Everything's Coming Up Roses!
Guys! I have a new $4 obsession. Ridiculous. It's this Rose Water from Juice Served Here in LA. Plus it comes in a super cool glass jar that I can reuse (at least that is what I keep telling myself). Worth it? I think so. The thing is that this rose water has also sparked a new found obsession with all things roses. Sure, I have always enjoyed roses. I mean, how can one not enjoy roses? Flowers are always a good idea and just brighten up a person's day and any room! But more so lately, I am totally drawn to the scent of these beautiful flowers and their ability to basically perform magic with their amazing properties that go beyond a cut arrangement. Read on for a list of ways to both internally and externally capture the wonder of the rose...
Drinking: Rose water is made from soaking rose leaves. It has been proven to bring relief from constipation, clear the blood and soothes an overactive mind. Rose petal tea is made from crushed and dried rose petals. Drink warm to cleanse the gall bladder and liver, and it help improve bile secretion. Rose tea also helps to alleviate a sore throat and can help to treat bronchial infections. The tea can also assist in cooling the body and can help to alleviate fevers and rashes brought on by heat.
Bathtime: Rosewater helps to maintain your skin’s pH balance. Add a few drops of rosewater essential oils (we like doTerra) to your bath and soak up the hydrating, moisturzing and aromatic benefits. It will also leave your skin feeling silky smooth and moisturized.
Eye Brightening: Rose petals are an important ingredient in eye washes AND antiseptic in nature -- translation: rose water will cleanse and cool your eyeballs! Additionally, you can prevent dark circles and puffiness by dabbing some rose water under your ojos.
Hair: The nourishing and moisturizing properties of rose water is known to enhance the quality of hair and also can be used to treat mild scalp inflammations and dandruff that are caused by fungal infections.
Face: Talk about endless possibilities! Use rose water as an aftershave, a toner, a makeup refresher, a cleanser...the list goes on. As a natural astringent, rose helps tighten pores and restore suppleness for a glowy complexion. Unlike alcohol-based toners, rose leaves skin feeling smooth, not dried out. It also helps to revitalize aging skin, tones and keeps fine lines and wrinkles at bay. Rose is loaded with anti-bacterial properties that will help to fight acne, dermatitis and eczema. Rose oils can help reduce swollen spots or redness on your skin to sooth rosecea and eczema.
Sunscreen: Rose water cools the skin. It is also an antioxidant that contains high amounts of vitamin C which can help protect skin cells from sun damage. Some evidence even suggests that rose water can help prevent sunburn.
Light Perfume: When used aromatically, rose relaxes and soothes the mind. In Ayurvedic medicine, rose petals are used to detoxify and calm. Add a dab on your pillow for a peaceful night's sleep.
First Aid: Being that rose water is naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial, it can help to heal scars, burns, cuts and wounds. The antioxidant properties of rose water help to strengthen skin cells and regenerate skin tissues.
Moisturizing: The natural oils found in roses help lock moisture into the skin, keeping skin feeling smooth. Rose is especially beneficial for those with sensitive skin because the sugars in its petals create a soothing feeling. For best results, add a few drops of rosewater to your regular cream or moisturiser before applying it.
There are SO many easy and creative rose remedies for you to whip up on your own so that you don't have to spend a fortune. DIY! Just make sure you only use rose petals that have not been treated with pesticides because that is no bueno. Oh, and this Spring, please don't forget to take the time to stop and smell the roses!