Updated: Jun 27, 2021
Many different cultures have a spiritual, medicinal, and culinary relationship with roses. The Damask rose, renown for its fragrance has been used for thousands of years since the middle ages, originating in what is now believed to be Iran. The rose's sweet floral aroma has been associated with the teachings of Prophet Mohammed, a prominent figure in Muslim culture.
Many flowers are used as herbs in Chinese medicine including honeysuckles, peonies, and of course, roses. The Chinese Rose Bud (Flos Rosae Rugosae) is a common herb that has been popularly used among women for generations due to its ability to aid with many pesky menstrual symptoms and for beauty by improving the complexion.
I on the other hand, have been using rose water in my skincare routine for about 2 years now for soft, healthy, hydrated, and dewy skin. I highly recommend it. ;)
Benefits of Using Rose Water:
In addition to the variety of health benefits, rose water is highly versatile and can be used both externally on skin, as well as consumed in food and drink.
Soothe Skin Irritation and Redness: the anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effects of rose water help to soothe redness and irritation from many skin conditions including: rosacea, acne, eczema, and even sunburns
Prevent and Treat Infections: Roses have a variety of anti-bacterial components that make it effective at preventing infection and also increasing healing of cuts, scrapes, and scars. It can be applied topically after thoroughly cleansing the area.
Antioxidant: Who wouldn't want to combat Oxidative stress? It is ever present and continuously causing damage to cells, proteins, lipids, and DNA in the body. Studies have shown that roses contain high levels of antioxidants and can be used as a source for medical treatment and prevention of many free radical diseases such as in reducing skin damage and .
Anti-Aging: Rose water has anti-aging properties that make it great for hydrating dry skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Calming and Uplifting Mood: In addition to the light, fresh, floral scent, roses contain various compounds that have anti-depressant and calming effects making it the perfect for your self care practice and night time skin care routine!
Anti-Diabetic Qualities: Studies on Damascus roses have shown a significant decrease in postprandial glucose levels (blood sugar levels after eating). This is important because drastic changes in blood sugar can cause many complications in diabetics. Rose water can be a good way to manage blood sugar for those who are diabetic, pre-diabetic, or just health conscious!
Neurodegenerative Diseases such as Dementia & Alzheimers: Interestingly, roses have been found to have a significant effect on the brain by stimulating neurite outgrowth activity and inhibiting amyloid β (a factor found in many Alzheimers patients that causes damage to the brain).
Here's how I apply rose water to my face to keep it healthy and hydrated ♥️.
This blog is for educational and entertainment purposes only, and is NOT intended as medical advice. If you or any other person have a medical concern, please seek guidance from a medical professional.