A close friend asked me to post about Rose water & it's benefits - so here goes. Rose water is a staple in Lebanon. It's a must in the house whether to be used for baking or as home remedies for skin irritations & more.Rose water is a by-product of Rose Oil. During the preparation of Rose essential oil, a distillation process is used & the oil is separated from the water - making both a Rose Oil & Rose Water. Both the rose oil & the rose water contain a beautiful scent & natural healing properties. Rose water contains a variety of nutrients and vitamins; one vitamin that is highly available in rose water is Vitamin C (a must in everyone's diet). Vitamin A can also be found in rose water, as well as antioxidants - such asflavonoids (Quercetin - allergy suppressant, gallic acid, malic acid, citronellol geraniol and more.Rose is a natural astringent (contracts tissues and canals of body, diminishes blood or mucus discharge) with anti-inflammatory properties. It has hydrating & rejuvenating affects on the skin.
Please note that these benefits are only found in genuine natural rose water - some manufacturers produce synthetic rose water which have no therapeutic value. It is important you obtain the right product to see results
Astringent -Contracts tissues -Diminishes blood/mucus discharge Relieve Eye Irritation & Infection
- Applied by cotton swab, dab eye lid & around the eye area to relieve eye irritation
- Also helps reduce puss due to conjunctivitis or bacterial infections of the eye. Antiseptic.
- Apply throughout the day, especially before bed and after waking up.
- Helps absorb excess Oils
- Helps in controlling Acne
Diminish Wrinkles & Pores
- Tightens pores
- Reduces appearance of fine lines
- Dab on temples and eye area to ward off or soothe headaches.
Reduces Skin Redness
- Diminishes the redness caused by enlarged capillaries.
- May help reduce or stop bleeding in minor cuts & wounds
- Cleanses cuts & wounds
Aperient -Laxative -Purgative Constipation
- Helps in relieving constipation & gas
Carminative -Relieves FlatulenceGas / Flatulence
- Helps in relieving constipation & gas
Refrigerant -Cooling effectAfter Shave
- Reduces irritation after shaving
Hives Rashes Chicken Pox Eczema
- Mixed with Corn Starch - Reduces Irritation & diminishes Itch
- Soothes & cools sunburned skin
- slightly disinfects skin to help in preventing infection & irritation
Cardiac Tonic -Stimulates & Strengthens Heart MetabolismHeart Health
- Aids in Circulation
- used in treatments for heart disease
Other Properties Make-up Setting Spray
- Add it to spray bottle
- Spritz lightly over your face.
- It will set your makeup and gave you a dewy finish for hours.
- Add it to spray bottle
- Spritz lightly.
- (Add a couple drops of Rose oil to enhance smell)
- Add to shampoos to give refreshing smell & help soften & condition hair.
- Pour over head while showering - can reduce inflammation of the scalp,
- Can increasing blood supply to the scalp and promotes hair growth.
- With the addition of a few drops of Rose Oil, you could make a natural cleanser.
- With a cotton swab, you could use Rose water as a make-up remover.
- apply in a circular motion (take note not to press hard, so as to not irritate the skin)
Balances skin pH
- Helps in controlling dry & oily skin
- Soothes dermatitis conditions ie. eczema
- Add to a hot bath for relaxation help
- Helps in trapping moisture - making skin smooth & firm
- Relieve fatigue
- Improve your mood
- Reduces stress and depression
Emotional & Psychological
- Mild sedative and anti-depressant
- Improves Mood
- Reduces stress
- Relieves Nervous tension
- Just as a body mist, this natural remedy can be used on both the body & in the home.
- Spritz Rose water (with a few drops Rose oil) for a refreshing scent
- Rose water is used in many desserts & baking recipes.
- Some use it as a substitute for vanilla extract
Uses of Essential Rosewater
By Lucille Verrier, eHow ContributorRosewater has become well known for its versatility.
Rosewater, also known as "rose hydrosol," is used extensively for its wide range of properties, including flavoring, aromatic, therapeutic and ceremonial. It was also used by upper classes of the past. According to Aromaticamedica.com, "As a further reminder of her love to Mark Anthony, Cleopatra had the sails of her ships soaked in rosewater so that the scent of the rose on the breeze alerted her lover of her impending arrival -- well before she could be seen."
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- Due to its distinctive flavor, rosewater is used in a variety of traditional recipes in the Middle East, India, Indonesia and Western Europe. This includes such dishes as puddings, custards, cakes, scones, candy, ice cream, syrups, mousses, rice, cookies, turnovers, jellies, fancy desserts and fondues. It is used in drinks and as a non-alcoholic alternative to wine. A 2004 issue of the "Saudi Aramco World" reported that "Rose water offers a way to refine the socially ubiquitous glass of tea, and it is now often offered as a healthful caffeine-free 'white coffee.' "
- Mixing rosewater into an unscented moisturizing cream or oil creates a luxurious rose-scented massage. Spraying rosewater on bed linens, on a yoga mat, in a room, or directly onto skin and hair adds an infusion of its sweet fragrance. Use a bottle with a nozzle that provides a fine mist to maximize the effect. Add it to bath water to enhance the experience of relaxation. Dab it onto the skin as a light perfume. Instead of plain water, rosewater may be used to add its particular aroma to anything, including laundry water as did the Elizabethans. Cleopatra was known to use it as an aphrodisiac.
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- Rosewater has been prized for centuries as a natural antiseptic and anti-bacterial solution. It is used to prevent and treat eye infections as an eyewash. It can also reduce the effects of such skin conditions as acne, wrinkles, redness and puffiness. Apply rosewater by itself as a moisturizer to hydrate dry skin and lips, to soothe sunburned skin, and to relieve such skin irritations as insect bites. It can restore the natural luster of nails and hair, and brighten a dull complexion. It is also beneficial when used in aromatherapy. Rosemagazine.com reports that it "offers a soothing property to the nerves and emotional /psychological state of mind. It is regarded as a mild sedative and anti-depressant."
- Rosewater is prominently featured in certain cultural ceremonies and traditions. At the end of a Muslim wedding banquet, the hands and faces of guests are sprinkled with rosewater using special hand-held sprinkler bottles. It is also used to greet guests and as a body cleanser before praying. IndiaDivine.org states that "Throughout history rose water has been widely used to purify and cleanse places of worship" and indicates that the Taj Mahal is no exception. Rosewater is also a fundamental ingredient in love potions and amulets.