We all love roses, their pure colors, fresh alluring perfume and delicacy, the classical symbol of love and commitment. And as beautiful and elegant roses might be, they can serve as a wonderful ingredient in beauty products.Today we are talking about rose water,a natural astringent which can be very gentle to your skin, helping with wrinkles, fine lines, inflammations and rosacea. If you have encountered an acne problem rose water could be the solution for a mark free skin, whilst balancing the PH of your complexion. So lets get to the actual recipe.
Ingredients required for DIY Rose Water:
2-3 quarts fresh rose petals ( natural, without pesticides sprayed on them)
Choose a big canning pot and put a brick in its center. Select a bowl and place it on top of the brick, then fill half of the bowl with rose petals. Fill the canning pot with water so it covers the brick.Cover the pot with the lid placed upside down and turn on the gas. When the water begins to boil, carefully add dry ice to the center of the lid using thick gloves for protection. To keep things under control set a timer for 20 minutes. The water from the pot will boil, steam will condense on the upturned lid and gather in the bowl placed underneath. The amount of ingredients stated above should turn into 2-3 cups of concentrated rose water. Make sure you stop the procedure at 20 minutes in order for the rose water to not get too diluted.You can store the rose water in an amber glass bottle for several months up to one year.
Useful uses for your DIY Rose Water:
Eye Makeup Remover: Mix 1 ounce rosewater with 1 ounce jojoba oil.
Sunburn Treatment: Apply it to the affected area
Insect bites: Apply it on the insect bites
Skin Toner: Ideal for treating acne and wrinkles.
Natural perfume:Mix with jasmine oil.
Disinfectant: Rose water kills bacteria and germs
Headaches: Get rid of a chronic headache by adding a wet towel with rose water on your forehead
Lighten dark spots: It was been proven that rose water applied every night to dark spots on your face can help you reduce the aspect.
Boost your face mask: Using a face mask is a must but you could enhance its qualities by adding rose water to it. You could also add rose water to bath soaps or your scrubs.
Make your own hair mask: 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 tablespoons of rose water, apply from root to tips and let the mixture stay on your hair for 20 minutes before rinsing.
Give your hair a rose water rinse: Rinse your hair with rose water for a fresher toned scalp and shiny hair.
Give your bath a boost : A few drops of rose water added to your bath can help you reduce stress, relax and reduce inflammation after a long day.
Scent your laundry : Put rose water in a spray bottle and add to your freshly washed clothes for a delicate scent.
Enhance your drinks: You can add rose water to club sodas, tea or lemonade for a delicate special taste.