Did you know rose water has been used for centuries as a beauty tool in the Middle East?! By boiling rose petals (see method below) you can make your own skincare product that has amazing hydrating and soothing abilities. Not only that, it can act as an anti-flammatory tool to calm those nasty, inflamed pimples. See below what else this amazing powerhouse bloom is good for!
Use as a Toner
Rose water contains a number of anti-inflammatory properties, which play an enormous role in cooling and soothing acne prone, irritated skin. Regular use of rose water can also help prevent wrinkles, slow down the aging process, tighten pores and add a beautiful glow to the skin. To use, pour some on a cotton pad and gently wipe across your face.
Repair Damaged, Dry Hair
Is your hair a victim to daily heat irons and blow dryers? As a natural remedy to replenish the hair with moisture, I would recommend spraying it with rose water every night.
Why? Well firstly, the sugars in rose water are a natural but gentle astringent that can soothe irritated skin on your scalp. Secondly, it is also rich in vitamins A, B3, C, D and E meaning it helps to naturally condition and moisturise the hair. Another bonus is that it can help to de-frizz it. Goodbye, fly aways! If you don’t have a spray bottle, just mix a small amount in with your shampoo or conditioner.
Soothe Razor Burn
For those who haven’t jumped on the laser hair removal band-wagon and are experiencing that horrid razor rash, rose water is your friend! Pour some on a soft cotton pad and then sweep it over the irritated area. This can help to soothe pain, reduce redness and leave you feeling smooth and smelling like a bouquet of roses!
Reduce Puffy Eyes
Monday morning puffy eye-syndrome is not fun nor pretty. Exhaustion, dehydration, excessive amounts of alcohol and stress are just a few potential culprits. Soak a cotton pad in rose water, close your eyes, and leave the eye pads on for ten to fifteen minutes. The rose waters anti-inflammatory properties may help to relieve, calm and soothe the skin.
Now that you know some of the amazing benefits rose water can have, make a bottle and let it transform your skin and hair!
How To Make Your Own Rose Water
- 1 cup of rose petals
- Distilled water
1. Pick 1.5 cups of fresh rose petals (roses must not have any chemicals sprayed on them)
2. Wash thoroughly to remove bugs and dirt particles.
3. Place the rose petals in a large pot and add just enough distilled water to cover the petals. Too much water will give you very diluted rose water.
4. Place the pot on a stove over low heat.
5. Allow the water to steam until the petals have lost their colour and the water has taken on the colour of the rose petals. You should also see the rose oil floating on the surface.
6. Strain the water and place in an airtight bottle before storing in a refrigerator!Stay clear! XO