Rose water is not only beautifully fragrant but extremely versatile. It has an extensive range of uses including facial toner, hair perfume, cooling mist, and linen freshener. Rose petals are edible and rosewater has a place in the culinary world as well.
There are over a hundred different varieties of roses. If you are lucky enough to have roses growing in your garden you can use them to make rosewater. If you will be picking your own roses, do so in the early morning when the blossoms are the most fragrant. You can also purchase roses but they should be from an organic source. It is important to use pesticide-free rose petals so your finished rosewater is not full of chemicals.
It’s possible to use dried petals. I likethese. They are very fragrant, as well as edible.
So what can you do with this sweet smelling flower?
Historically, roses were used for baths and perfumes because of their wonderful aromatic qualities. Other medicinal uses/benefits include:
inflammation and pain relief
teas (they contain healthy flavonoids and are a good source of vitamin C)
relaxation and anxiety relief
facial skin care
Here are a few recipes you can you use your rose water in:
DAILY HAIR MOISTURIZER
4 oz of Rose Water
1/2 oz of each : Grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil, and coconut oil (coconut oil can be drying for some, so you can substitute with jojoba oil or olive oil).
Place in a spray bottle and shake, shake, shake
Use when your hair is feeling dry and dull to bring LIFE back into your strands!
Use equal parts of the rose water and ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar)
Place in a spray bottle, shake and spray for sunburn relief
6 cups water
2/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon rosewater
1 cup sugar
Mix well and chill.
CHICKPEA FLOUR AND ROSEWATER FACIAL MASK FOR PROBLEM SKIN - Chickpea powder helps in cleansing skin deeper which actually helps in fading thedark acne scars.
Take a small bowl and add 2 teaspoons of chickpea flour, a teaspoon of lemon juice, a pinch of turmeric, few drops of glycerin and required rose water to it.
Blend this mixture well to make a creamy paste. If required, add few more drops of rose water but make sure not to make the pack too thin.
After cleansing your face, apply this face pack evenly over your facial skin concentrating on the hyper-pigmented areas on the face and leave on for 10-15 minutes.
After 10-15 minutes, rinse off your face without leaving any residue. Follow-up with your daily moisturizer.
I hope you enjoy all of the wonderful benefits rose water has to offer!