Rose Water has been used in many cultures around the world for thousands of years.
The Romans were the first to classify and document the healing powers of natural Rose Water for more than 30 ailments. Even Cleopatra was said to bathe in rose water for its healing and beautifying qualities.
Rose Water is a natural anti-inflammatory that can help reduce redness and acne. It has antibacterial properties and can help to soothe breakouts and minor skin irritations. It’s also hydrating and helps maintain the skin’s natural pH level and relieves dry or itchy skin.
Rose Water can also control excess oil without drying out the skin. Its antioxidant properties can also help regenerate new skin cells. It can be used as an astringent to help clean pores, reduce redness, and tone the skin, soften fine lines and wrinkles all while gently scenting the skin with its soothing fragrance. While there are many brands of rose water commercially available in the market today, making your own is actually not complicated in the least. Here is one of the simplest recipes we have tried.
What you will need:
Freshly plucked roses in any colour
Simple steps to make Rose Water:
Pick all off the petals from the roses (7-8 roses should suffice)
Rinse the rose petals washing off any dirt or bugs or pesticides.
Place the petals in a pot and cover them with filtered water. The water should be just enough to cover the petals.
Turn the stove on low, cover the pan with a lid, and let it simmer for 30 minutes to an hour.
Check on it every 10-15 minutes to keep an eye on the water level.
Strain out the rose petals and you will be left with freshly made, preservative-free rose water
Once cooled, pour one part rose water and one part witch hazel into a bottle with a spray to use as a toner or refresher.
It will stay fresh for a couple of weeks if it is stored in the fridge.