As essential oils grow in popularity, you?ll start to recognize a few names and their specific properties right off the bat. For example, lavender oil and its relaxing properties might spring to mind if you hear ?essential oils?; Additionally, you might hear tea tree oil and be reminded of the time you used it to heal a scrape or a mosquito bite. However, there is one essential oil that does not get much attention: rose water.
Rose Water | Improving Your Overall Health
Thought to have originated in the Middle East, rose water has been around since the Middle Ages and has been used for a number of healing and cosmetic purposes both. Today, we?ll take a look at how rose water is created and extracted, the beneficial properties of using this essential oil, and how it can improve the quality of your life overall.
To begin, rose water is created by distilling rose petals with steam. It is one of the easiest, cheapest, and highest-quality essential oils to produce right in your own home! The overall process requires about 40 minutes of preparation and ?cook? time, and then you?ll be able to enjoy its many benefits after just one week. Making your own homemade rose water requires:
- Dried rose petals (preferably organic and chemical-free)
- Saucepan with a lid
- A nut bag or thick cheesecloth
- A bottle for storage purposes
How To Make Rose Water
Yes, that?s really all it takes! First, you?ll measure ? cup of dried rose petals into the saucepan. Next, add 1.5 cups of boiling water into the pot, cover, and bring to a boil. Once you see the water is boiling, reduce the heat to low and bring the pot to a simmer. Observe the color of the rose petals, and notice when the color has begun to fade. It will usually only take about 5-10 minutes for them to fade entirely. Leave the lid on your pan and allow the mixture to cool completely.
Once the water has cooled, pour the mixture through your nut bag or cheesecloth into the storage bottle; you can use a funnel or a strainer to pour the water into a mixing bowl first if this is easier. You will then store the bottle in the refrigerator for about a week?s time, and voila! You?re ready to remove the bottle and incorporate your homemade rose water into any aspect of your life that you see fit.
Benefits Of Rose Water
So what exactly are the benefits of rose water, and where can you apply this essential oil in order to improve your health, beauty, and everyday quality of life? The first and most common use for rose water involves cosmetic reasons related to the skin. Rose water contains strong anti-inflammatory properties that can help to reduce both internal and external skin ailments, such as eczema and rosacea. It can also be applied to a mild sunburn or an itchy spot that just won?t go away. Rose water can even be used to treat cuts, burns, and scars, as the medicinal properties will work to heal both on the surface and under the skin.
Rose water also contains many properties that will treat internal ailments, which you might be surprised to learn. For example, for hundreds of years rose water was used to treat sore throats; if you feel a slight tickle or a mild irritation, you might consider drinking some rose water before going to the doctor and receiving a prescription. This essential oil also contains strong antiseptic properties and has even been cited as being able to treat cases of conjunctivitis and ocular disease. Even drinking rose water once a week (or, once a day!) helps with cell protection and strength of cell walls, due to the high number of antioxidants present in the essential oil.
Improving Your Overall Quality Of Life
Finally, rose water is often used to help improve the overall quality of life in a number of regards. It can have strong antidepressive and anti-anxiety properties and can work to relax the nervous system if drunk. If you have a stress headache, consider using some rosewater oil to rub onto your temples to relieve pain and pressure, as this is a common tactic used in aromatherapy treatments. Additionally, rose water contains properties that combat aging. By rubbing some rosewater oil into the skin as a moisturizer, you?ll be preventing wrinkles, discoloring, and sagging skin that are telltale signs of old age. This will certainly have you looking and feeling better all around!
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You?ve heard it said that you should take some time every day to stop and smell the roses. Well, not only should you smell them, you should enjoy their healing and restorative properties through the power of rose water, giving you a healthier and happier life!
Have you tried making rose water at home? Has it improved your overall health? Please let us know in the comments section below.