How to Use Rose Petal Products For Health & Skin Rejuvenation
Last updated on : March 11 2020
The Benefits Of Roses For Health
Are you wondering why many households around the world keep rose water as a staple of their daily life? It's not that difficult to understand - rose water and other beauty products derived from roses have many benefits.
The positive effects of rose petals on your skin and health are incredibly diverse. It's the reason why many women use rose products as a part of their regular beauty regimen.
The use of roses for beauty and health is a practice that dates back to the days of Cleopatra and ancient Egypt. Even this legendary queen recognized the worth of rose petals.
With all of that in mind, we'll give you a detailed guide on the use of rose products for your health, in particular for skin rejuvenation.
Since time immemorial, roses have remained one of the most elementary symbols of love. If you give a girl a rose bouquet with some chocolates (preferably heart-shaped) for Valentine's Day, it may seem like a cliche; but it's always a good idea.
And that's not a coincidence; roses carry a fragrance that's romantic and even hypnotic; it brings calmness and arouses sensuality.
And roses are not just pretty flowers - rose petals have plenty of health and skin benefits. Even in ancient civilizations millennia ago, people used rose water, rose oil, and roses themselves in cuisine, rituals, and medicine.
Four Kinds Of Roses
There are four kinds of roses that we use to produce rose water and rose oil: Rosa Moschata, Rosa Gallica, Rosa Centifolia, and Rosa Damascena. The Rosa Damascena is the one used for these purposes most commonly because it has the most prominent oil content and the most noticeable fragrance.
The Rosa Damascena, as its name already suggests, probably originated somewhere in the Middle East, possibly in Iraq. This country has a long-standing tradition of rose water given as gifts. The ruler in Baghdad even accepted tributary payments in rose water, that he kept in his treasury.
Preparing Rose Water
If you want to utilize rose petals for your skin's betterment, the best way to go about it is to make some rose water. Mostly, we use this water for our face, though it applies to other parts of the skin as well.
After growing these plants or buying them somewhere, collect a bunch of roses petals and allow them to soak in water for a while, and then you use the water for all kinds of skin treatments.
The easiest and best way to do this is to apply the rose concoction before sleeping, using it to clear off any impurities that you've gathered on your face.
When it comes to the details of actually making rose water, there are two methods - simmering and distilling. Here, we'll leave you detailed instructions for simmering, seeing as this is the more straightforward way to get rose water.
First, take a quarter of a cup of rose petals and place them in a saucepan; if you have only fresh leaves, then use half a cup. Then, pour a cup and a half of water into the pan. Cover the pan and heat it until the water boils. At this point, lower the temperature until a simmer.
Observe the pan, and let the insides simmer until the color fades from the petals. That won't take more than 5 to 10 minutes at most. Then, let the pan cool until all of the heat dissipates.
After this, use a cheesecloth or a nut bag and pour the petals and water through it into a clean, dark bottle. If you need to, you can also use a funnel to make the process easier. Store the collected water in your fridge. You can keep it there for a couple of weeks.
How To Use Rose Water
There are a variety of useful and exciting ways to gain the benefits of your rose water.
So, how do you apply rose water successfully? One of the ways to do it is to spritz it across your face. You can also use it as a product for makeup setting. Just spray a moderate amount over your makeup, and you will feel your face become radiant.
Spritzing is a simple process. Take an empty bottle with a spray nozzle and fill it with rosewater - that's all there is to it. Once you finish your morning face routine, spritz some of the rose water on it, and your face will remain hydrated and fresh throughout the day.
Frizzy and Dry Hair
Do you have frizzy and dry hair? Don't worry. We have a solution for you.
Make a simple mixture of glycerin and rosewater, in equal parts. Dab some cotton pads in the mix, and slowly apply it on your scalp through a 10-minute massage.
Let the mixture sit in your hair for about half an hour and wash it off using shampoo afterward. After shampooing, use rose water as a perfect rinse to finish off the process.
Cleanser & Moisturizing
You can use rose water as a skin cleanser on basically every single kind of skin out there.
After giving your face a mild wash, take one tablespoon of rose water and pour it into a drop or two of glycerine. Use the mixture as a natural and refreshing way to cleanse your face.
For moisturizing, make a paste using some regular cream, almond oil, and rose water and apply all over your body. Or, draw yourself a scented bath using rose petals, for ultimate stress relief and enjoyment.
For people who continuously have inflamed, tired eyes, there's nothing better than taking a cotton pad, soaking it in cold rose water, and dabbing it on your eyes.
You'll see both the redness and the puffiness go away pretty quickly.
Take a cotton ball, and wet it with cold rose water. You can dab this on your skin, and it will serve as a nifty and affordable skin toner. The mildly astringent traits of rose water make it useful for tightening your pores and toning your skin.
Do you have issues with acne? At some point or another in our lives, all of us do, especially during puberty. Don't worry, though - rose water can be of enormous help here.
Take one tablespoon of water that's absorbed the properties of rose petals and mix it with an equal amount of lemon juice. Then, apply this solution on any acne skin you've got and let it seep in for about half an hour.
Afterward, simply wash it off using freshwater. Repeat this regularly, and you'll see your skin starting to clear up and recuperate.
If you've got any fuller's earth, you can also mix that with rosewater and apply it as a face mask. Quickly wash it off using warm water, and it will help prevent acne, reduce excess oil, and cleanse your pores.
Makeup Removal & Skin Treatment
We use many homemade solutions to remove makeup, but few are as useful as rose water.
Pour in a couple of coconut oil drops into your rose water and use it as a makeup cleanser. Not only will this mixture prove to be great at removing makeup from your face, but it will also provide nourishment to your skin.
Though, you should take care to rub gently, not to be too harsh when treating your skin.
You can also use a mixture of rose water, gram flour and lemon juice as a paste that will help get rid of tanning.
Soothing Bath Mix
Use rose petals to create a soothing bath mix that helps irritated skin.
Take one half of a cup filled with rose petals, mix it with a couple of lemon juice tablespoons, and then add a handful of mint. Pour this into a bath, and relax. Soon enough, you will feel this bath cleansing your skin of any excess oil.
A small disclaimer, though - some people find that lemon juice doesn't suit them. In this mixture, as well as any of the other ones we've mentioned, you can freely replace it with white vinegar and achieve a similar effect.
Make a mixture of sandalwood powder, rose petals, and a small spoon of honey; this will become a convenient paste.
You can apply it to your neck and face, and it will become a mask. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes, and start rinsing it off using chilled water.
If you want the mask to be even better at brightening your skin, lessening discoloration, and getting rid of dead skin cells, put some turmeric in instead of honey, and you'll see that it helps a lot.
Other Rose Products
Apart from rose water, there are other beneficial byproducts of roses we can use.
For example, there's rose oil, otherwise known as "attar" or "otto." made through distillation. It has beneficial anti-inflammatory properties, which is why some people use it to reduce fevers.
Rosehip Seed Oil
Just like its name suggests, you don't get rosehip seed oil from the petals, but from the actual fruit that the rose plant bears. In case you have never noticed this, we're talking about the tiny bulb that remains when the petals are removed from the stem, or fall off.
Rosehip does wonders for photo-damaged or mature skin, and it helps alleviate the symptoms of eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis.
Also, the rose petals themselves are a great thing; not only are they fragrant and pretty, but they were utilized for millennia by Romans and Greeks for aromatic baths.
As we've already mentioned, the Egyptian goddess-queen Cleopatra famously adored rose petals, covering her banquet halls and private chambers in rose petals. Presumably, she also used them in beauty treatments, rituals, and bathing.
As you can see, miraculous rose water truly has limitless applications. From spritzing your face to bathing in it, the addition of rose water to your beauty regimen will leave you feeling fresh and rejuvenated.
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