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August 11, 2010
Rose is a sacred flower for many nations of the world, an eternal symbol of beauty and love. Red and yellow, pink and white, roses look very pretty and have a delicate fragrance. In addition, roses and their products offer a series of therapeutic benefits and valuable properties. Rose water is among the most common products received by distillation from rose petals, and it is used in medicine, cosmetics, culinary and so on.
Rose water has very pleasant taste and fragrance, and a high quality product includes only distilled water and pure rose essential oil. Top quality rose water was extremely valued in Ancient Persia and Egypt, and it was a key beauty product used by Cleopatra. In Ancient India rose water recipes were used for special religious rituals, and in Ancient Greece and the Middle East rose water was used to enhance the flavor of various exotic foods, especially deserts like the baklava and others.
Numerous rose water benefits include antibacterial, soothing, healing and antiseptic properties. It is very rich in flavonoids and vitamins, including A, C, D, E and B3. That is why if taken in the form of a therapeutic tea, it can help to enrich our body with useful nutrients and minerals, as well as lower the risks of bladder infections and heart disease, relieve digestive problems and nervous tension, relieve eye irritation and dental pains caused by paradontosis, and so on.
But mainly, rose water benefits are used to treat skin infections and this natural product is an important agent for many skin care techniques. It has excellent soothing effects, can improve the condition of dry and aging skin, as well as cleanse, purify and tone skin, reduce swelling and redness, assists in getting rid of black dots and so on. It can be applied to sensitive skin and can be used effectively as an aftershave lotion. Also, rose water is very beneficial for hair, that is why it is frequently used as an ingredient for hair care products and shampoos. Rose water increases blood flow to scalp, this way nourishing and strengthening hair follicles and preventing hair loss.
It is very important to be sure that the rose water you buy and use is a 100% natural product. Very often the products available in our natural foods stores and pharmacies are nothing else but synthetic rose water or the one produced with preservatives. There are many ways and methods to produce rose water at home, and such rose water recipes guarantee receiving a high quality natural product. For example, you can use fresh rose petals, distilled water and ice, but you need to have a heavy brick or something like that in order to simulate the function of still.Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.