Rose water: properties, uses and how you can prepare it

A tonic with many uses to make our skin more beautiful and more! Let's discover all the benefits of this beauty water.

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Rose water has astringent, refreshing and soothing properties. A tonic with many uses to make our skin more beautiful and more! Let's discover all the benefits of this beauty water.

Drinks and Infusions

Rose water is an ancient beauty remedy already used by our grandmothers and a product widely used in cosmetics for its soothing, astringent, refreshing and anti-aging properties. It is obtained through the steam distillation of rose petals and it can also be prepared at home in a simple way.

But what is the use of rose water? In addition to bringing benefits to our skin, it is useful for its therapeutic properties: in fact, it quickly heals headache or toothache.


Properties and uses of rose water

The many cosmetic properties of rose water make it an ideal product for sensitive skin, dry skin, for those with acne problems, but it has also anti-age effects and it regulates sebum of the scalp. Rose water contains vitamin A, B, C and vitamin E which have an antioxidant and invigorating action.


Uses for the skin

Rose water soothes the redness of acne and sensitive skin: thanks to its astringent and purifying properties the rose water is useful in case of oily skin to reduce excess sebum, just use it as a tonic after removing make-up. Its soothing and calming properties instead help in the case of acne but also of sensitive skin as it reduces inflammation and redness. Its antibacterial properties make it effective not only for acne, but also for rosacea, small skin ulcers and mouth ulcers.

Rose water deflates dark circles: rose water is also good for reducing dark circles and tiredness: just make compresses with cotton pads to get a fresh and rested look. This compress can also be useful to alleviate eye fatigue after hours at the computer.


Rose water is useful for preventing wrinkles: especially thanks to the antioxidant properties of vitamin E and vitamin C contained in rose water, which counteract the harmful effects of free radicals by delaying the appearance of wrinkles. In addition, rose water prevents and reduces skin blemishes. To prepare a face mask: heat the rose water and apply it to your face with a cotton cloth after applying your moisturizer.

Hair uses

Rose water is an excellent hair cleanser, also useful for reducing excess sebum. In addition, rose water prevents and reduces hair loss. To use it as a detergent, apply it on the scalp before shampooing, massaging and leaving for about twenty minutes before shampooing. Rose water has also proven useful to promote hair regrowth thanks to the stimulating properties of vitamin A, B3, C and vitamin E.

Other uses

Rose water is useful against headaches: just apply a compress of rose water on the forehead to hold for half an hour or an hour, depending on the intensity of headache. In addition, rose water relieves gum pain and inflammation: apply it to the inflamed areas with a cotton pad or rinse by warming the rose water a little. Rose water can also be used for a tonic bath for an anti-stress effect: rose water actually has neurotonic properties, which make the nervous system more active, giving that energy that makes us find the right psycho-physical balance. In summer, rose water can be used on the body after it has been stored in the refrigerator, to soothe redness caused by exposure to the sun.


How to prepare rose water

Preparing rose water is an easy way to use a natural product. Here's what you need: 1/2 kilo of rose petals (better if red or pink), 1/2 liter of distilled water and a sterilized glass bottle. To make the perfume more intense you can use the essential oil of rose.

Put the petals in a pot with distilled water and boil;

When the distilled water starts to boil, cover the pot with a lid so that the steam does not come out and leave it on the heat for another 15 minutes, keeping the flame low;


after 15 minutes turn off the flame, add a few drops of essential oil, if you want, and leave the pot covered for at least an hour;

then filter everything and put the rose water in a glass bottle. It should then be kept in the refrigerator and consume within three months.

Those who decide instead to buy rose water should be careful to choose an organic product because, in commercial products, there may be preservatives such as Khaton C, which could cause allergies or dermatitis in predisposed subjects.

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