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Rose Water: Benefits and How To Make It

The use of rose water is so ancient that its origin is lost in the memory of time. Since ancient times, roses have been grown for medicinal, nutritional, cosmetic and even religious use. The extraction process may originate in the Middle East and also the Greeks and Romans considered the cultivation of roses as important as orchard and horticultural crop. Rose water is probably one of the oldest natural remedies in the world.

We don't have to go back a long way, because until just a few decades ago, rose water was something that was never lacking at home. It may have fallen into disuse because of the invasion of thousands of new cosmetic products in the market. However, one must be careful because commercial rose water also contains chemicalsTake a look at this label.

Rose water can be made at home through a very simple process free of chemicals, but before we show you how it's done, get to know the wonders it can do for your health.

Benefits and Uses of Rose Water   

Numerous benefits are attributed to rose water! Starting with external benefits, it can be used on all skin types. It moisturizes, purifies, decongests, nourishes, tones, refreshes, calms and cleanses the skin deeply. It has regenerative properties and helps regulate the pH of the skin. Protects sensitive skin and balances oily skin.

Due do its properties, it also has many uses. Rose water is also:

  • Anti-inflammatory: it reduces the swelling of the eyes, the redness of the skin and the acne. It can be applied over the eyes with soaked cotton discs.

  • Antibacterial: prevents the spread of bacteria. Can be applied directly for treatment of infections, cuts, wounds, and scars.

  • Astringent: helps close the pores and reduce wrinkles and inflammations.

  • Healing: helps to heal wounds, relieve dermatitis, eczema, bruises and is also used to treat burns. Also soothes irritated skin after epilation and shaving.

  • Relaxing: its delicate scent promotes a feeling of relaxation and well-being and helps relieve stress and fatigue.

  • High content of vitamin C: strengthens the immune system by protecting the body against free radicals. It also contains vitamins B and E, tannins and pectin that give it a toning action, reaffirming and cleaning the skin.

  • Anti-aging: its regenerative and antioxidant properties help regenerate skin tissues, increase elasticity, reduce wrinkles and bleach blemishes.

  • Natural make-up remover: can be used along with coconut or almond oil to remove make-up. At the same time it cleans and moisturizes the skin. It's also used to fix make-up after its application. 

  • Prevents hair loss: it stimulates blood circulation in the scalp. Adding rose water to the shampoo (or applying directly by massaging and then allowing it to act for a few minutes) helps with growth, soothes itching and irritated scalp, and helps prevent dandruff. Can also be used as a conditioner.

  • Headaches: applying a compress of rose water helps to relieve headache.

Rose water should be applied in the morning and in the evening with cotton discs or sprayed onto clean skin prior to moisturizing.

As for the internal benefits, we found the following:

  • Digestive problems: calms stomach aches, reduces swelling, and relieves constipation.

  • Flu: the tea of roses helps fight against the flu and the petals can be used in salads.

  • Throat and inflamed gums: gargle rose water helps treat inflammation of the throat. Cotton soaked in rose water helps treat inflammation in the gums.

As for internal benefits, we have never tried it. We only used it as a cosmetic.

If you want to use rose water as an internal or external treatment, you should in first place see your doctor. Each case is different and rose water might not be indicated to deal with the problem.

Well...these seem to be more than interesting reasons to make rose water at home! So now...let's take action!!

There are several ways to make rose water. This is just one of them. Anyway, water brings benefits to the health and flower remains and coffee filter can be placed in the compost pile. Therefore, another wonderful homemade zero-waste product!

We both tried and these are our opinions:

Ana (after washing face): "I'm amazed!"

Luis (after shaving): "I'm a guy!! I'm not supposed to walk around smelling like roses!!...but yes...it calms the skin..."

There you go! Everybody's happy!! :)

Try it!!

VIDEO - How To Make Rose Water

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