During the distillation of flowers to make essential oils, some water will remain, often this water is used. The most famous of these waters is undoubtedly rose water.
Due to its popularity, rose water is also specially created and is not just a waste product of rose oil production (both essential and oil used in perfumes and cosmetics).
The uses of rose water vary greatly. It is certainly used in cosmetics but in certain cultures it is also used for religious rites and, especially in the Middle East and Asia Minor to give flavour to dishes and sweets.
It was the Persians who perfected the distillation of rose water. In fact it is still used a lot today in Iranian cuisine, added in tea, yogurt and other sweets.
Rose water for the skin
When not put in food or as a perfume, rose water is often used for skin care. In fact it is one of the best products for older skin. It has known astringent properties and is also very suitable for sensitive skin. Unlike other astringents it does not dry out or damage the skin.
It works well as a tonic and has the advantage of not containing alcohol. It also seems that has anti-inflammatory properties and can be used in cases of eczema. In these cases, it is always advisable to first do a test in a small area of the affected area, to see if it creates problems.
The antioxidant properties of rose water have also recently been discussed. It also appears to be a great product for preventing wrinkles and keeping skin supple and hydrated, and is capable of accelerating cell reproduction. To get results, however, you must use it regularly.
Like so many plant products, it also has antibacterial properties and aids the healing of small wounds and insect bites.
You can also use it for the scalp especially to fight dandruff or certain slight inflammations often caused by dyes and other products. Massage it into your head well after shampooing.
Furthermore, rose water relaxes you and puts you in a good mood. A few drops on the pillow will help you sleep.
When buying rose water, always make sure it is 100% pure and not mixed with other chemicals. It is also possible to find a synthetic rose water on the market, needless to say that the latter does not have the properties of the natural one.
Why do jeans have small pockets inside the front pockets?
Surely you have wondered why jeans have a small pocket inside the front pocket. Some will say they are pockets to hold loose change and there are people (men generally) who use them this way. Others think they are to put the lighter or tickets or other useful and small objects that they carry around.
But actually the pockets were for a very important purpose when the first jeans were created. Think that jeans date back to the 1800s when all men had a pocket watch. It was therefore essential for this new type of trousers to have a special place for this object that all men then had. Now practically no one has a pocket watch, but the pockets are still there.
Were Edwardian women waists ‘photoshopped’?
Well, not exactly photoshopped, they didn’t have computers those days and certainly not Adobe Photoshop to play with.
We know that women those days were shorter but physically the same as us, so some of the amazingly thin waists look quite unbelievable. Sure, corsets could make waist look very thin but some are unnaturally small.
That’s when a bit of doctoring was used to make the waist look thinner. It was normally done directly on the negative by painting over the extra waist. If you look closely at many photos of the time you will see that there are strange shadows around the waist or the area look darker or lighter than the rest of the photo.
Some were a bit over the top like this photo below. You can clearly see that the waist was doctored.
Others might be less obvious but they still look suspicious if you look closely.
The October birthstone is the Opal
The October birthstone is the Opal. The October birthday loves to chat and will respond wholeheartedly to those they believe loves them and values friends very highly. They are hurt easily and if betrayed will try to forgive quickly which is a testament to their inner beauty. Opinionated they will not care what others think once they have made a decision . They day dream and imagine being in the great outdoors and travelling to beautiful places.
The opal symbolises faithfulness and confidence. The word comes from the Latin opalus, meaning “precious jewel.” Necklaces with opals set in them were worn to repel evil and to protect eyesight.
Opalscan exhibit a wide variety of colors.it diffracts light and can display all the colors of the rainbow simultaneously. For this reason, it has been considered great luck throughout history as it was thought to possess all the value of each gemstone in the opals color spectrum. Unfortunately after the publication of Sir Walter Scott’s novel Anne of Geierstein, people in the 1800s began to associate opals with bad luck and even death.
Known as the eyestone the opal inspires love and hope, innocence and purity, luck and happiness.Bringing energy to the system, soothing and clearing the emotional body, and boosting the will to live and the joy of life, It kindles optimism, enthusiasm and creativity, and allows for the release of inhibitions inspiring love and passion.
Opals are protective. They are stones of happy dreams, particularly soothing for children and those who have always slept badly or had recurring nightmares with no apparent reason, helping any issues a child may have with an invisible or imaginary friend, and is especially helpful before sleep if the child wishes the friend to go away at bedtime. It enhances foresight, empathy and confidence and helps the wearer influence people to his point of view.
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