Making rosewater at home is a simple process. All you'll need are some dried or fresh roses and distilled water. You can use it as a fragrance, or as a beauty product for your skin and hair. It's very gentle so it works well for even the most sensitive skin types.
Here are some of the benefits:
- Anti-inflammatory - This can be beneficial to those with under-eye inflammation or red, sunburnt skin. Just apply to the affected areas with a cotton swab to relieve any irritation.
- Astringent - Since it has mild astringent properties it will tone pores without irritating skin. Place it in a spray bottle and spray it generously on your face after cleansing to get its pore cleansing benefits. Follow with moisturizer.
- Anti-bacterial - The anti-bacterial properties make it safe for acne prone or problem skin. Combined with anti-inflammatory properties this is the perfect natural addition for anyone with existing skin conditions.
- Moisturizing - The natural oils in rose water can help keep skin hydrated with out being heavy and since it's naturally astringent it won't clog pores.
- Mood Boosting - The fragrance has shown to be relaxing and mood enhancing. Add this pleasant smell to your next bath or shower for an easy and instant mood boost.
- Accelerate Hair Growth - Its anti-inflammatory properties are beneficial to the scalp. In addition to this, rosewater also stimulates circulation, which can help those trying to grow out hair. Just add a little rosewater the next time you shampoo.
- Helps with Dark Under-Eye Circles - Because of it stimulates circulation, it can also be beneficial to those who have dark circles under their eyes. Next time you notice tired eyes take a cotton swap of rosewater and press firmly to the dark area for 30 seconds.
Here's what you'll need to make your own:
- Rose Petals - Dried of Fresh
- Distilled Water
- Sauce Pan with Lid
- Sieve or Strainer
I am using fresh rose petals because I have them from my garden. Dried rose petals typically produce a stronger scent. You can buy dried petals or dehydrate your own petals at home. Make sure you know your source and use organic, whether their dried or fresh.
- Place 2 parts water to 1 part rose petals in a shallow sauce pan and place on the stove top on the low heat setting with a tight fitting lid.
- Cook on low until rose petals until they lose their pigment. This takes about 20 minutes but you can leave them on longer if needed.
- Strain out the rose petals and set the fluid aside to cool, about 10 minutes.
- Save the fluid in a tightly sealed jar in the refrigerator, until you're ready to use it.
Yields: 2 cups
The primary use of rosewater is for beauty products but you can also use it while cooking.