Whether you’re smelling it, spritzing yourself with it, or drinking it—rose water’s velvety texture, and gentle aroma instantly transport you into a state of bliss. It’s as if the essence of an Indian spa has been bottled and put right there on the shelf for you to remember faint memories of beautiful, relaxing vacations.
Rose water is created by distilling rose petals in fresh water, so that the water captures the vitamins, minerals, oils, and essences from the rose hips. There are so many different ways to work with rosewater, each is just as lovely as the next. Once you start with it, you just won’t be able to get enough.
1. It makes your skin glow
Yes, it will make you glow. Rose petals are one of the highest sources of vitamin C, and they also contain large amounts of vitamin A, vitamin E, and vitamin B. So, whether you’re drinking rose water by the gallon, or just simply using it to spritz your skin—you’ll be reaping all the o-glow effects.
2. It heals eczema and psoriasis outbreaks
Do you suffer from dry, cracking skin? Or have harsh skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis? It’s painful, but there are easy solutions, like rose water. Take bottled rose water, and use it as a toner.
Pour the water straight into the palm of your hand, and just rub it over your skin the way you would rub in lotion. It helps soothe skin, and surges the area with water soluble vitamins, and skin-loving minerals.
Not enough for you? Try taking rose oil, rubbing that into the affected areas first, then topping the area with rose water. The rose water will pull the rose oil deeper into the skin, and will leave you feeling more moisturized and comfortable.
3. It reduces stress levels
According to ancient Persian folklore, rose water can help cure depression and stress (hello, everyone with seasonal depression!). You need to stress less. It’s a a fact. Working with rose water is a form of aromatherapy.
Take the rose water into the palm of your hand, and dab it over your pulse points, your neck, over your heart, and on any body part that is stressed and filled with tension. The rose essences will surge into your blood stream (within 10 seconds), just the way they do with natural oils, and you will be feeling better instantly.
Another option for stress reduction is to take a few moments and mindfully sip the water. Savor it. Taste it like you mean it—soaking in it’s velvety texture and gentle aroma. Just allow it to slow you down, and relax you.
4. It supports healthy digestion
Yes, yes, oh yes! Next time you’re feeling the stomach woes, reach for rose water. It will keep your body hydrated, and will soothe your system. It’s an anti-convulsive, anti-inflammatory agent, and simultaneously works as a gentle laxative. So, goodbye laxative teas? Yep.
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