Rosewater is a staple in Middle Eastern cultures for its beauty benefits and culinary perks and is something worthy of incorporating into our daily routines.
Rose water is a byproduct of the rose oil production. Rose petals are steam distilled and the essential oil is removed, leaving behind hydrosol, otherwise known as rose water. The rose scent is universally lauded for its bold femininity and cool sophistication. It is as soft as it is striking and as versatile in its uses as it is timeless in its relevance. Rose water is a light, all-purpose beauty solution that can also make its way into your food.
You could make rose water yourself, but save yourself the hassle by purchasing some from a trusted producer. Some brands include GAIA Purity, ELMA & SANA, Poppy Austin, and Sweet Essentials. Look for keywords like “100% pure” and “organic” and always check out the ingredient’s list to make sure there is no alcohol, colorants, or other additives. Keep it as simple as possible.
Once you have rose water in your hands, the fun begins!
This one is perhaps the most passively fulfilling way to enjoy rose water. Instead of spraying on commercial (and oftentimes expensive) perfumes, which are laden with artificial fragrances, alcohol, and other additives, opt for rose water. A few sprays on the neck and wrists every few hours should do the job just right.
Rose water works wonders in milk-based dishes, such as puddings, creams, and yogurt. Simply add ¼ teaspoon to one cup of your favorite plain yogurt and stir. Add a few more drops if you want more rose water oomph in each bite.
As if lemonade weren’t refreshing enough, rose water comes along and makes the beverage a true delight!
Rose water lemonade
- 8 cups water
- 1 1/3 cups maple syrup
- 1 1/2cups lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons rosewater
- Dash of sea salt
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Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and mix until evenly combined. Enjoy!
4. Body Treatments
Rose water has anti-inflammatory properties and thus makes for a great addition to your skin and hair care products. You can either purchase products already containing rose water (or rose oils) or simply add rose water to your original mix. Pour a tablespoon of rose water into your moisturizers and body scrubs and mix. Use per usual.
5. Cakes and Cookies
For vanilla cakes and cookies that are otherwise light and neutral in flavor, like tea cookies or plain vanilla cake, rose water adds a unique (and welcome) dimension. You could either add 1 tablespoon of rose water to the batter of a recipe you already have on hand, or follow a recipe with rose water already built into the mix, like this organic white chocolate rose water cupcakes recipe.
6. Facial Toner
Going hand-in-hand with body treatments, rose water makes for an excellent facial toner all on its own – no need to mix it into anything! After cleansing your face, spray lightly with rose water, let dry, and then follow with a moisturizer. The result is a softer and brighter complexion.
7. Scented Bed Sheets
If your bed sheets are retaining an aroma of lazy Sundays and deep slumbers, freshen them with rose water. Liberally spray sheets from a short distance. The scent will soothe your senses and offer a sense of renewal and positivity.
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