Rosewater, first made in the 10th century to cure the spitting of blood, remains an important ingredient in fine soaps and perfumes. It's one of the easiest ways to capture the essence of roses from your garden.
Soak a cloth in chilled rosewater, and place it on your forehead for a while to relieve a headache caused by being out in the sun too long. Apply to skin for a quick pick-me-up and wrinkle revitalizer. Use as a hair moisturizer, and apply to acne-prone skin.
1. Place 1-1/2 cups bottled spring water, 2 tablespoons vodka, and 1-1/2 cups fresh fragrant rose petals in a clean 1-quart glass jar. Store the jar in the refrigerator for one week; shake it daily.
2. Strain out the rose petals and pour the rosewater into a bottle or atomizer. Spritz or splash it on your skin. Rosewater keeps two weeks in the refrigerator.
Make a delightful mud mask that both cleanses and soothes your face.
What you'll need:
1. Mix equal parts powdered cosmetic clay (green, red, or white) and either rosewater or distilled water until a smooth paste forms. If the paste is too thin, add a bit of powdered clay; if it's too thick, add sprinkles of water.
2. Stir in a handful of minced rose petals (just-picked and sweet-scented). Mix well.
3. Apply the mask to your face, avoiding the delicate skin around your eyes. Relax and allow the mask to dry (15-20 minutes). Rinse it off by splashing your face with warm water, then cool.
Try these 10 uses for rosewater and your skin will thank you!
1. Use rosewater to fight undereye puffiness. Simply soak cotton balls with cold rosewater and apply for 5-10 minutes.
2. Remove makeup with a clean cloth soaked in rosewater.
3. Sooth razor-bruned skin with a spritz of rosewater.
4. Treat acne-prone skin with a slathering of rosewater.
5. Add to a bath for relaxation and aromatherapy.
6. Spray on dry, tired hair before shampooing for a boost of moisture and shine.
7. Apply to skin after showering as a moisturizer.
8. Use as a facial cleaner.
9. Add to coarse sea salt for a foot scrub.
10. Tighten pores with a few swipes of rosewater.