Rose water is becoming more and more popular. Rose water is famous primarily for its moisturizing properties, but there are many possibilities of its use. You can, for example, drink rose water. Read how rose water works, learn how to use it and how to make it yourself at home.
Rose water is a hydrolate, which is a type of water obtained from flowers. The cosmetic properties of rose water were known to women in antiquity. It is said that Cleopatra herself was supposed to benefit from its benefits. In Arab countries and today, rose water is very often used to cleanse the face, wash, hair and prepare food.
How does rose water work?
Rose water has a pH similar to the natural skin reaction (like any natural hydrolate) and is rich in bioflavonoids (substances that give plants their color), e.g. quercine. It is biolfawonoids that give rose water its antioxidant properties, which prevent damage caused by free radicals.
What's more, thanks to the content of beta-carotene, rose water has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and soothing properties, and the B vitamins contained in it minimize skin tension and keratosis.
As rose water has a soothing effect, it is also recommended for people with acne-prone skin - the product can be a supplement (but never the basis) of acne therapy.
Thanks to vitamin C and vitamin E, the skin is properly moisturized and the process of wrinkle formation slows down. Vitamin C also strengthens blood vessels.
Rose water cleanses and improves skin tone, gives it a healthy color. It is an ideal tonic for all skin types, as it does not affect the skin's protective hydro-lipid layer.
Rose water also contains volatile essential oils that make it smell subtly. Its scent has aromatherapeutic properties and improves mood.
How is rose water made?
Rose water is a residue from the steam distillation process of rose petals, which is a very beneficial "side effect" of rose oil production. The fragrance of rose water is softer than that of rose oil.
The most commonly used flower species for the production of flower water is the Damask rose, but the centifolia rose and the French rose are also used.
How to use rose water?
Rose water for healthy skin
Rose water is used primarily in cosmetics. Most often in tonics rubbed into the face after removing make-up. Toners have a moisturizing effect, and at the same time are very gentle to the skin - they can be used regardless of the type of skin.
The product also gives the skin firmness and elasticity - mainly due to the content of vitamin C and beta-carotene, which stimulate the entanglement of new collagen fibers. And the more collagen, the less wrinkles, which is why rose water can be found in cosmetics for mature skin, anti-wrinkle.
That's not all - you can spray the face with rose water several times a day - it will make it more illuminated.
Rose water for healthy hair
Rose water is also used in the production of hair cosmetics. It not only nourishes the scalp, but also strengthens the hair roots and prevents hair loss. Even ... natural hairsprays are created with the use of rose water.
Rose water for health
What's more, rose water can be used to prepare compresses for tired eyelids and reddened conjunctiva. Effectively soothes eye irritation, adds shine to them.
Rose water is even used as an ingredient in natural toothpastes, as well as in mouth and throat rinses, as it has anti-inflammatory properties.
You can also use rose water to make compresses for a headache - just soak a towel with it and hold it for about 30 minutes. Such compresses can also be used after a mosquito bite - itching and redness should disappear.
Rose water is also a type of household bubble bath. Thanks to it, the bath itself will become more fragrant and relaxing - it will also have a positive effect on the nervous system.
Rose water in the kitchen
Although it is not very popular yet in our country, in the Middle East, rose water has also been used in the kitchen for centuries.
First of all, for drinking: both in the form of water only, but also as an addition to lassi - a sweet drink prepared on the basis of fruits, e.g. mango or pineapple. It can be added to tea, its taste perfectly harmonizes with honey.
It can also be found in desserts - puddings and creams, mousses, cookies.
Where to buy rose water?
Where to buy rose water? It is available in many online drugstores - 100 ml costs about $15. However, it is worth paying attention to the composition of the product - truly natural rose water is made of water and rose petals - and all its ingredients.
The packaging should therefore contain the following information: Rosa Damascena (or Rosa Centfolia, Rosa Gallica) distillate or Rosa Damascena flower water. Glycerin, hydrogenated castor oil, propylene glycol, dyes, artificial flavors are not components of the natural hydrolate.
How to make rose water?
You can prepare rose water yourself at home - thanks to this you can be sure that it was made only from natural ingredients.
A method of preparing:
Place the rose petals in a colander and rinse under cold water. Then place them on a cloth, gently roll it up and tie it with a ribbon. Place the prepared pouch in a glass bowl. Then pour boiling water into the bowl - so that the petals are lightly covered with water. Secure the bowl with foil, wrap the foil and leave the prepared mixture overnight. The next day, drain the petals and pour the rose water into a jar. Finished!