The world is a rose; smell it and pass it to your friends. ~Persian Proverb
I have several blog posts planed for infusing flowers with vinegar & oil, & rose petals will be included in those posts as well, but I want to start of by sharing a favorite of mine, “Rosewater”
Yes rosewater has a beautiful aroma & this simple DIY natural water can be used as a skin toner, moisturizer for skin & hair . Rosewater can also be used in homemade soaps, lotions, deodorants, mouthwash, & other skin-care products. Also great for a Skin & body mist. Some like to add rosewater to cool mist humidifier or other ways of room deodorizing because rose is a great way to lift the mood. & makes a great DIY cleaner.
It is best to pick the petals first thing in the morning when dew is the heaviest, try to only use petals that a free of pesticides & chemical fertilizers. I use Food grade diatomaceous earth on my roses to kill pests, & I also spray with peroxide & fertilize with Epsom salt & baking soda.
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Update: I wrote this blog showing my fans how to make their own rosewater & great uses for it. I have used rosewater on my skin & to mist my hair, body etc. & I have used rose oil in my nopoo, but I had never used rosewater in my nopoo routine, so I washed my hair & used the rosewater as conditioner mixed with some citrus vinegar & a pinch of Epsom salt in warm water & wow!! I love it, my hair even has body. I am sold, now to get a stockpile of rose petals lol. (info below)
Gather your petals, wash with cool water to remove any dirt or pests, try to at least start off with 1 cup of firmly packed petals.
You can use all the same color petals or different color petals off different rose bushes, you can use wild rose petals or even mix wild & the ones you grew yourself. Ask friends for their petals.
The ratio is 1 part rose petals to 2 parts boiling water, so if you gather one firmly packed cup of rose petals you will need 2 cups of boiling water & so on. Use only distilled water, filtered water or pure spring water, add the washed rose petals to a heat-resistant bowl & pour the hot water over the rose petals.
Then just cover the bowl with a lid or plate & let the rose petals steep for 30 to 40 minutes. Then simply scoop out as many of the petals as you can with clean hands, making sure to squeeze the petals to get as much moisture out as possible. then strain the rosewater through a coffee filter into a jar.
Rosewater will last about a week to 10 days if stored in the refrigerator when not in use. to help extend its shelf life either add 1 tbsp. of colloidal silver per 2 cups of rosewater, or add 1 tbsp. rubbing alcohol, grain alcohol or Vodka per 2 cups of rosewater.
Rosewater is antiseptic & has antibacterial properties that helps with many skin issues as well as great for those who just want to maintain their skin. Rosewater is great in your to help you fight the signs of aging by protecting against wrinkles, skin inflammation & lines.The natural cleansing ingredients of rosewater make it a powerful tool against acne flare-ups. These ingredients also tighten & diminish the appearance of pores, which provides smooth, youthful skin.
Rosewater balances the PH of skin naturally & that helps fight a variety of skin related issues, among them dermatitis, poison ivy & eczema, rosewater is also great for people with oily skin or dry skin.
Some websites state: That rosewater is for external use only and should never be ingested so I wanted to pass that info along though.
But there are health benefits from rosewater: Do your research but many I know do indeed drink rosewater & According to the Natural Home Remedies website, rosewater offers a variety of health and skin care benefits, which is why many health and beauty products include it in their list of ingredients. It has a pleasant fragrance, which makes the antibacterial and antiseptic properties even more appealing and enjoyable. Rose-Works.com claims that it’s easy to make. Keep leftover homemade rosewater in a sealed jar in the refrigerator to prevent it from spoiling.
If you have a mild sore throat, make rosewater tea with rose petals. Pour approximately 150ml of boiling water into a cup with .5g of rose petals. Allow the petals to steep for approximately 30 minutes before drinking. If the flowers are close to producing seed, they provide high amounts of vitamin A, vitamin B3, vitamin C, vitamin D and vitamin E. They also have citric acid, bioflavonoids, zinc and tannins.
You may drink rose petal tea to help a variety of illnesses. Such as from tension, ulcers, heart conditions, infection, diarrhea, indigestion and circulation problems.Talk to a medical professional first as always.
Drinking rosewater: Rose water is a well-known for its natural healing properties as a good anti-septic, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory product. One of the benefits of rose water is it can be used to make very nutritious drinks since it is rich in flavonoids, anti-oxidants, tannins and essential vitamins like A, C, D, E and B3. A simple delicious drink can be made by mixing rose water syrup in a cup of cold creamy milk. Rose water is a mild sedative and anti-depressant. It enhances moods, helps relieve nervous tension and improves skin texture.
Be sure to make a distinction between pure rose water and scented/flavored rose water. Pure rose water is derived by the actual use of real rose petals. Flavored rose water may just be water scented with rose essence and is not the real deal. It is pure rose water that has gentle and compelling uses that are natural and effective.
For skin/face wash/exfoliate: Mix rosewater & baking soda in a paste & gently wash face
For skin/face Toner: simply use straight or in a 50/50 mixture with pure water.
For skin/face astringent: mix rosewater 50/50 with pure witch hazel or Apple cider vinegar. (My Pre teen daughter & 2 teen daughters love this astringent with witch hazel 7 will even mix it with clay powder for a mask.)
Face mask: Mix rosewater with either clay powder, baking soda, Omega 3 Greens or Food grade diatomaceous earth & apply to face & leave 5 to 15 minutes then wash off. Options to add: essential oils, raw honey, Apple cider vinegar or citrus vinegar, Epsom salt.
Linen spray: Add rosewater to a misting spray bottle & use it as a bed & linen spray, simply mist bedding, linens & pillow & allow to dry. Great for a fast refresher. options to add, Lavender or other essential oils.
Mood lifting summer body mist: Add to misting spray bottle for a skin &/or body mist, makes a great soothing & moisturizing cooling summer or anytime mood lifting body & skin spritzer. This would also make a great travel spray surface sanitizing cleaner/hand sanitizer to carry in your purse (check out what I carry in my purse here)
Tip: The rosewater body mist is great to cool down on a hot day & for Hot flashes, simply spray on exposed skin & the back of your neck, for more cooling effect add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to the rosewater mist.
Hair: you can use rosewater in your DIY no poo routine, it can be mixed with baking soda water to wash hair or added to warm water to condition hair.
Detangler: My daughter found another awesome use for rosewater, to detangle hair & it works great on even the worst of tangles, simply spray on wet hair & brush or mist on dry hair adding extra where needed. This is now a favorite use of my girls!
Spray deodorant: mix 3 parts rosewater with 1 part rubbing alcohol or apple cider vinegar, spray underarms after showers or as needed, follow with a pinch of baking soda & or corn starch if desired. Options to add: colloidal silver, lemon juice or essential oils.
Cream deodorant, skin cream: mix 3 parts raw coconut oil, 1 part carrier oil/olive oil/or other oil & 1 part rosewater, whip until it looks like a cream, use wisk, hand beater, food processor or blender to whip, wipe under arms after shower or as needed, also great for skin, cream, hand cream, wrinkle cream, chapped lips & rashes. Options to add: essential oils
Mouthwash: This is best made per use, 2 to 3 ounces of rosewater, 1/4 tsp baking soda, stirred or shaken in to dissolve. use as you would normal mouthwash. Options to add: 1 drop of mint & tea tree essential oils, you can also mix the rosewater 50/50 with distilled or pure water.
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