Say Hello To Rose Water

It may have been years since you last used or even thought about rose water. Memories surrounding rose water usually include trying to make your own perfume as a child.

But rose water is more than just a childhood memory, it’s a powerhouse of anti-oxidants and minerals that can have a positive effect on the body from the inside out. 

Using rose water as a tonic or even a medicine dates back as early as the 7th century when it was used for a host of different ailments.  And of course, it’s role in cooking is well known. 

Most commercial rose water is a by product of rose oil. Rose oil is collected by steaming the rose petals and the liquid that comes from that – is most commonly used as rose water. 

How to make pure rose water?

Pure rose water is full of vitamins including A, B, C and E. It has powerful antioxidants also and also benefit from anti-inflammatory and antibacterial qualities. 

To make your own rose water, you simply need roses and distilled water. 

You can use as many as you like, just make sure the roses are completely covered. For around 7 stems of roses, you’ll need about 1.5 litres of water.

You then need to remove the petals and rinse them under luke-warm water to remove any residue. Next, add the petals to a large pot and cover with water, you only need to cover them over, if you put too much water in, you’ll risk diluting your final mixture.

The add the pan to a low/medium heat and bring to a simmer, make sure you cover the pan. Let them simmer for around 20 minutes and then strain the mixture to separate the petals and water.

And that’s it, you’ve made your rose water. Just place the water in a glass jar to store.

Just a few benefits of Rose Water

Rose water is a very gentle solution and as such can be used most people, even if you suffer from sensitive skin. However, as with any product, make sure you do a skin patch test before using it on your skin. 

Skin care

The most obvious use of rose water is of course in skin care. It’s so good for our skin and rose can help to keep our skin radiant as well as protecting against any damage. To use on your skin, simply add your mixture to a glass spray bottle and spritz on the skin. 

You can also add a little to your moisturiser. Rose water is especially good for those who suffer from skin conditions such as rosacea and eczema as it has a cooling effect as well as powerful antibacterial qualities. 

Excellent for stress

There aren’t many of us who are not feeling the stresses and strains of modern life. Thankfully, rose water is a natural solution to easing stress, tension and low mood. By just inhaling the scent of rose, you’ll feel calm, relax and less anxious. 

It can help with headaches

Apply some rosewater to a cold compress and lay it on your forehead for relief against headaches and migraines. It’s calming, distressing effects should help to relieve any headache symptoms. 

Digestion

Rose water is said to have a soothing effect on the digestive system. It can help with bloating and stomach upsets and also as a natural treatment for constipation. Just add a few drops to a glass of water. 

Flavouring

Rose tastes delicious! For a start – Turkish delight anyone? It can work well in both sweet and savoury foods. 

There are so many other uses for rose water, it is said to reduce inflammation, alleviate anxiety, enhance your mood, soothe digestion, and purify the body thanks to the flavonoids, tannins, and other essential vitamins it contains.

So it’s definitely worth making a batch up this weekend.

2019-04-04T14:18:32+01:00 April 4th, 2019|Lifestyle tips, Wellness|Comments Off on Say Hello To Rose Water