Origin – Thanks to Wki :)
Rose water is the hydrosol portion of the distillate of rose petals, a by-product of the production of rose oil for use in perfume. Rose water was first produced by Muslim chemists in the medieval Islamic world through the distillation of roses, for use in the drinking and perfumery industries.
Since ancient times, roses have been used medicinally, nutritionally, and as a source of perfume. The ancient Greeks, Romans and Phoenecians considered large public rose gardens to be as important as croplands such as orchards and wheat fields.
Rose perfumes are made from rose oil, also called attar of roses, which is a mixture of volatile essential oils obtained by steam-distilling the crushed petals of roses, a process first developed in Iran (Persia). Rose water is a by-product of this process. It has been suggested that the Persian polymath Avicenna discovered how to make rose water in the tenth century. Wikipedia
So now for the uses and benefits!
Stress Relief: The fragrance of roses is a very effective form of stress relief and release stress immediately. Rose water and rose oils are widely used in spas, in soaps and many other cosmetics for relaxation.
Hair: Rose water promotes hair growth, maintains a healthy scalp and deeply nourishing. It can be used as a conditioner as it revitalizes the hair which leaves your hair soft and smooth. Massaging the scalp with rose water improves blood circulation, treats mild scalp inflammations, treats dandruff.
Improved circulation also enhances the shine and strength and stimulates the hair follicles to produce more hair.
Skin: Rose water can bring benefits to all skin types, it can help sooth and cool sensitive and irritated skin, balance and cleanse oily skin, rejuvenate, soften and tone mature skin, revitalize and add beautiful glow to the normal skin. Rose water is filled with anti-oxidants and various vitamins.
Cleopatra used rose oil as an aphrodisiac and used to take bath in rose petals and milk, if it’s good enough for her, it’s good enough for us!
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Rosewater maintains skin’s pH balance therefore, washing your face with rose water clams skins and reduces skin irritations. Add few drops of rosewater into bathing water to get glowing skin and clam skin. This treatment also relaxes and soothes body and mind. Tip; leave a bottle of rose water in the fridge to spritz your face during summer to keep your skin refreshed and also soothe any sun burns. For dry skin, mix glycerine and rose water together and apply regularly. Rose water further helps revitalize ageing skin as it tones, smoothes, hydrates, revitalizes and moisturizes the skin while healing scars and have anti bacterial properties.
I have loved rose water from a very young age and used to soak a cotton wool in rose water and apply all over my face!
Have you ever used rose water? share your thoughts…
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