unknown doors… Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful note..

    I’m going to try this!!

  • Reply Aria on January 20, 2016 says;

    Do you have this formula readily available to sell? I want to try this asap

  • Reply Puja Santosh on January 20, 2016 says;

    P,

    do you sell this? I want to buy it. Or can you tell me where to get this? I’m googling now anyways.

    Thanks for your lovely share. This is a fantastic read. Had never read this before.

  • Reply Thalia on January 20, 2016 says;

    Hi there – great post! Heard of this before; did not know we could do it ourselves…

    I’m also going to try this… Is it something that we can do this everyday?

  • Reply Charlotte on January 20, 2016 says;

    I love this recipe too! I also appreciate the tidbit of history behind it. Thank you for sharing

  • Reply Beth on January 20, 2016 says;

    I’m going to give this a shot! time will tell if it improves my skin or not though. 😀

  • Reply Savannah on January 20, 2016 says;

    What a fantastic post… Great history and thanks so much for sharing the recipe….

    I reckon you are already very cute by now… 🙂 Since how long you know this information?

  • Reply Katherine on January 20, 2016 says;

    Wow I am impressed!

    Like said earlier, you keep surprising me. This is another beautiful post. You are giving an opportunity to all of us to restore our youth? 😀

  • Reply Sabína on January 20, 2016 says;

    I’d like to try this.

  • Reply Valentina Rockwell on January 20, 2016 says;

    Excellent post.. enjoyed reading this article… I always love to read something different and my soul is satisfied today…

    Thanks for your kindness to share it.

  • Reply Tamika on January 20, 2016 says;

    Its wonderful to know this!

  • Reply Tara on January 20, 2016 says;

    I really want to try this, this Queen of Hungary water sounds awesome.

    Really enjoying your posts

  • Reply Zoe on January 20, 2016 says;

    Wow, this looks like such a neat recipe. I am saving this in my ‘Things to Try Soon’ file. hehe

  • Reply Tsu on January 20, 2016 says;

    This looks like a fantastic recipe! Going to share this!

  • Reply Chinwemma Onyemauchechukwu on January 20, 2016 says;

    Thanks for your great information, the contents are quiet interesting.I will be waiting for your next post.

  • Reply Alexandra on January 20, 2016 says;

    A very interesting article to read. Great recipe!

  • Reply Vicki from Kentucky on January 20, 2016 says;

    sounds fabulous! i wouldn’t mind trying this

  • Reply Olivia on January 20, 2016 says;

    This is an amazing post, really. Have never heard of this before. When I saw the title, I was very curious to know what it is, and it really lived up to mu expectations!! Excellent post today.

    Thank you so much

  • Reply Priscilla on January 20, 2016 says;

    Do you sell this readymade?

  • Reply Febinna on January 20, 2016 says;

    Neat recipe! First time I’m seeing a small post of yours. Whether you posts are big or small, does not matter, they have excellent information composed.

    I always love to read your posts. They give me a lot of immense knowledge. This one too was certainly a new and valuable information grasped.

  • Reply Carla on January 20, 2016 says;

    Looks like I have something new to try today.

  • Reply Sandra on January 20, 2016 says;

    I have never heard of Hungary Water, but I will be looking out for it now. The recipe makes it sound good enough to try this.

  • Reply Hadewych on January 20, 2016 says;

    Hungary Water sounds interesting.

  • Reply Allie B. Steiner on January 20, 2016 says;

    Very interesting and I am not familiar with it either. Where can I buy this?

  • Reply Courtney on January 20, 2016 says;

    I should make this. Should be lots of fun.

  • Reply Heather on January 20, 2016 says;

    Bought Hungary Water @ amazon.com lol… But I don’t know if its what you have given as a recipe…

  • Reply Fabienne on January 20, 2016 says;

    I have serious passion for this blog of yours! You indifferent posts are unbeatable… Nothing compares to your blog.

    I was amused with your today;s post..

  • Reply Angus D on January 20, 2016 says;

    opulent! beautiful recipe though. love all your posts. enjoy reading ’em

  • Reply Dorothy on January 20, 2016 says;

    What I love most is how wonderfully re-energizing it is. It lifts the spirits and makes me smile

  • Reply Gabriella on January 20, 2016 says;

    Oh My God! Excellent article I must say. Never heard of it until now. And the read was really enjoyable. I learnt something today.. Productive day 🙂

  • Reply Isabella on January 20, 2016 says;

    I can assure you, this is no ordinary toner! I want to prepare this.

  • Reply Alma on January 20, 2016 says;

    أنا أحب هذا. الذهاب لمحاولة بها اليوم.

  • Reply Quintana on January 20, 2016 says;

    I was surprised to see this post this morning! A totally different Recipe 🙂
    Love it! Thanks for putting up online.

  • Reply Janice on January 20, 2016 says;

    Oh wow! I am going to try this!

  • Reply Leah Lothe on January 20, 2016 says;

    Love it. Surely worth a try!

  • Reply Josephine on January 20, 2016 says;

    Sounds good, although the ingredients are too expensive for a pensioner to buy. Go ahead all you youngsters. Keep your youthful skin for as long as possible.

  • Reply Kamille Poire on January 20, 2016 says;

    WOW! I had never heard of Queen of Hungary Water before now I don’t know how I can live without it now!

  • Reply Ljerka Matić on January 20, 2016 says;

    addicted to your blog mam… You have an excellent compilation of articles….

    Never saw such a blog ever in my life so far!

  • Reply Lauren on January 20, 2016 says;

    Thanks for sharing this post! This is really a brand new post I must say.

  • Reply Kasia on January 20, 2016 says;

    I am obsessed with this blog. Nice and refreshing post to read, from all the common ones out there. You made my day today!

    Yes, I’m surely going to try this out!

  • Reply Tina on January 20, 2016 says;

    What can I say? Simple the best post for today! Can’t imagine using any other toners/facial sprays anymore.

    I’m going to do this weekend.

  • Reply Wendy R. on January 20, 2016 says;

    I would recommend this website to all my friends! This blog is awesome!

  • Reply Sanjeeta kk on January 20, 2016 says;

    Wow, there is so much going on in our planet, and I’ve been absolutely dumb. This is a new read. I’m happy you posted this. I’m going to try as well.

  • Reply Debs on January 20, 2016 says;

    Queen of Hungary Water…. Did not know one existed like this!

    I love this post. eye opener for realistic beauty.

  • Reply Nadine Rodriguez on January 20, 2016 says;

    just awesome! mind blowing post! Where do you get such information? Loved reading this.

  • Reply Penelope on January 20, 2016 says;

    Glad I visited your blog. Lots to learn, and lots to know about. This post is really enriching in knowledge. Perfect share.

  • Reply Megan on January 20, 2016 says;

    Jaw dropping post! My mom and I have started to collect the ingredients now. Will certainly complete this by eve.

  • Reply thesandgal on January 20, 2016 says;

    You are an angel dear. God bless you.

    Nice post

  • Reply Angie on January 20, 2016 says;

    I’m making the Queen of Hungary today!!! Thanks

  • Reply SHEBA on January 20, 2016 says;

    INCREDIBLE! Love your post. The story is all the more interesting than the recipe 🙂

  • Reply Peldyn on January 20, 2016 says;

    Really, unbelievably stunning post! I will be trying this soon

  • Reply Kate Goodspeed on January 20, 2016 says;

    Here you all go. I have already tried it. I had all the herbs with me.

    It smells divine and feels wonderful on your skin.

  • Reply Wilma on January 20, 2016 says;

    I will be trying this soon. I have most of these herbs on hand and what I don’t have I can get from DragonMarsh locally or try to maybe order from Mountain Rose Herbs if they ship 🙂

  • Reply Rain77 on January 20, 2016 says;

    Hi, I am so glad that I found you:) (both you and the queen of hungary)

    I really want to make this. Do you sell, so I can save up some time and energy?

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