Our initial reaction every time we receive a bouquet of roses, tell us that they make us extremely happy. But it seems, there is more to this bunch of blooms. Science tells us that they also have positive effects physically. Don’t immediately throw them out. There are still various ways to use them like rose water, especially in areas of skin and hair. They also contain antibacterial properties, suitable for all skin types.
The magic of roses does not only happen on Valentine’s Day or on any special occasions. You can experience its magical properties regularly through its processed liquid. You don’t have to search high and low in any store to find this amazing liquid, you can simply make your own with these 5 easy steps.
Things you will need:
- One cup of clean rose petals
- Distilled water
- Glass jar with cover
- Glass bowl
- Sauce pan with lid
Gather all ingredients you will need in order to create rose water. Rose petals should be free from any form of chemicals. You can check out roses online so you can have them delivered right to your doorstep or try a flower shop near you. If you are not confident that they are chemical free, you can wash them with cool water. You will need enough petals to fill 1 bowl or 1 cup.
Boil 2 cups of Distilled water in sauce pan. Add in the bowl of rose petals, scatter them and make sure that they are evenly distributed.
Cover your pan with a lid, the heat should be set to “low”. Do not bring it to a boil, for too much of it will destroy the color and lose its essential properties. Once you see that the petals turn pale and the liquid turns pink, you can already remove it from heat.
Separate the petals from the liquid using the strainer and pour the rose water into the glass jar you’ve prepared. Cover you glass jar to avoid any harmful substances from getting mixed in it.
Voila! You have finished creating your very own rose water. You can store it in your refrigerator to maintain its freshness. Even with the help of the cold storage, its expiry date is only until a week. Make sure to use it within that time span.
After you have created rose water, you have to know where else can you use it. Here are 7 of its common uses:
- Treatment for Damaged Hair – Apply to wet hair and scalp. Massage for 10 minutes, shampoo, and then rinse.
- Hair Conditioner – After the final rinse, apply and leave on 1 cup of rose water to your hair. It will leave hair strands shiny and well-conditioned.
- Shampoo – You can dilute the shampoo using rose water and apply on your hair as usual then rinse.
- Reduces Pimples – Mix rose water with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Apply this on your face and leave on for 25 minutes. Rinse off with water. This is an effective beauty regimen for those who have pimples and acne.
- Makeup Remover – Mix a few drops of coconut oil with rose water. Dab cotton into the mixture and use it to wipe off cosmetics on your face. It will work wonders by nourishing the skin.
- Reduces Excess Oil – This is good for people who have an oily skin. Mix Fuller’s Earth with rose water until you make a smooth paste. Apply the mixture on your face, leave on for 20 minutes, and then wash off. Do this twice or thrice a week to control excess oil.
- Reduces Puffy Eyes – Soak cotton pad in cold or chilled rose water and apply it on your tired eyes. It will help reduce the inflammation.
A rose can radiate beauty as much as an extravagant floral arrangement.
You can check out flowers Melbourne and experience its invigorating qualities beyond its artistry. zflowers.com.au/au/flowers-melbourne
Photo. Silvia Rita
Rose water was used to wash hands at the dinner table back in the Medieval times.