You have probably heard, or seen rose water at a beauty store as either perfume or facial toner. While it is commonly used for these purposes, rose water offers medicinal benefits as well. Learn how to make rose water and how it can help soothe various ailments.
What is Rose Water?
Rose water is a concoction made of rose petals. It is often used as a natural fragrance for perfumes. Apart from medicine and beauty products, rose water is also used in the food and religious industry. It contains around 10 to 50 percent of rose oil but may vary per type.
While its use may be only made famous nowadays, rose water was long used in the Middle Ages for medicinal means. Moreover, the use of rose water dates back to the 7th century. Evidence also suggests that it was used as a treatment for ailments by the Indian tribes of North America.
Benefits of Rose Water
1. Soothe Aches and Pains
Studies claim that rose water has anti-inflammatory effects. It can treat and soothe a sore throat. Other than that, it can also treat migraines and headaches when the fumes are inhaled. Applying it to cloth and placing it on the forehead offers the same effect.
2. Treats Eye Problems
Eye drops with rose water as an ingredient are an effective treatment for the following eye conditions.
- Acute Dacryocystitis
- Dry Eye
- Degenerative Eye Conditions
3. Hastens Wound Healing
Thanks to its antibacterial and antiseptic properties, rose water can hasten wound healing. Moreover, it fights possible wound infections. Wounds, where rose water may be used, include the following.
4. Improves Mood
Inhaling the vapor of rose water can effectively enhance an individual’s mood according to research. Furthermore, studies claim that this concoction contains anti-anxiety and antidepressant properties. It may be an effective treatment for numerous mental health disorders such as depression, grief, tension, and stress. Other than that, it also induces sleep which is quite similar in effect to the prescription drug, diazepam.
5. Improves Digestion
Studies in 2008 claim that the concoction enhances the secretion of bile which, in turn, aids digestion. It also relieves symptoms of digestive problems such as stomach ache and bloating. Apart from its effect on digestion, rose water increases water in the stool. Thus, it can effectively treat constipation.
6. Protects Against Cell Damage
Rose water is packed with potent antioxidants which are compounds that fight the effects of unstable molecules known as free radicals. Due to its antioxidant content, it fights against the effects of aging such as sagging and wrinkling of the skin. Besides, rose water can treat skin conditions such as rosacea and eczema due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Before using the product, it is best to do a spot check. Apply a dime-sized amount on the arm. If there is no effect within 24 hours, then the product is safe for use. However, some individuals may manifest an allergic response to rose water. Side effects that may show up include the following.
- Burning Sensation on Skin
- Stinging Sensation on Skin
If you experience any of the signs stated above, then immediately discontinue the use of rose water. Head to the nearest hospital for treatment.
How to Use It
Whether you choose to make it or buy it, there are many ways to use rose water. These include the following methods.
As a facial toner or cleanser
After washing the face with the usual cleanser being used, rinse the face with the concoction. For toners, apply the product on a cotton ball and apply it all over the face. Pat area dry.
As a facial mist
Move the product to a spray bottle and use it as a facial mist. It can also be used to induce sleep and relieve stress by spraying the product on the pillow before bedtime.
How to Choose Petals
If you decide to create rose water at home, then choosing the right petals is the first thing to consider. For those who already have roses in their garden, make sure to pick flowers in the early morning. It is during this time that the flowers are at their most fragrant state.
On the other hand, for individuals who purchase roses from markets, do check that the flowers were grown in an organic area. The bulbs should be free from pesticides to guarantee that the rose water to be made is chemical-free.
How to Make It
There are two processes for making rose water. The first is by simmering and the second is through distilling.
1. Distilling Process
For this method, prepare the following.
- Five Cups of Rose Petals
- Ice Cubes
- Distilled Water (Must Be Enough for All Five Cups)
- A Glass Bowl (Wide Mouth with a Shallow Bottom)
- Pot with a Lid (Large)
- Glass Jar
- Brick or Stone
Once the items above have been prepared, it is now time to create the rose water. Follow the steps mentioned below.
- Clean the brick or the stone to be used. Afterward, place it in the center of the large pot. The glass bowl is then placed on top of the brick.
- Place the rose petals in the pot. The petals should surround the brick.
- Cover the rose petals completely with distilled water. The water should just be above the uppermost part of the brick.
- Turn on the stove and allow the water to boil. Once it starts simmering, put the lid on the pot. It should be inverted.
- Place ice cubes on the inverted lid. Steam that collects on the surface of the cover will gather at the center and drop into the bowl.
- Let the water boil on low heat for 30 minutes. Continue to add more ice when the ice cubes melt.
- After 30 minutes, let the concoction cool before storing the collected rose water into a glass jar. If refrigerated, then the liquid can last for at least six months.
2. Simmering Process
For this method, you need the following.
- Eight Roses, Petals Plucked and Washed
- Distilled Water (Approximately 1.5 Liters)
After preparing the items mentioned above, follow the steps mentioned below.
- After plucking and washing the rose petals in lukewarm water, place them in a pot.
- Pour the distilled water into the pot and should just be enough to submerge the petals.
- Allow the water to boil on low heat.
- Once the petals lose all their colors, turn off the heat and allow the concoction to cool.
- Strain and discard the petals.
- The liquid collected should then be placed in a jar. It may be refrigerated by up to six months.