10 AMAZING BEAUTY BOOSTS OF ROSE WATER
Did you know that roses are for more than just smelling and sitting pretty on your counter? If you are looking for a Natural Beauty Boost to refresh your Skin and Body, add Rose Water to your healthy lifestyle routine!
Roses can be made into rose water, which has amazing health and beauty boosting properties. It is an ancient natural tonic that soothes and nourishes the skin and an all-purpose beauty treatment. Rose water contains the antioxidants flavonoids, anthocyanins, terpenes and phenolic compounds that are free radical scavengers, anti-inflammatory agents and antidepressants.1,2, 3, 4
My Favourite Top 10 Rose Water Beauty Boosts
1. Skin Cleanser or Toner- Use it as a facial cleanser or toner. Just rinse your face with rose water after washing with your normal cleanser. Rose water helps balance the skin’s PH, and tightens pores.
2. Soothe Skin Irritation & Redness- One of the benefits of rose water is its strong anti-inflammatory properties which may improve your complexion, reduce skin redness and improve skin conditions like acne, eczema or rosacea.2 It is a great cleanser and aids in removing oil and dirt accumulated in clogged pores. You can apply it to the skin topically on its own, or mix it with moisturizers or natural oils like coconut oil.
3. Stress Relief – Simply create a rose water mist by adding to a spray bottle then mist on your wrists, face or even onto your pillow. When you are Zen your digestion improves to absorb the nutrients your body needs to encourage your skin, hair and nails glow!
4. Anti-Aging – Rose petals and rose oil contain a number of powerful antioxidants, which can help protect cells from oxidative damage. Rose water may have anti-aging properties that can soothe irritated skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles when applied topically. One study found that these antioxidants had potential lipid peroxidation inhibitory effects. This provides powerful cell protection as a result.
5. Heals Cuts, Scars and Burns – Rose water has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that can help wounds, burns, and even scars heal faster.5
6. Sunburn Relief- Mix equal parts of rose water and apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle and spray on sunburned skin for relief. You can also place equal parts of rose water and aloe vera in an ice cube tray.
Place ice cubes in a soft cloth and apply directly to sunburns for cooling and soothing relief.
7. Cooling Mist– Rose water misted on your skin is a great way to cool down and refresh. You can keep it in your purse for on-the-go use or keep it in the refrigerator for extra cooling.
8. Eyes – Rose water can be used to help reduce dark circles, puffiness under the eyes, tired, irritated or dry eyes. I like to dip cotton pads in chilled rose water. Rose water also has powerful antiseptic properties, which can prevent and treat infections, including the eyes.6 One study even found that when rose water was used in eye drops to treat conjunctivitis cases, its antiseptic and analgesic properties helped in treating the ocular disease.
9. Perfumed Sprays- Rose water can be used as natural perfume by dabbing it on your wrists and neck for a light hint of perfume.
10. Hair Perfume & Treatment– You can also add essential oils to rose water and spritz on hair to give it a light hint of roses and refresh. My favourite is ¼ cup of rose water, 4 drops of Ylang Ylang, 4 drops of Lavender, 4 drops of Grapefruit and 4 drops of Bergamot!
Other Health Benefits of Rose Water
1. Mood- Rose water may have antidepressant and antianxiety properties. A 2011 animal study found that the extract of rose petals can relax the central nervous system reducing depression and anxiety. For a calming bath, add 1-2 cups to your bath water or simply mist on skin when desired.
2. Headaches- Rose water and rose essential oil have been found to reduce headaches potentially by helping to reduce the effects of stress. One study found that the vapor of rose water can soothe headaches. You can also may a cool compress soaked in rose water to the head for 30 minutes while relaxing.
3. Sore Throat– Rose water has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory and thus has traditionally been used to soothe sore throats. Although there is strong anecdotal evidence to support its use, more research is needed to prove its effectiveness and show its mechanisms of action for immunity and sore throats.
4. Digestion- Rose water has traditionally been used to help support digestion by enjoying it as a tea. According to a 2008 study, there is some positive findings that rose water can improve digestive function and may improve bile secretion which can further aid digestion.
5. Refreshing Drink– Add a splash of rose water to your herbal tea or lemonade for a refreshing flavour twist!
6. Linen Freshener– Spray on sheets before going to bed in the evening for a linen freshener. You can add a few drops of rose or lavender essential oils before spraying to enhance the effect further.
DIY Rose Water
There are two easy DIY Ways to Make Rose Water. The quickest method is to simmer rose petals (dried or fresh) in water. This will give you a fragrant, rose-coloured water. This is best suited for recipes and uses that will be used within a few weeks as it has a limited shelf life. The distilling method forms rose hydrosol which is clear and much more shelf stable. These recipes are for when you can Take the Time to Smell the Roses , but If life is hectic not to worry, you can simply buy ready-made Rose Water!
DIY 5 Minute Rose Water
- 1½ cup water
- Rose petals (¼ cup dry or ½ cup fresh)
- Other: small stockpot with lid, cheesecloth & dark storage bottle
- Bring water to a boil in a small stockpot on high heat. Reduce heat to low, add rose petals and cover. Simmer for 5-10 minutes, or until the colour of the rose petals has faded.
- Turn heat off and leave the lid on and cool completely.
- Strain through a colander lined with a cheesecloth and then pour into a dark bottle.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or on the counter for up to one week.
DIY 60 Minute Rose Water
- Rose petals (1½ cups dried or 3 cups fresh)
- Other: large stockpot with lid, clean brick or stone (approximately the same size as a brick), metal or heat-safe glass bowl & dark bottle for storage (spray nozzle optional)
- Place the brick/stone down in the centre of a large stock pot.
- Put the metal/heat-safe glass bowl on top of the brick/stone.
- Place the rose petals into the stockpot, around the brick and bowl (not in the bowl). If you are using fresh petals, gently press them down, so they are around the brick and under the metal bowl.
- Pour water into the pot to cover the petals until it comes to almost the top of the brick.
- Invert the stockpot lid and cover the stockpot. This allows the steam to collect and drip down to the centre of the lid and drip into the bowl.
- Next place the ice until it covers the inverted stockpot lid. This encourages the steam to condense and drop into the bowl as it is the steam that actually forms your rose water. Bring the water to a boil on high heat, and then reduce heat to low to continue to simmer. As the ice melts, remove the water with a turkey baster, replace ice as it melts and simmer for at least 30 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let cool completely with stockpot lid still on. Carefully lift the lid so that none of the melted ice water falls into the pot.
- Voila you are done! Next simply pour the Rose Water that has collected in the bowl you’re your dark bottle for up to 6 months at room temperature.
How to Choose the Best Rose Water
If you are buying rose water. As with any other foods or beauty products look for the simplest ingredient list and organic where possible.
- Spray Bottle (gives you more options for use)
- Size- Rose Water can last a long time as a little goes a long way.
- Alcohol-Free – Alcohol can be drying to the skin.
- I like the brand Cedar Rose Water
Dr. Joël, ND, Inspiring Health Naturally
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