Roses are prized today for their sweet fragrance and perfect beauty, but our love affair with roses goes back thousands of years. They have been used for thousands of years as medicine beginning in what is now Iran in the Middle Ages. They symbolize love and adoration for another person and are deeply connected to our heart chakra as the "soul essence". They are identified with goddesses like Isis and Aphrodite and even the rosary is named after the word rosarium or "rose garden". The fragrant Damask rose measures at the highest frequency of all essential oils and its aroma elevates the frequency of every cell in our bodies to bring balance and harmony into our lives. Our love of roses goes far beyond its beauty and fragrance, however. The benefits of rose are far reaching including rose water for skin care. Skin is the largest organ in the body whose primary purpose is to protect us against UV radiation, chemicals and other pollutants and it can take a beating. Rose water is a treasure in skin care as an antioxidant to protect our skin against environmental damage. Among the many great benefits of rose water is its strong anti-inflammatory properties which can help soothe the irritation of eczema or rosacea and reduce skin redness. The antibacterial and antiseptic components can help reduce acne, prevent and treat infections, and help wounds heal faster. One study even showed that it can help in the treatment of conjuctivitis. Looking for an anti aging solution? Look no further. Rose water contains high levels of Vitamin A, which helps increase cell turnover and reduce wrinkles, and Vitamin C, which helps even skin tone. "The molecules in rose oils are small, so they pass into the skin easily, delivering the active ingredients where it matters: the dermis," according to Susan Stuart, MD, a board certified dermatologist.
Steam distillation is the preferred method to extract rose oils. This method preserves the chemical constituents that provide all the health benefits and the wonderful scent of the flower so it can be used conveniently as a facial toner, acne treatment or refreshing body spray. It's important to understand the origin of your rose water to ensure that no chemicals or pesticides were used on the plant. Use it as a toner by spraying it on your face after cleansing, or as a body spray after bathing to brighten and refresh your skin. However you use it you are sure to enjoy the amazing rose. Read below for a great recipe for a rose face mask:
Rose Face Mask
1/2 Tbsp Bentonite Clay
3 tsp Rose Water
1-2 drops Lavender Essential
Mix together all ingredients in a glass bowl and apply a thin layer to your face avoiding the eye area. Allow to dry for 10-15 minutes and wash off with warm water. Follow with rosehip oil to moisturize.