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Genuine aromatic hydrosols, also known as aromatic waters, are an important form of herbal preparation that have been in use for perfume, beauty-care, healing and sacred rituals in virtually every civilisation since the dawn of human history. Distilling aromatic plants with hot steam or water to produce an aromatic water or hydrosol therefore preceded essential oil production for many thousands of years. In the West, while essential oils were only produced and available as medicines and perfumes since the early 1500s, hydrosols were routinely produced and enjoyed in Medieval European, Turkish, Arabic, Greek, Roman, Assyrian and Babylonian civilisations, for instance. To this day, aromatic waters, especially Rosewater, is still produced domestically and in small businesses in countries such as Lebanon, Cyprus, Turkey and Morocco.