Today, in au naturel beauty tips, we’re going to be talking about a tonic that goes all the way back to ancient Egypt! That’s right: it’s time to channel your inner Cleopatra and embrace the many benefits and uses of rose water.
Ancient Egyptians weren’t the only ones to pick up on why roses, even by any other name, are among the sweetest. While Cleopatra was using the stuff to smooth and nourish angry skin in the summer heat, rose water became a popular culinary flavoring in the Middle East and India. It’s also been used across cultures and centuries with lemonade, raw honey, vinegar, and even brandy to make various remedies and ease depression, PMS, and anxiety.
A Quick How-To
Rose water is essentially a byproduct of making rose essential oil. It can be bought or you can make it yourself! To make it yourself, you’ll need:
1 cup (packed) of rose petals, preferably organic
2 cups distilled water
Mortar and pestle (for bruising the petals; you can tear them if you don’t have these)
And to make it, all you need to do is:
Bring the distilled water to a rolling boil
Add your bruised or torn rose petals to the boiling water
Put a lid (with no hole) on the pot and boil until the color is completely gone from the petals
Remove the pot from heat, letting it sit until it’s completely cooled
Strain the water into bottles or a spray bottle
And Now to Put it to Use
Once you get started with rose water, you won’t want to stop! So here are a few ways (ten to be exact!) to get you going with one of our favorite not-so-secret beauty secrets:
Improve symptoms of depression and anxiety by breathing in the fragrance when you spray it on your skin.
Add to tea to help curb skin and bladder infections.
Spritz your pillow with a bit of rose water for better sleep and to wake up feeling refreshed.
Rose water has antibacterial properties, so apply some to healing cuts and wounds to avoid scarring.
It also has antioxidant properties, so applying some to your skin helps strengthen skin cells and regenerate skin tissues.
Soak a cotton ball in rose water and place over your eyes to help with eye infections or place it on your tooth when you have a toothache.
Apply to affected areas to heal sunburn, bug bites, and rashes. Steep it in apple cider vinegar for an extra boost of healing.
Massage areas of the body with rose water to improve circulation and soothe capillaries.
You can use rose water on your face as a toner. It works to balance your skin’s pH and clear acne. And its anti-inflammatory properties reduce redness and even help get rid of dermatitis and eczema.
Use rose water on your hair! When washing your hair with rose water, it treats mild scalp inflammations, helps get rid of dandruff, and works as a natural conditioner that revitalizes hair growth. You can also spritz a bit of rose water on your hair after you get out of the shower to really enhance its shine.
Don’t forget to let us know about all the awesome uses you come up with for rose water! And stay tuned with HealingRadius for all your holistic health, beauty, and well-being needs!
Kat Wiseman is a content writer for Span Enterprises in Rock Hill, SC. She has a B.A. in English-Creative Writing from Winthrop University and her RYT 200 from Yoga Alliance. When she's not writing or doing yoga, she enjoys Netflix marathons, mystery novels, and being at the beach.