Ancient civilizations – such as the Greeks, Persians and Romans – were the first to discover the benefits of rosewater. They considered roses important fields of wheat and orchards of fruit. Even now, most rose-based goods are produced in these regions of the world.
Rosewater is created by distilling rose petals – the first flower believed to be used in such a way. Rose oil is extracted for perfume while rosewater is re-purposed as a food flavoring and used in many beauty products. Rosewater even plays a part in religious ceremonies.
Today, three varieties of roses – Rosa Centifolia, Rosa Damascena and Rosa Gallica– are used for most commercially processed rose-based products. Don’t be fooled by synthetic rose extracts as these provide no therapeutic value – you need the real thing.
The Many Beautiful Benefits of Rosewater
The Blush of the Rose
Your skin will love the natural anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiseptic and general soothing qualities of rosewater. It purifies, detoxifies, removes dirt and oil, stimulates blood circulation beneath the skin, encourages new skin cell growth and balances your skin’s pH levels.
Rosewater is a gentle yet effective treatment for dermatitis, eczema, acne and sunburn. Rosewater is oh so natural – with no harsh chemicals and zero side effects – making it safe for babies and the elderly.
It can be used on the entire body as often as you’d like without drying out the skin or causing sensitivity. When used on insect bites and small wounds, rosewater helps to prevent infection as well as scarring.
The scent is lovely and the cost is far less than many commercial skin care products.
The Shimmer of the Rose
Using rosewater as part of your weekly hair care regimen can help to increase shine, build collagen fibers for stronger hair, and help hair grow faster. The anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties make it the ideal leave-in treatment for dandruff and dry scalp.
When applying rosewater to your scalp, stimulate your scalp with a boar bristle brush or a ceramic tipped detangling brush. The circulation encourages hair growth while preventing breakage.
Rosewater can be used as a conditioner or a rinse that leaves your hair smelling fantastic and feeling refreshed.
The Clarity of the Rose
If you suffer from tired or irritated eyes due to allergies, exhaustion or long hours spent on the computer, try a few drops of rose water instead of commercial saline solution. Your eyes will look brighter and be soothed more effectively than when you treat your eyes to commercial products.
When you have pink eye or if you are prone to stys – consider flushing your eyes regularly with rosewater. The antiseptic yet gentle properties kill bacteria and help stimulate healing.
The Scent of the Rose
Halitosis and gum disease are particularly receptive to the antiseptic and anti-inflammatory qualities of this gentle cleanser. Rosewater has been shown to soothe gums, strengthen teeth and freshen breath.
The Beauty of the Rose
Roses throughout history have been used in aromatherapy to provide a peaceful environment. They are still used in spas around the world to aid in relaxation. The scent has a powerful anti-depressant effect that soothes the nerves, lifts the mood and eases tension of the body and mind.
If you are having a bad day and you don’t have access to a lovely rose garden –take a relaxing soak with rosewater in your bath, or use it as an after-shower splash to refresh and revitalize your skin as well as your mood.
Rosewater is effective in the treatment of ulcers, high blood pressure, indigestion and poor circulation.
Easily Make Rosewater At Home
To make rosewater at home cover three handfuls of organic, well rinsed rose petals with water and place over low heat. Simmer until half of the water boils away and remove from heat. Allow to completely cool before straining and pouring the rosewater into bottles for future use for your eyes, skin, hair and more.
Rosewater makes an inexpensive and effective air freshener – without the harmful chemicals found in manufactured air fresheners – that can be poured in a store-bought mister for household use.
The benefits of rosewater are far-reaching and have been used around the world in tea for generations. Rose hip tea has been found to be incredibly effective for more restful sleep, to soothe bladder infections, ease sore throats and stop various forms of indigestion.
To make your own, simply add two teaspoons of finely-chopped rose hips or rose petals to one cup of boiling water. Cover and simmer for 15-30 minutes and strain well through cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer. Sweeten with a touch of honey and drink lukewarm for best results.
You can find rosewater in many health food stores, organic markets and Middle Eastern groceries. Make sure you look for actual roses in the ingredients.