Benefits of Rose Water And How To Easily Make Your Own

Often times, roses are thought of as the flower you get for Valentine’s day or from someone who loves you. Roses—especially red roses—are a symbol of romance, love, and elegance. For a long time, I didn’t realize that roses could have another purpose besides being a beautiful flower to be looked at. I remember being in high school and my friend brought chocolate covered rose petals to school. Obviously, I was intrigued. She explained that you could eat the rose petal if you wanted or you could just eat the chocolate portion and it would have the flavor of the rose. I tried it and honestly, I don’t think I like the taste of flowers in my chocolate, but it was an interesting concept to me. Fast forward to my natural living journey, when I was researching new deodorants to use. I wanted to be able to make something from home rather than buying it because I enjoy creating things and I figured it would be cheaper and easier. In my research, I came across rose water and I felt late to the party since many people were using it as a facial toner and I wasn’t even sure what that meant. As I continued my research, I’ve learned that rose water has a variety of benefits and as an added bonus, it is really easy to make your own!

Rose Water For The Skin

Rose water can be immensely beneficial for our skin. Many people use rose water as a facial toner because it can restore the pH level of our skin. Maintaining your skin’s pH level is important because it helps keep your skin healthy. If your skin’s pH is too alkaline (or basic), drying, dehydration, and inflammation can occur. If your skin is too acidic, breakouts and other irritations can occur. In addition to fighting breakouts, rose water is excellent to decrease the redness in your face as well.

Rose water also reduces wrinkles and age spots because of its antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E, and flavonoids. It can also be used to tighten the pores in your face as well as act as a cleanser because it does well in removing the oil and dirt accumulating in clogged pores.

If anyone struggles with dermatitis or eczema, rose water’s anti-inflammatory properties will help get rid of those ailments while maintaining the skin’s pH and controlling excess oil.

Along with anti-inflammatory benefits, rose water also has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that will help wounds—such as cuts, scrapes, or burns—heal faster and fight off infections while doing so.

Rose Water For the Body

Rose water has been used to soothe sore throats. Rather than reaching for an antibiotic, try making some rose water. Not only will the tea soothe your throat, since the rose water is filled with vitamin C and other antioxidants, it will help boost your immune system. You can also use rose tea to aid in relieving menstrual cramps. And let’s be real, no one likes those!

Rose water has also been said to be a mood enhancer. Not only does the smell have a calming effect, it helps calm the central nervous system which results in antidepressant and antianxiety effects.  

Rose water can also be used to relieve headaches which may be attributed to the calming of the central nervous system mentioned above. You can use the vapor of the rose water or apply a compress soaked in rose water to feel the benefits.

Rose water can also aid in soothing digestive issues. In this study, there is some evidence that rose water can aid in digestion and relieve digestive upset. It’s possible that it also helps improve bile secretion, which will further aid in digestion.

In addition to all of those benefits, many people like to use rose water in their homemade perfumes, lotions, and soaps for a floral scent.

As you can see, rose is something you’ll want to keep on hand. While rose essential oils can be pricey, making your own rose water is simple. There are two different ways to make it: simmering or distilling.

Rose Water: Simmering Method

This method is quick and easy to do and creates fragrant, colorful rose water.

 Supplies you’ll need:

Directions:

  1. Place ¼ cup of dried rose petals into your skillet.
  2. Add 1 ½ cup of water
  3. Cover your skillet and bring to a boil
  4. Once water begins to boil, turn down the temperature to low so the roses and water will simmer.
  5. Continue to simmer until the rose petals have lost their color. They will become an off-white/yellowy color.
  6. Once cooled, strain the rose petals and water through your strainer or nut bag.
  7. Discard the rose petals.
  8. Store your rose water in a glass bottle. The shelf life of your rose water will be shorter if not refrigerated. (I have heard of people adding vodka to help preserve it, but I have never tried this!)

Rose Water: Distilling Method

This method creates a rose hydrosol that has a longer shelf life. It can be kept at room-temperature for up to six months! Hydrosol is also colorless and very potent.

Supplies you’ll need:

Directions:

  1. Place one of your bowls upside down in the middle of the pot.
  2. Place around 2 cups of dried rose petals around the bowl.
  3. Pour water over the rose petals so they are completely covered
  4. Put your second bowl on top of the first bowl, but this one is right side up. This is the bowl that will catch your rose hydrosol.
  5. Place your lid on the pot upside down. The steam will condense on the lid and drip down the lid handle into your bowl—so make sure they line up!
  6. Turn on the heat. You can either keep the temperature on low, or you can start by bringing the water to a boil and then turn it down to low. Add some ice to the top of your lid. I put my ice into a Ziploc bag so that it didn’t make a mess.
  7. You may need to replace the ice as it melts.
  8. Let the rose petals simmer for 30-45 minutes.
  9. Remove the hydrosol and let it cool and then place it in your glass container for storage.

I have made both methods and have found both to be fairly simple and easy. The rose water that is colorful is fun but I have opted to make the hydrosol because of the longer shelf life. However, the distillation method does make less than the simmering method does, so keep that in mind based on whatever it is you are using your rose water for.

Be prepared for an amazing rose aroma as you make your rose water and let me know how it goes for you and which method you prefer!

10 Must-Have Plants In Your Home

Many people have plants in and around their home for decoration but did you know that certain plants can serve a secondary purpose? It is commonly known that plants turn carbon dioxide into oxygen, but many plants can actually help improve your indoor air quality. 

Did you know that the air in your home is polluted with all sorts of nasty things such as formaldehyde and other damaging pollutants? And those pollutants come from a variety of different sources such as: combustion sources, building materials and furnishings, asbestos-containing insulation, wet/damp carpet, cabinetry or furniture made of certain wood products, household cleaning products, personal care, heating and cooling systems, humidification devices and miscellaneous outdoor sources. (US Consumer Product Safety Commission)

If you’re a stay-at-home mom like me, that means you and your babies spend a lot of your time breathing in those pollutants. Scary! When I discovered how nasty our indoor air quality really can be–most times worse than outdoor air–I researched ways to improve our home air quality. 

While it is highly unrealistic to get new carpet, mattresses, paint, furniture etc. that are all non-toxic and don’t off-gas bad pollutants into the air, there are a few things you can do to improve the air quality in your home. First being to get rid of the the toxic things in your home that you do have control over such as cleaning supplies and beauty supplies. You’ll also want to make sure your home gets proper ventilation by opening windows or doors to let fresh air in. Now, I know we can’t always have the windows open because of various temperatures and weather circumstances, so another way to improve air quality–and decorate your space–is by adding plants around your house. 

Studies have been done to test the plants that do best with removing formaldehyde and other pollutants from the air. And luckily, the list ranges from plants that can be hung, to plants that stay on the ground. If you have pets or curious children, you’ll want to make sure the plants you choose to keep in your home are safe for the pets or you can choose to hang them to keep them out of the way. I love the look of hanging plants in bedrooms and on shelves throughout the home, and so that is what I chose to do. Many of the plants have a different style as well and so you can easily incorporate the plant that will work best in your home.

  1. Golden Pothos (removes formaldehyde, benzene, carbon monoxide)
golden pothos indoor plants that clean the air

2. Asparagus Fern (removes formaldehyde)

asparagus fern indoor plants for natural living

3. Bird’s Nest Succulent (removes formaldehyde)

4. Aloe Vera (removes formaldehyde)

simple changes to your home to clean the air aloe vera plant

5. Spider Plant (removes carbon monoxide, formaldehyde)

6. Elephant Ear Philodendron (removes formaldehyde)

elephant ear philodendron natural living indoor plants

7. English Ivy (removes benzene)

natural living plants that purify the air English ivy plant

8. Ficus (removes formaldehyde)

indoor plants that clean the air ficus plant

9. Chinese Evergreen (removes formaldehyde)

10. Peace Lily (removes benzene, trichloroethylene)

simple natural living indoor plants that purify the air peace lily plant

Some plants are easier to care for than others, so if you have a brown-thumb or are new to caring for indoor plants, try opting for aloe vera or a golden pothos plant to start! Indoor plants are beautiful and if you choose to hang them, you can make your own macrame plant hanger that adds a bohemian look to your decor. I’d love to hear what plants you choose to purchase or what plants you already tend to in your home. 

indoor plants macrame plant hanger plants that purify the air