Rose Water Wisdom + Recipe
Rose and rose water is notoriously grouped with some of the most iconic women // goddesses of all time, Queen Cleopatra and the Goddesses Chloris + Aphrodite are just a few. It is said that a Persian Empress was sitting in her garden the night of her wedding by their beautiful fountain. It had many rose petals floating in it which had been soaking in the suns’ warmth all day. The Empress happen to gaze upon the inner edge of the fountain, noticing how a bit of oil built up. Curious, she reached for it. The attractive aroma and the softness that she felt upon her skin caused her to use this as her beauty regimen and she was said to be beautiful for the rest of her days.
The Famous Queen Cleopatra was known to bathe in milk and roses, and quite literally sleep in a bed of roses -it is said her timeless beauty was the cause of this. The rose is recurrent in the tragic love // seduction tale of Queen Cleopatra and Marcus Antonious. Having her eyes set on General Marcus Antonious, she had her chambers draped in roses and fountains flowing with rose water in order to seduce him.
Another Rose Lore is the early Christian men actually discouraged its cultivation because of its’ association with “infidel or infidelity”. Once the rose was associated with the Virgin Mary it became universally accepted in Medieval Europe and who herself was known as, “Rosa Mystica”. Some say that the very first rosary beads were made from rose hips.
There are many interesting facts and lore that surround rose, but let’s take a look into why it is so healing for the skin.
Top 5 Health Facts About Rose Water:
Anti-Inflammatory + Soothes Skin Inflammation
-Rose Water is a well renowned beauty product ingredient and not for no good reason, it magically and almost instantaneously calms the skin and reduces skin irritation and redness, sometimes leaving a dewy glow. What is responsible for this you ask? It is the plants phenolic compounds Gallic acid and Ellagic acid (these being Rose’s anti-inflammatory powerhouse), and flavonoids that contain the anti-inflammatory properties, and has been scientifically proven to reduce inflammation… but we didn’t really need the research to know or feel that ;)
-An antioxidant powerhouse, rose contains antioxidants that have lipid peroxide inhibitory effects, which supports and protects strong healthy cells and even flavonoids that reduce pain
-A lot of the anti-words or kind of negative and one of the most common “known” benefits of rose and rosewater is the anti-aging properties, but as we all know –we’re human. We age. On the flip side that’s not going to say that rose water can’t play a helpful role in the matter. Many studies have been conducted in reference to this anti-aging quality and many have found that rose water can be beneficial topically when used on the skin over long periods of time. In the eyes of a non-expert and just putting thoughts together, the anti-aging quality is more of an “age gracefully” quality and it more than likely because of all of the other wonderful benefits it gives your body, and incorporating it into your beauty regimen certainly won’t age you ;)
Heals Cuts, Scrapes, Surface Burns, and Wounds
-Rosewater can be used as an antiseptic and antibacterial, aiding in eye infections and irritations, it can also clean wounds so they can heal nicely and sometimes even more efficiently.
-There have been recent studies putting rose and rose water to the test. The studies have shown that the extract of rose reveals anti-depressant and anti-anxiety properties and can relax the central nervous system.
As you can see we can learn a lot from the ancients and the wisdom they have passed through the lineages and branches of story, flesh and blood. We have modern science to break down each and every part of plants so we can learn every possible thing about them, but sometimes allowing the ancestors to speak to you the wisdom they lived is more magical. If you feel rose is calling you, stop, say hello, and smell. Take in her fiery, healing, and mystical beauty.
Rose Water Recipe
Ingredients // Supplies:
½-¾ cup (dried) or 2 cups (fresh) Rose Petals
3-4 cups water
Strainer or Cheese cloth
Medium/Large Pot with Lid
*BONUS TIP: If you have Lavender or Peppermint in your garden grab just a few mint leaves and lavender springs (about 1-2 Tablespoons each)
Combine Rose Petals and water in pot. (Add in your peppermint and lavender here)
Bring to a boil, then turn heat to low, cover, and simmer.
Simmer rose water for about 15-20 minutes or until petals have lost their color.
Remove from heat keeping lid on and cool for about 30 minutes to an hour.
That’s it, now you have delicious Rose water that you can infuse with herbal remedies, cookery, or just want to enjoy a nice glass of Rose Water Lemonade.
Try our Rose Goddess Tonic to get your dose of goddess in a bottle!