Rosewater is a natural go-to-medication for numerous health problems. It is a liquid by-product of a rose plant, usually Rosa damascena — or the Damask rose. Aside from its sweet scent and delicious taste, it contains powerful antioxidants and can help relax the central nervous system.
Here are some of the health benefits we can obtain from rose water.
Rose petals and rose oil contain potent antioxidants that are helpful in fighting off cell damage caused by free radicals. According to studies, these antioxidants had potential lipid peroxidation inhibitory effects that provide powerful cell protection.
Helps Soothe Inflamed Throat
Rosewater possesses soothing effects that can help calm inflammation, particularly in the throat.
For this remedy, we simply need to mix rose water into our favorite hot tea. This will help alleviate pain.
Helps Make Skin Look Hydrated and Glowing
Rosewater is hydrating. It plumps up the skin and helps restore water and fluid in dry skin. To reap these hydrating effects, it is recommended to infuse one of our eight recommended daily cups of water with rose.
Helps Prevent Infections
Rosewater has been used to prevent and treat infections. This benefit is due to its antiseptic properties and the ability to prompt the creation of histamines by the immune system.
Helps Minimize Wrinkles and Large Pores
Due to its incredible anti-aging effects and antioxidants such as flavonoids, and vitamin C and E rose water has been used traditionally to reduce wrinkles and age spots. Ancient people have used rose water topically to reduce wrinkles and tighten pores.
Helps Soothes Digestion Problems
For many years, rose water had been used in folk medicine to aid in digestion and reduce stomach upset. Results of a 2008 study revealed that consumption of rosewater can influence digestion, improve bile production and relieve stomach upset.
Helps Boost Eye Health
Rosewater can be used as part of an eye drop and has been shown to have excellent benefits for people with eye problems including cataracts, conjunctivitis, and dry eyes.
Drinking rose water or inhaling its vapors can help improve a person’s mood. It has anti-anxiety and anti-depressant properties that can help induce sleep and treat a number of mental health conditions such as depression, stress, and tension.
Rose Water is Easy to Make Yourself
Only two ingredients are needed to make rose water: rose petals and water.
Remove the petals from a fresh rose. Clean the rose petals thoroughly to be sure that pesticides and insects are gone. Put several rose petals in a glass jar of water and allow then to steep for six hours under the sun. This mixture makes a gentle rose water that is good to drink.
For maximum benefit, it is recommended to drink one glass of rose water per day.