Roses have had a sincerely long history of use throughout time. They were used in perfumes, baths, medicines and even makeup for the queens and those in royal position. Today roses are known as a symbol of love or endearment. Their smell is enticing and their beautiful red and pink petals stand in a yard or bouquet so elegantly. Not only are roses known for their outstanding beauty, but they have a number of great medicinal qualities for this skin.
I have made my fair share of rose water numerous times, it is simple to do at home and it makes your house smell amazing! All you need is a few kitchen supplies and some roses, but first I want to talk about the benefits!
Rose water has been known to help fight dermatitis, acne and eczema while maintaining and balancing the PH of the skin. It also helps heal scars, cuts and wounds while hydrating, revitalizing and moisturizing the skin. Its antibacterial properties help to tone the skin and help to fade away any unwanted age spots and or mole spots. I have even heard a case of it working as a great aftershave product from a few male friends.
The essential oil of rose (when pure quality) has shown to be an antidepressant, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal, cholagogue, cicatrisant, depurative, emenagogue, haemostatic, hepatic, laxative, nervine, stomachic and uterine substance.
If your going to make your own rose water or rose tea, it is always important to find good quality dried organic rose petals. You can usually find them at http://www.mountainroseherbs.com. Never use traditional rose petals that you would get from a floral shop unless you knew for a fact that they were organically grown and not sprayed with chemicals.
To make the rose water you must have the following:
- A deep stainless steel pot with a steamer basket
- A small Stainless steel bowl to catch the water
- Dried Organic Rose Petals or fresh organic rose petals (Enough to surround the bowl (About 2-3 ounces)
- A lid to your stainless steel stock pot
- Distilled water
- Ice cubes
- Fill your pot with water (enough to cover the bottom of the pot, but not enough so that it is touching the steamer basket. (You want your steamer basket that will be holding the rose petals to be hovering right above the water in the pot so that they don’t boil.)
- Place your pot on the stove and put in the steamer basket.
- Place your stainless steel bowl in the center of the basket and pour your rose petals around the outside of the bowl.
- Make sure your rose petals are surrounding the outside of the bowl but aren’t packed high enough to fall into the bowl that will catch the rose water.
- Place a lid upside down on top of the pot and turn up the stove to a medium heat.
- Once the pot starts to heat up place ice cubes or a bag of ice on top of the lid so that the steam that rises to the top of the pot can condensate and fall into the bowl of water inside of the stock pot. (The reason why we put the lid on upside down.)
- Let your pot go for about an hour or more or until all of the roses in the stockpot have been dampened.
- I usually get anywhere from 7-10 ounces of rose water per batch. Once your ice has melted you can add more ice or another bag. Be sure to keep an eye on your rose petals and make sure you are not burning them in the pot.
- After you have collected your rose water let it come to room temperature before bottling and you can store them for up to four months. In the fridge it will last up to 6 months!
You can apply your rose water whenever you please. Most people use it in the morning as a pick me up!
**Info provided above was meant to inform but not meant to treat or cure any disease. If your considering drinking rose as a tea for medicinal purpose, please further your research upon your purpose of healing.
Thank you<3 And happy healing!!