What Can I Do With Rosewater?
Roses are beautiful, aromatic, and delicious. The Romans in particular distilled rose oil for use as a perfume, breath freshener, and medicine; rose water was popular for cosmetic use and in food throughout the Roman Empire. Indeed, up until the introduction of vanilla in the 16th century (alongside chocolate, thanks be to Hernan Cortes!) rosewater was a major part of the British diet.
Even today the flower is used in the production of foods such as Turkish Delight, Kulfi, and Rose Lemonade. But there is more to this flower than it's sweet, sweet, nectre. It is also immensly good for your skin and hair. It is believed to be good for "reducing the signs of aging" as rose water contains a number of antioxidants including flavonoids and anthocyanins, plus the petals are nutritionally dense, containing vitamins A, C, E, and B.
Rose water has a natural astringent quality that makes it helpful for treating skin blotchiness. It can also be sprayed on the skin after cleansing to help the skin better absorb its moisturizer. Rose water also has anti-inflammatory qualities that makes it really good for treating facial redness, especially eczema. It can also be helpful for acne, dermatitis, or skin that’s mildly irritated. It is also naturally antibacterial and an be used to treat infections, so it is great for reducing blackheads and acne.
Bearing that in mind, here are three simple ways to use Rose Water, trust me, you will look gorgeous!
For your skin
Rose Water Face-mask
Use this mask once a week to treat rosacea, acne and other conditions that cause a reddening of the skin (it even works for sunburn!)
3 tbsp rose water
1 tsp yogurt
1 tsp honey
- Add the honey and yogurt to the rose water.
- Mix together and then apply to your face for about ten minutes.
- Rinse it off with warm water.
Rose Water & Glycerine Toner
This is one of the best toners in the world. The rose water is naturally astringent and tightens the skin, while the glycerine helps your skin retain its moisture, reducing age spots and lines, and keeping your skin supple and soft.
2 Tbsp rosewater
2 Tbsp glycerine
2 Tbsp distilled water.
- Mix the ingredients together.
- Place the mixture in your sterile bottle.
- Shake before application.
- Soak cotton wool in toner.
- Wipe over skin.
This also makes a great spritz to keep your skin cool in the summer heat. Simply pour into a sterile spray bottle and use on your pulse points, feet and face whenever you need to be woken up a little.
Rose Water and Black Salt Scrub
I used this scrub only last night and my skin feels so soft today. I can't recommend it enough. If you are using a coarse grain of salt then only use this as a body scrub, as salt can cut the skin. The salt I chose is extra fine, for that very reason.
2 tbsp Coconut Oil
100g Black Salt
2 tbsp Rose Water
6g dried Rose Petals
- Melt the oil in the microwave.
- Add the rose water.
- Mix together and leave to cool (it is imperative that the oil is cold before adding the salt, otherwise the salt will melt into the oil).
- Blend the rose petals until they are small bits. I used a pestle and mortar, which worked very well, but did take a little more elbow grease.
- Mix the salt and crushed petals together.
- Once the oil is cold, mix everything together.
- Decant into a sterile jar (I favour an empty Mr Vikki's Tomato and Nigella Chutney jar, their labels come off very easily; plus their chutneys are amazing).
- Rub over wet skin, then rinse off with warm water.
So there you have it! How to keep your skin looking silk smooth and glowing with health, in three easy steps.
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