Rose Water Recipe
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 // Rose Water:
1. 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 ;)
2. Powerful Antioxidants
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!
3. Aging Properties
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 ;)
4. 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.
5. Enhances Mood
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.
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)
1. Combine Rose Petals and water in pot. (Add in your peppermint and lavender here)
2. Bring to a boil, then turn heat to low, cover, and simmer.
3. Simmer rose water for about 15-20 minutes or until petals have lost their color.
4. Remove from heat keeping lid on and cool for about 30 minutes to an hour.
5. 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.