Rose Water

Cleansing your skin with rose water can have a magical effect on your skin. Rose water has an exquisite scent. This natural cleanser has been used traditionally as a facial cleanser.

Uses of Rose Water the benefits of using rose water as skin care are immense. It hydrates and nourishes the skin very beautifully. Rose water can be mixed in bath water to get a refreshing feeling as it invigorates the senses. It can be used in facial mask or hair mask. After bath, it can be used as a moisturizer also. Rose water works for every skin type. To tone and balance the oily skin, rose water works great. Even sensitive skin can be treated well and soothed with rose water. It serves multiple purposes like purifying and toning, harmonizing and cooling. It can also be used as an aftershave for getting soothing effect to the irritated skin. It has a good capacity to heal the wounds and sun burn. Mature skin is rejuvenated after its use and gives protection from acne and other skin disease. Rose water contains antibacterial properties and helps to treat acne and many other skin problems.

How to Use Rose Water Use rose water for removing your makeup. Dip a cotton ball in rose water or spray a little rose water on your face to soften the makeup. It will make scrubbing easy and protect the softness of the skin. For toning the skin before the application of foundation, use rose water on your face and neck. This will help in making the makeup last and brings a glow on your skin. For retaining vitality and moisture and removing wrinkles from your skin, use rose water on your face every morning and at night with help of cotton balls in circular motion. Rose extract are used widely in cosmetics and foundations because it has regenerating properties that makes the texture of the skin soft and beautiful. For a luxurious bubble bath, add few drops of rose water in your bath water. You will feel special and completely relaxed. After getting out of bath, rub your body with the mixture of rose water and almond oil to get smooth skin.

How to Make Your Own Rose Water rose water is used in cosmetics for its lovely scent, but also because it has light astringent properties. As the gentlest of all astringents, rose water is often used as toner for fair and dry skin. You must be careful when purchasing rose water to buy only the 100 percent pure form. Often what is available in pharmacies and even some natural food stores is synthetic rose oil and water with preservatives added. Pure rose water is the distilled water of roses. It is usually made by stream distillation, and it smells heavenly and tastes delicious. Availability: Besides health food stores and herb stores, you can often find rose water in delicatessens; it is used as a flavoring in fancy Greek pastries, puddings, and cakes.

Rose Water, Method.

This recipe is the more traditional way to prepare rose water. Though it’s a little more involved it’s fun to do and the results are outstanding. You can make a quart of excellent-quality rose water in about 40 minutes. However, if you simmer the water too long, you will continue to produce distilled water but the rose essence will become diluted. Your rose water will smell more like plain distilled water, rather than the heavenly scent of roses. Be sure you have a brick and heat-safe stainless steel or glass quart bowl ready before you begin.

Ingredients: 2-3 quarts fresh roses or rose petals, Water, Ice cubes or crushed ice

1. In the center of a large pot (the speckled blue canning pots are ideal) with an inverted lid (a rounded lid), place a fireplace brick. On top of the brick place the bowl. Put the roses in the pot; add enough flowers to reach the top of the brick. Pour in just enough water to cover the roses. The water should be just above the top of the brick.

2. Place the lid upside down on the pot. Turn on the stove and bring the water to a rolling boil, then lower heat to a slow steady simmer. As soon as the water begins to boil, toss two or three trays of ice cubes (or a bag of ice) on top of the lid.

3. You’ve now created a home still! As the water boils the steam rises, hits the top of the cold lid, and condenses. As it condenses it flows to the center of the lid and drops into the bowl. Every 20 minutes, quickly lift the lid and take out a tablespoon or two of the rose water. It’s time to stop when you have between a pint and a quart of water that smells and tastes strongly like roses.

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