The Benefits of Rosewater

Would a rose smell as sweet if it were called anything but a rose? Probably, and it would have just as many benefits. It is no surprise that Cleopatra used roses to lure her lovers into her palace, and that ancient cultures have been benefiting from its countless bounties for centuries. Rosewater is filled with incredible powers and the best part is, it is readily available.

Rose water has been used in cooking, natural healing,  and especially skincare and holy ceremonies for thousands of centuries.  It was first discovered by polymath Avicenna in ancient Persia in the 10th Century! It is still widely used in the Middle East for cooking, and it has a great holy connotation attached to it from many different religions. However, one great benefit of rose water is its wonderful anti-aging and soothing qualities, which make it an ideal source for skincare.

How is rosewater made?

The process of making rose water is a lengthy and difficult one, (even though there are simple variations all over the net to make it at home) it takes months from the beginning to the end of the process.  Rose water is distilled from the Damascus Rose, during the months of May and June. Once the roses have been picked from the fields, washed, and each petal plucked and crushed, it is then steam distilled. The distillation is a very detailed process that is still done traditionally in large copper or metal canisters. The by-product from the steaming is then referred to as rose water (the oil left over is used in perfumes).

Benefits of Rose Water:

Referred to as the “Queen” amongst essential oils, rose water is healing, moisturizing and uplifting. In aromatherapy it is believed to open the heart chakra, and create a feeling of being loved, hence it’s use in marriage ceremonies in India to welcome guests. We love that rose water is combative against aging and soothes irritated skin; you simply spray some on to feel the benefits. The following are some additional benefits of rose water:

  • In aromatherapy the scent is used to give the person a sense of being loved.
  • It contains high concentrations of vitamin C, helping to brighten your complexion.
  • It contains a cocktail of vitamins so it is the perfect anti-oxidant.
  • Rose water can be used as a toner to balance the pH of your skin, yet it doesn’t contain any alcohol.
  • It is calming and soothing, so it is the perfect remedy for stressed out or irritated skin (Do you have a sunburn or an allergy to something? Spray some rose water or dab some on your face preferably with fingers rather than a cotton pad.)
  • It has been said that rose water sprayed over a baby’s crib will have them sleep better, as it will calm them down.
  • It counteracts the fatiguing effects of cell phones and computers by restoring the integrity of your electromagnetic field.
  • It can be used as eye drops.
  • Rose water is absolutely 100% safe to ingest as it is used for cooking in many Middle Eastern food dishes.

Certain beauty companies know a thing or two about the benefits of rose water and include this ingredient in their products, while others base their whole line on it. If you’re looking for skincare products that contain rose or rose water check these products out:

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If you’re like us and enjoy making your own at home masks and skin care products than you need to try this DIY mask. It is infused with rose water to calm and soothe your complexion, which is perfect for the winter weather or sunburned summer-time skin, It also includes honey which helps to keep your skin soft (want to learn more about the benefits of honey?). Try this at-home mask, that takes no longer than 5 minutes to prepare, but will have you coming back for more.

Daily Mom’s Rose Water & Honey Face Mask

What you need:

How to Prepare:

  • Warm up your honey by placing it in a bowl over a boiling pan of water to make the honey softer and pliable.
  • Add in your rose water and mix thoroughly.
  • For fun- you can add in rose petals; make sure you wash them first.
  • Apply to face before the honey cools, but make sure it is not hot as you will scald your face.
  • Leave on for 15 minutes and wash off with tepid water.

We hope you enjoyed learning about Rosewater, and the next time you make lemonade try adding in a couple drops of rosewater so your insides reap the benefits as well.

Looking for more beneficial ingredients that are readily available?  Check out: Lemon, Super Food for your Skin

Photo Source:
1.The Art of Making a Baby 2. Tilo Driessen

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Rockie

Rockie, is a makeup junkie, living north of the border with her husband and exclusively breastfed baby girl! She dreams to one day live in a sunnier and warmer city, but for now, tries to see the beauty in snow and the cold weather.She loves learning new things and enjoys the unexpected surprises life has to offer. You can catch snippets of her life at her blog, Life Unexpected, and follow her on Pinterest and Twitter.

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