10 Rose Water Benefits: From Antioxidants to Anti-Aging

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Ladies, when you think of rose water, what comes to mind? The bottle on your grandmother’s dresser? A bathtub with rose petals floating on the top?
Regardless of what image you have in your mind, rose water (and rose oil) is one of the oldest scents and one of the oldest beauty treatments around. It has been used at least since Cleopatra’s time and probably before. Rose water and rose oil were very valuable commodities in Ancient Persia and Egypt since 3,000 B.C!
Rose water is sometimes made as a by-product when rose oil is produced. However, you can make your own rose water at home. (We will tell you how a little later in this article).
Rose water has been used in some Eastern cultures to celebrate weddings and ensure a happy marriage. It has long been used as symbol of love and is often used during prayer and meditation as a means of purifying the mind.
Rose water is loaded with antioxidants, which fight the signs of aging, and it is rich in vitamins such as C, D, E, A, and B3. It also has flavonoids, tannins, antibacterial, and antiseptic compounds. To top it all off, rose water just plain smells romantic and sweet!
Although there are not a great deal of studies on rose water and its effects on health, rose water has been used for centuries to cure digestive problems, relieve eye irritation, and help to improve respiratory health.
Let’s take a look at all the ways you can use rose water.

1. Spritz Away! “A great way to use rosewater is by spritzing it on your face. Rosewater can also be sprayed over makeup to work as a makeup setting product, the mist will leave your face radiant”, suggests Delhi-based makeup artist, Mrignaina Kumar. Fill an empty spray bottle with rosewater and spritz once you’re done with your morning beauty routine to keep your face fresh and hydrated.

2. Dry and Frizzy Hair? You’ve come to the right place. Mix equal parts rosewater and glycerin, apply on the scalp with the help of cotton pads and massage for 10-15 minutes. Let it stay for another 30 minutes and wash off with shampoo.

3. Facial Cleanser: Rose water can be used a cleanser on all skin types. After washing your face with a mild face wash, all you have to do is add a few drops of glycerine to 1 tbsp rose water and apply it on your face.

4. No More Tired Eyes: If you have tired, inflamed eyes – soak a cotton pad in chilled rose water and apply. It helps reduce puffiness under the eyes and get rid of redness.

5. Hair Conditioner: Post shampooing, use a cup of rose water as a final rinse. It helps condition the hair deeply, adding a healthy shine you’ll just love.

6. Facial Toner: Wet a soft cotton ball with chilled rose water and dab it on cleansed skin. Its mild astringent properties help tighten the pores and gently tone the skin.

7. Goodbye Acne: “Mix 1 tbsp of lemon juice with 1 tbsp rose water, apply it on acneic skin and let it stay for 30 minutes. Wash with fresh water and reap the benefits”, says Dr. Rahul Nagar, Dermatologist, Max Hospitals. You can also apply a speedy facepack of fuller’s earth (multani mitti) and mix it with rose water. Once it dries, wash it off. This helps cleanse pores, control excess oil and prevent acne.

8. Makeup Remover: Tried and tested, this is the best makeup remover ever. Add a few drops of coconut oil to rosewater on a cotton pad and cleanse your face. The mixture works wonders to wipe off makeup and nourish your skin deeply at the same time. Note: Rub gently to avoid being harsh to your skin.

9. Fair and Lovely: Add 2 tbsp gram flour and mix it with rose water plus lemon juice to make a smooth paste. Apply for 15 minutes to get rid of tanning.

10.Rose Water Acne Treatment

Rose water has natural antibacterial and antiseptic compounds that make it perfect for fighting acne without drying or irritating chemicals. Simply mix one tablespoon of lemon juice with one tablespoon of rose water in a small bowl. Saturate a cotton ball in this solution and rub it on the affected areas. Allow it to work its magic for 30 minutes, and then rinse off with plain water. Use the rose water toner afterwards for double the acne fighting power!

Internally, rose water has been used for centuries to solve all kinds of problems. It is completely safe to drink and can help relieve numerous health problems including:

  • Hydrating the skin from the inside out
  • Reduces wrinkles and lightens age spots
  • Improves the mood and relieves minor episodes of depression
  • Fights bloat, upset stomach, even constipation
  • Has a bronchodilator effect that can make breathing easier for those suffering from respiratory issues
  • Calms the nerves
  • Helps the body heal from the cold or flu virus
  • Eases sore throat pain
  • Calms feelings of anxiety
  • Stops headaches
  • Stops nagging coughs
  • Use as an eye drop to refresh and soothe the eyes
  • Reduces puffy eyes and dark circles under the eyes
  • Sprayed on the hair improves the quality and adds shine
  • Rinsing with rose water can treat dandruff or itchy scalp
  • Helps wound, burns, and small skin injuries to heal more quickly

Want to know how to make your own rose water? It’s much easier than you might think!

If you are lucky enough to have your own roses, you have most of the needed ingredients right on hand! If not, ask your family, friends, or neighbors who might have roses. Ask them if you can clip some of their wilted flowers for your own personal use. Or you can tell them that you will make them a bottle of rose water with their roses. Who could say no? Remember to always use rose petals that have not been sprayed with pesticides!

Two ways to do your own rose water:

  1. Boil 2 cups of water and pout over a container that is filled with rose petals. Red and pink roses usually release the most fragrance but any color will do! Cover the container and allow it to sit until it is completely cool. Strain and keep your rose water in the refrigerator!
  2. You can also fill a glass container with a tight fitting lid (such as a Mason jar) about 2/3 full of rose petals. Cover the petals with distilled water. Place the container in direct sun for 2 or 3 days. Shake once each day. Strain out the rose petals. It’s that easy! Yes, you can leave the jar in the sun as long as you like, but chances are that the roses have released all their compounds within 72 hours.

You can also make a terrific rose tea by steeping a handful of rose petals in boiling water for about 10 minutes. Be sure to put a lid on the pot while it is gently boiling. Strain out the leaves and drink two or three cups each day!

You gotta love roses! No matter what you do to them, they look and smell beautiful!

source: naturalon.com food.ndtv.com

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