How To Make Rose Water And Why We Should Use It?
The process of making is surprisingly simple. Read below all different methods to produce this beautiful and personalized fragrant.
Benefits of Rose Water:
Making your own rose water includes:
Lowering Stress and Blood Pressure
The best thing you can do to lower the stress levels is to smell a rose! You immediately close your eyes and you feel different world. The scent of rose has been proven to reduce blood pressure and levels of the stress hormone called cortisol.
Rose can also help relieve the symptoms of anxiety and depression. A study published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice found that postpartum women treated twice weekly with a rose/lavender aromatherapy oil experienced a significant decrease in postnatal depression scores, and a marked improvement in general anxiety disorder, when compared with the control group.
Having Antioxidant and Antibacterial Properties
Plenty of research exists to show that rose has wide spectrum antimicrobial activities. It also exhibits antioxidant properties.
Quell Skin Inflammation
In addition to the antibacterial properties, scientists believe that rose water can reduce inflammation and redness. It can balance the skin’s pH, making it the perfect beauty treatment for those suffering from eczema, acne and/or psoriasis.
Like an addition to this, German scientists and researches actually discovered that rose oil enlarges the skin’s permeability, allowing it to soak up more nutrients. Of course, this is only good news if you make your own beauty products full of natural ingredients.
A Restful Slumber
The calming and pacify floral notes of rose have been shown to promote and improve a good night’s sleep.
When hospital patients were given rose aromatherapy for three subsequent nights, it was found that the scent significantly improved the sleep quality of participants when compared with the control group of patients.
Recipes for Rose Water:
There are several ways how to make rose water at home:
Method One: Simmer Pot
This is the quickest and easiest way to make your own rose water. It doesn’t have a very long shelf life but you will be proud of yourself. It’s perfect for culinary or beauty purposes.
- 1/2 cup dried or 1 cup fresh organic rose petals
- 5 cups water
- Add the petals and water to a saucepan. Cover it and bring to a boil.
- Turn down the heat and simmer for around 10 minutes, until the rose petals fade in color. Allow to cool completely.
- Pass the rose water through a cheesecloth or fine mesh sieve. Decant the pure liquid into a glass bottle which is sterilized. Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Method Two: Distillation
This distillation process is slightly more difficult to make, but it will last much longer than the simple simmering method.
- 5 cups dried or 3 cups fresh organic rose petals
- Add a clean large rock or brick to the center of a large pot. Then place a metal bowl on top of it.
- Add the rose petals to the pot, and add enough water to come to the top of the brick.
- Place the lid, upside-down, over the pot (so the steam can drip down the center of the lid and into the bowl). Some ice cubes placed on the lid will speed up this process.
- Bring the water to the boil, and allow simmering for about 30 minutes. Ensure you keep in as much steam as possible because this is what you will be using as rose water.
- Allow to cool completely before decanting the water from the metal bowl into a sterilized glass bottle. Store in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.
Method Three: The ‘Cheat’ Method
The third method for making rose water is by using rose essential oil. While this method is safe to use for external beauty treatments, you should not use it for culinary purposes.
- Mix together the essential oil and the vodka, before adding to a sterilized glass bottle with the water.
- Store in the refrigerator, shaking before each use.
Enjoy in the everyday use as make-up remover, skin care, perfumed spray, face toner etc.