Aqua Aurantii Floris, B.P., Orange-Flower Water.

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Related entry: Bitter Orange Peel - Indian Orange Peel - Orange-Flower Water - Sweet orange peel - Lemon peel - Oil of orange - Oil of bergamot - Oil of Neroli - Orange Wine

Orange-flower water (Aqua Naphae; Aqua Aurantii Florum Fortior, U.S.P.; Stronger Orange-flower Water) is obtained by distilling the flowers of Citrus Aurantium, var. Bigaradia, Hook. f. (N.O. Rutaceae), with water. It should be diluted with twice its volume of distilled water immediately before use, unless otherwise specified. Aqua Aurantii Florum, U.S.P., is prepared by mixing equal volumes of stronger orange-flower water and distilled water. Orange-flower water occurs as a colourless or slightly greenish yellow liquid, with a very fragrant odour. The water should be free from lead.

Action and Uses.—Orange-flower water is used as a flavouring agent, as in Mistura Olei Ricini and Syrupus Calcii Lactophosphatis; it is also used as a vehicle for lotions.


Spiritus Coloniensis, B.P.C.—COLOGNE SPIRIT. Syn.—Aqua Coloniensis; Eau de Cologne.
Oil of bergamot, 1.25; oil of lemon, 0.50; oil of neroli, 0.20; Oil of rosemary, 0.15; oil of thyme, 0.05; orange-flower water, undiluted, 4.50; alcohol, to 100.
Syrupus Aurantii Floris, B.P.—SYRUP OF ORANGE FLOWER.
Orange-flower water, undiluted, 10; refined sugar, 60; distilled water, by weight, to go. Dose.—2 to 4 mils (½ to 1 fluid drachm).
Syrupus Aurantii Florum, U.S.P.—SYRUP OF ORANGE FLOWERS.
Sugar, 85; orange-flower water, to 100.

The British Pharmaceutical Codex, 1911, was published by direction of the Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.