Monday, 27 August 2018

DO-IT-YOURSELF DISTILLED ROSEWATER

DO-IT-YOURSELF DISTILLED ROSEWATER

 

ROSEWATER AND ITS BENEFITS


What is Rosewater?

Roses originated in the Middle East where during ancient times, roses were used for religious ceremonies, food, and medicine.  Rosewater was born from Iran in the process of making rose oil for perfume.  Basically, rosewater is rose made into water form by either steeping, boiling, or distillation.



Uses

There are many known uses for rosewater.  It is good for the skin and can be used as a toner, a mask, facial cleanser, makeup remover, and moisturizer.  It can also be used for the hair as a leave-on or deep conditioner.  It was also used, way before vanilla became popular, as a food flavoring.

Benefits

Given its anti-inflammatory properties, it removes puffiness from under the eyes and face.  It can even calm down skin conditions such as eczema and rosacea.  It can be also used on the face, body, and hair sprayed directly to keep them hydrated.  Because of its mild astringent properties, similar to lemon, it can be used to tone skin and tighten pores.  Rosewater also has high antioxidant properties which slow the aging process by neutralizing free radicals thus reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  It has antibacterial properties and even used before to wash hands, so it is a great anti-acne spray and can also be used to treat burns, cuts, and scars.  Another great benefit of rosewater is its anti-depressant properties.  The scent of roses is known to de-stress and improve your mood, relieve headaches, and calm the brain.


Collect Organic Roses

HOW TO MAKE ROSEWATER


Now that we know that rosewater has tons of uses, let us learn how to make it at home.  For this tutorial, we will be making two kinds of rosewater, the distilled more potent rosewater and the rosewater from boiled roses. The materials we need are:  (1) A saucepan, (2) two bowls, one small and one medium size, (3) a strainer, (4) a ladle, (5) ice, (6) water, (7) container with a spritzer and another one with a dropper, and lastly of course, the most important one, (8) roses.  First, we start by picking some roses.  I suggest that it is better to have organic roses and not the one from the flower shop as they are full of chemicals such as pesticides and fertilizers to achieve that perfect form.  My roses are a little gnarly but I am sure that they do not have a touch of chemicals in them as I got them from my mom's garden.  Even if you do not have a garden, you can ask your friendly neighbor if they have some that they can give you and in return, you can give them rosewater as a thank you gift, a win-win in my book.  Make sure to wash your roses under clean running water to remove dust or any small insects.

DIY Rosewater

Next is we need to have a saucepan where we can cook our roses and a bowl where we can collect our distilled rosewater.   Fill the saucepan with all your roses, stems, petals, and hips.  Next, add distilled water just enough to cover your roses with water.  Create a space in the middle where we can put our small bowl upside down.  On top of that, we will place our medium-sized bowl.  This will be the one to catch our distilled rosewater.  We can now turn on the heat and wait for the water to boil.  For making our more potent rosewater, once the water is boiling, cover the saucepan with the lid upside down creating a concave shape inside for the droplets of water during condensation to gather in the middle then eventually fall on our bowl.  Those little droplets are the distilled more potent rosewater.  We can speed up the condensation process by adding ice on top of the lid.

Distilled Rosewater Condensation Process

The boiled down water is our regular rosewater.  We can also use this, but this is a little watered down in terms of potency compared to our distilled rosewater.  We will now let this liquid cool down then pass through a strainer.  This rosewater will have a pink tinge on it since the color of the petals now transferred to the water.  You can use this as a body and hair mist, spraying all over your body right after bath or shower.

Boiled Down Rosewater

We also will have the potent/distilled rosewater.  Imagine this as roses in water form.  This will be more fragrant in comparison to the pink rosewater.  For the more distilled rosewater, we will add a few drops of glycerine just to have extra moisturization as glycerine is known to seal moisture and hydrate the skin.  This can be used at night time before going to bed to let the skin soak all the nutrients and wonderful effects of rosewater.

Pure Distilled Rosewater

FINISHED PRODUCT AND HOW TO USE


For storage, keep the boiled down rosewater on a spritzer while the potent distilled water on a container with a dropper.  This will last for up to a year.  I like to keep mine inside the fridge for a more refreshing feel.  I use the pink rosewater right after I shower and several times a day to hydrate my face and the rosewater with glycerine at night before going to bed.  You can also use the pink rosewater as a toner.  Just spray some on a cotton ball and apply to your face.  You can also add equal parts of rosewater and virgin coconut oil to create a makeup remover.  It also makes a great hair tamer, just spritz away and frizz begone.  That is it.  It's that simple to make and would not cause a buck.  I just used old containers to store my rosewater.

Rosewater Storage

RESULTS AND REVIEW


I mainly Here is my verdict after using rosewater for two weeks. First of all, I loooooooove the smell!  The smell is so intoxicating.  it smelled of fresh roses from the garden.  It definitely refreshes the skin as I store my spritzer inside the refrigerator to give it a more cooling and hydrating effect.  I noticed that my skin was more soft and clear.  I had tiny bumps before I used rosewater and now they are gone! My face is now smoother and my pores are tighter.  I would definitely recommend giving this a try especially to those people with sensitive skin.  It's all natural, organic, cheap, and really deliver results.  I will definitely include this on my daily routine, spraying the pink rosewater not only on my face but all over my body right after I shower and using the more potent one at night before I apply my aloe vera gel.

DIY Rosewater Finished Product

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DO-IT-YOURSELF DISTILLED ROSEWATER

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21 comments:

  1. Oh My Goodness! I never knew it has so many benefits. It was very much informative. So great dear. Loved reading it.

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  2. Thanks for sharing! I have been using rose water for years but I always buy it. I will make sure to try making it myself :)

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  3. Gorgeous and useful! I want to try to make this so bad, just need to get a hold of some roses. Thanks xx

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  4. I've used Rose Water on my face since I was little, but didn't know I could put it in my hair! I'll have to try that!

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  5. Very informative post with great images !

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  6. Didn't know it was so easy to make! Thanks for all the tips on how to use it as well!

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  7. This looks and sounds great. I am so much more concerned with moisturizing now than I used to be. So this must be really perfect for me.

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  8. Oh awesome! I've always wanted to know how to do this, or if you could DIY it!

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  9. I didn’t realize there were so many benefits to rose water! I will have to check it out!

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  10. I have never know that rose water has a lot of benefits with our skin and with our health. I will bookmark this and will try to make a rose water for my mom.

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  11. I love rose water! I’ve purchased it in the past, but it’s nice to know I can make it myself! I bet it smells amazing!

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  12. Kristine Nicole Alessandra4 October 2018 at 23:28

    I've heard a lot of good things about it but I have never tried to use it. I will save this and will try to make this to see how good it is into my body.

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  13. I use rose water on my face and also use in cooking. I generally purchase it from the market but never tried to make it at home. Thanks for sharing the technique, I'll try to make it at home now .

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  14. Wow the color is much deeper than I thought! I've seen it in stores before but they charge premium prices for it. This is a great alternative!

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  15. I have made rose water one time, but did not use it often. I need to make it again and do it with live petals instead of old ones.

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  16. Geraline Batarra5 October 2018 at 11:24

    This is such a very informative post to read, I have never knew that rose water has a lot good benefits to give to our body. Thanks for sharing this with us!

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  17. I had no idea that rose water has anti-inflammatory properties with so many benefits. Thanks for sharing it DIY. I'd love to try it!

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  18. Geraline Batarra5 October 2018 at 11:30

    Such a very informative post and I really enjoyed reading this. I have never knew that rose water can give a lot of good benefits into our health.

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  19. Mega j you for sharing this. I always wanted to make my own and this seems easy enough.

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  20. Wow, where did you learn how to make this. It is something I will love to try and see if it works for me too. But for now, it's difficult for me to find any roses as I live in a country where most stuff are imported~

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  21. I'm not a fan of strong rose smell, especially rose perfume. But I've heard of how natural roses and rosewater are actually pretty mild and fragrant. I am probably going to give it a try to see if it works!

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