The word ‘Rose’ by itself brings a sense of fresh smell and coolness to our thoughts. According to ayurvedic texts, this is because rose balances ‘Sadhaka Pitta’, the sub-dosha of Pitta, which governs emotions and their effect on the heart and thoughts. Sadhaka Pitta can easily get out of balance during summer, as the humid weather increases all aspects of pitta dosha. Therefore, roses have been ideal to balance the body and mind.
Apart from the cooling properties, roses enhance digestive fire, balance hormones, and are often used in Aromatherapy in the form of essential rose oils, and now they are being investigated for their anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-hemorrhagic properties. Aromatherapy uses tonics made of rose paste, water and spices.
At times, rose and sandalwood paste are blended together and prescribed due to their cooling effect. Roses, when used as local application (in the form of cream or as rose water), helps in cooling, moisturizing and toning the skin.
It is a known fact that roses improve the glow and complexion of the skin, improves inner beauty, and helps skin to radiate the inner glow of the skin. When used for a longer period, roses even pacify the heat in the blood and prevent skin imbalances, thereby preventing the skin from erupting.
According to Ayurveda, roses also help in curing some specific ailments like amenorrhea, eye inflammation, headache due to aggravated pitta, sore throat, enlarged tonsils, skin dullness, and acne.
Rose water, rose milk, and rose oil has been used by ancient civilizations in Babylonia, Rome and in India for royal cuisines and as part of skin care. In fact, it was later proven that use of rose water even helps to beat stress and depression. Today, rosewater is part of every household. Briefed here are the health benefits of rose water:
Rosewater provides immense benefits to the skin, keeping it radiant, acne-free, and youthful by acting as a gentle skin toner. It also purifies the skin, protects it from bacterial infections, removes make-up and dirt, heals sunburn and wounds, stimulates skin circulation and reduces broken capillaries. It also maintains the pH balance of the skin, and offers calming effect on acne and eczema.
Usage tips:Pour two to three drops of rosewater on a cotton ball and wipe it on the face and neck to remove dirt and grime. Continue to use it every morning and night for a natural glow and refreshing effect. You can also add few drops of rosewater in bathing water to soothe body and mind.
To two teaspoons of rosewater add equal quantity of tomato juice and apply on to face and neck. Wash off after 15 minutes. This helps remove sun tan.
Rosewater promotes hair growth, acts as a good conditioner, revitalizes hair, controls dandruff and inflammation, boost scalp and health of hair adding fragrance, making them strong and flexible with minimum breakage.
Usage tips: After shampooing, pour half a cup of rosewater onto wet hair and gently massage scalp for a few minutes. You could also mix rosewater with glycerin or fenugreek powder and apply it on the scalp to prevent dandruff. Its therapeutic properties can help combat inflammation on the scalp.
Rosewater can help remove dark circles under the eyes. It also treats tired eyes and refreshes hem.
Usage tips: Smear rosewater under the eyes. Treat tired and droopy eyes by mixing sandalwood with rosewater and applying on the eye lids and washing it off with cold water after 15 minutes.
Rosewater can add pink colour to your lips. Rub a little rosewater on your lips every night at bed time. For improved results, take a teaspoon of beetroot juice and add a teaspoon of rosewater to it. Mix well and apply on the lips, to get healthy and beautiful pink lips.
Several dental issues can be cured by use of rose water. It provides relief from inflammation and gum problems, fights foul breath, and hence can be used as an effective mouth wash.
The fragrance of rose is an effective de-stressor and helps to release stress instantly. Rose water and rose oils are used in spas and aromatherapy as stress busters and to lift up the mood. During aromatherapy sessions, rose water and rose oils are used in shower gels, soaps and aromatic incense sticks, as the aroma of roses keeps depression away.
Rosewater can also be used in lemonades to soothe and refresh your body from within during summer months. It cools inflammation, tones tissues including digestive tract. It is also great for just spraying on sun-burned skin or summer rashes, but when used internally, it heals and soothes the lining of your over-heated digestive tract.
On the whole, rosewater is a ‘boon’ to skin, body, mind and soul.
To make Rose Water at home: Pick only fresh rose petals early in the morning after sunrise and wash them thoroughly with clean water. Place the petals in large pot of distilled water and pour enough water to cover the petals. Cover the pot with a lid and boil on low flame. Allow the water to steam until the water has turned into the colour of a rose petal. Strain the water and allow it to cool down and store it in a clean container.