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.