Not only did our ancestors in the Middle East add rosewater in almost every dessert, but they also relied on rosewater as a beauty remedy for centuries. But what is it about rosewater that makes it so versatile? Rosewater naturally has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties in it that can naturally treat and heal just about anything. Its pH balance is similar to that of our skin, so it’s very gentle and compatible when applied. Here are just SOME of the many uses and benefits of rosewater:
- Facial Toner: To keep fine lines and wrinkles away, soak a cotton ball in rosewater and apply as a toner two times daily.
- Dark Under-Eye Circles: Dip cotton balls in chilled rosewater and apply to the dark circles of your eyes. Let sit for 10-15 minutes. For more tips on how to get rid of dark under eye circles, click here.
- Goodbye Acne: Combine equal parts rosewater and fresh lemon juice; apply with a cotton ball to the acne spots. Let sit for 20-30 minutes and say goodbye to acne!
- Setting Makeup: After you’ve finished applying your makeup, spritz on some rosewater to set your makeup and add a fresh, dewy glow.
- Hair: Rosewater has a pH balance very similar to that of our hair. It is used to reduce dandruff and increase circulation for a healthier scalp and shinier hair.
- Perfume: Who doesn’t want to smell like a bouquet of roses? Spritz on some rosewater after the shower and anytime you want to sweeten up a bit!
- Eye Drops: Whether you wear eye contacts or live in dry weather, rosewater eye drops will have your eyes feeling conditioned and comfy.
- Bed Fragrance: This is the ultimate de-stresser and insomnia-fix. Spritzing some rosewater all over your sheets and pillowcases will have you falling into a deep and peaceful slumber.
- Aromatherapy: Add as little or as much rosewater as you like in your humidifier. The scent of rose will help to de-stress and relax you.
- Mouthwash: Nobody likes rancid breath, period. But if you want to try something different than your plain old mint mouthwash, give rosewater a go! This gets rid of that foul-smelling breath, thanks to the natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties in it. Just swish and gurgle AT LEAST twice daily for a floral scented mouth.
Want to make your own rosewater? Here’s how:
- 5-7 stems of organic roses (depending on how strong you want it)
- 1.5 L distilled water
Pluck all of the rose petals off and place them into a pot. Pour the distilled water in so it covers the rose petals. Cover the pot and let it simmer for about 30 minutes. Place a colander in a larger bowl to catch the rose petals. Pour the rosewater into a bottle or jar. You now have your very own homemade rosewater!
Alia Brooke xx