Curative Power of Rose Water
Roses are beautiful and pleasing to the eye!
They also help cool and nourish the physical and emotional body. Rose water has been used for centuries for its curative purposes. Rose treat heart, nerves and lift the spirits, reduce inflammation, stop sweating, and effective for menopausal hot sweats and summer prickly heat. Rose water is used as a spray to freshen up quickly. It can also be used as a wash to reduce skin scars and oily skin.
Rose water was first obtained by distilling roses in Persia. From attar of roses or rose oil, rose perfumes are made. Rose oil is a mixture of essential oils obtained from steam-distilling the crushed petals of roses. Rose water is used in cosmetics. It is essentially used as toner for fair and dry skin. It is also a key ingredient in many sweet drinks.
As the name says, rose water is the most effective liquid nature has ever produced. Rose water smells and tastes of roses. Rose water is produced in the form of leftover liquid when rose petals and water are distilled together for making rose oil. Steam distillation was probably first used by the Arabian doctor in the 10th century. Rose water is made using damask roses and Middle Eastern countries are some of the largest producers of rose water because of the availability of damasks.
Provide your skin with a natural glow and freshness, instead of subjecting your skin to various kinds of beauty products. Try the magical powers of rose water. Surely you will find your skin more soft, radiant and healthy at the same time.
The biggest reason for the popularity of rose water is that rose water is suitable for all types of skin. It has tremendous hydrating effects and act as a natural moisturizer for dry skin and heals skin inflammation as well that may caused by sunburns. It can be used as a toner and maintains the oil balance of your skin. Rose water tightens your skin pores and brings down wrinkles and other signs of aging to a great extent. It works as an aftershave when the skin tends to become irritated after shaving and you will have a soothing effect on the skin.
The miraculous rose water with its antiseptic and antibacterial properties enables it to treat acne and other forms of skin diseases and prevent their reappearance. Rose water is widely used in cosmetics as an ingredient as it keeps the skin soft and beautiful. Also rose water is gaining popularity in aroma therapy as it provides a relaxing and calming effect.
Rose water is also used as an ingredient in food. In the Middle East and Asia, meat is cooked and infused with it. Rose water provides the primary flavor for many sweet treats and candies. There are hundreds of benefits of rose water, as you can drink it or use it in a special dish and once you get familiar with its taste, gourmets or gourmands can delight in numerous dishes which evoke traditional cuisine at least millennia old.
There are many people who do not know how to use this amazing natural product. Apply some rose water over your face and neck before putting on the makeup. This will help the makeup to last longer and will give a natural glow to the skin. It is good practice to use it for the removal of regular makeup. Simply dip a cotton ball in rose water and rub it gently all over your face in circular motions. People who have sensitive skin and cannot use regular perfume products can make their own natural perfume by mixing up of one cup of rose water and a few drops of jasmine essential oil. Store it up in a dark glass bottle with a tight lid and use it as it pleases you. So next time you go for shopping, buy yourself a bottle of pure rose water – and relish the miracle liquid. Thank you http://www.lifestylo.com/2010/09/rose-water-miracle-liquid/
Learn how to make real rose water perfume, a tin of your own special rose sugar, or a basket of rose petal potpourri. Roses are beautiful to look at, have an intoxicating smell and are the grand beauties of any flower garden. Rose water has a time-honoured place in festivities around the world. Blessings are given at ceremonies and wedding feasts, by sprinkling on the faces or body of guests. In the home a rose water sprinkler is a symbol of hospitality and affluence. A true blessings offered with the garden of paradise, for the Rose teaches us how to trust. It takes a pure heart to trust others, to count on them, when times are in need. We learn to give our hearts to the garden God has given to us. We offer a blessing to the delicate Rose Water to be shared in our homes, our temples and our gardens. Here are a few wonderful gifts to make from rose petals.
Drying Rose Flowers
1. Pick flower buds and heads fresh from your favorite garden or bouquet. Three to five heads are sufficient for most beading projects.
2. Peel off the petal layers and place in a single layer on newspaper.
3. Place in a dark area with good ventilation and low humidity for approximately two weeks. To speed up the process, use a food dehydrator.
4. When dry (crisp), package in a zip lock bag.
Rose water is a staple found in most European and Italian homes. Rose water adds a light, sweet aroma to breads, pastries, glazes and teas.
5 or 6 rose petals
1 gallon of mineral water
1 gallon glass container with a tight lid.
1 (aluminum) pot that will hold a gallon of water [I recommend stainless unless there is reason for aluminum-says Holiness David Running Eagle]
Add the rose petals to the water and boil for fifteen minutes. Remove petals from water after cool. Pour water into the glass container and use as needed.
Rose water is one of the all-time best and most traditional facial
cleansers, because rose is astringent, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and has a lovely scent.
1 cup rose-infused water
2 teaspoons glycerin
5 to 10 drops rose essential oil
Place a handful of dried rose petals in a mason jar, cover with boiling water, seal, and let set overnight. Note that dried rose petals are available in many health food stores (as is vegetable glycerin), or online from herbal supply stores.
After the rose petal infusion has set overnight, strain. Combine the ingredients in a pretty jar, and shake to blend. Note that you will extend the shelf life if you add 1/2 a teaspoon of grapefruit seed extract (available in health food stores). The antiseptic quality of essential oils will also act as a preservative. Thank you http://www.care2.com/greenliving/rose-water-and-glycerin.html
This is the same perfume that ladies of fashion wore centuries ago.
6 cups of rose petals, no stamens
6 cups of water
1 large aluminum pot
perfume bottle with a tight fitting lid
Put all ingredients into the pot and bring to a boil. Then turn heat to simmer and cook for 2 hours. Strain the liquid through the cheesecloth several times until all pulp is removed. Let the perfume cool completely before pouring into a decorative perfume bottle.
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Rose Beads are believed to be used to make the original rosaries, hence the name rosary.Ingredients:
6 to 8 cups of rose petals
10 cups water
1 aluminum pot
1 tablespoon of glycerin
Combine all ingredients in the pot and bring to a boil for 1 minute. Turn down to low and slowly cook for 3 or 4 hours until most of the water has evaporated and the petals have formed a paste. Pour mixture into a colander to get rid of excess moisture. When the paste is cool enough to touch form small beads, and use woodentoothpicks to make the holes. Note: if the paste doesn’t stick together, add a teaspoon more of glycerin. Let the beads completely dry overnight then string into a rosary or necklace. When the beads come into contact with body heat they will emit the aroma of roses. (quick rose beads recipe at the bottom of the page)
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Rose beads were first made in ancient Rome. By the Middle Ages, the rose had become a symbol of faith for the early European Christians. Their first string of prayer-counting beads, the rosary, named for this symbol of their faith, was very likely made of roses as well. Recipes for creating rose-petal beads vary widely. Some require cooking, while others don't. Some recipes include flour. Some suggest cooking the rose petals in an iron skillet to make dark black beads. The only common ingredient: rose petals.
Materials and Tools:
rose petals — 4 cups or morechopping knife
saucepan or skillet for simmering petals (cast iron for black beads)
pins or needles to create holes
nylon beading thread
1. Chop the rose petals into small pieces. Put the pieces into a saucepan or skillet and cover them with water. Simmer for about an hour.
2. Add a bit of rose oil to the pot and simmer an hour a day for four or five days until the petal mixture begins to look like clay.
3. Squeeze as much moisture as possible out of the mixture and save the rose liquid in a small covered container.
4. Form small beads with the rose mixture. Keep in mind that the beads will shrink as they dry. Poke a hole in each bead and set them aside to dry.
5. Check the beads each day. When they are fully dry, rub some of the reserved rose liquid onto each bead. Do this for several days to harden the bead surface.6. String the beads on beading thread and enjoy.
Thank you http://www.hgtv.com/crafting/rose-petal-beads/index.html
4 or 5 cups of dried rose heads
A favorite container/s
Pour the rose heads into a basket or decorative jar. Add scented oil for a stronger smell.
Decorative Rose TopiaryMaterials:
1 3-inch clay pot
1 Styrofoam ball, about the size of a tennis ball
1 8-inch long ½ inch dowel rod, painted brown or green
Hot glue gun
Approximately 40 tea rose heads
Fill the clay pot with florist foam. Glue the top of the foam with Spanish moss to cover. Center the dowel in the center of the pot and place in the florist foam. Use glue to cover the Styrofoam ball with Spanish moss. Glue the entire ball with the rose heads, and fasten to the top of the dowel rod. Tie a ribbon around the pot.
1 c. granulated sugar
1 rose head, any variety
1 decorative jar that will hold 1 cup of sugar/ with tight fitting lid
Carefully remove all petals from the rose and place them attractively in the bottom of the decorative jar. Fill the rest of the jar with the sugar. Shake the jar a couple of times. After a week or so the sugar will have absorbed the essence of the rose.
Rose sugar is sweeter than regular sugar and deliciously fragrant. Wrap a nice ribbon around the jar, and add it to a basket for a friend who enjoys tea. Adding a few packages of specialty teas to the basket and a mug make a beautiful personal gift for a friend.
Candied Rose Petals
10 rose petals
1 pasteurised egg white
50 g sugar
Recipe provided by Flagrante Delícia Thank you http://www.simplycraft.hk/blog/2009/10/treasure-your-rose/
Homemade Distilled Rose Water
This time of year every time I walk out the front door I get the heady waft of of roses at the peak of bloom and sometimes I shut my eyes and breathe deeply lingering for a few moments to imprint the scent on my memory.
I decided to try capturing the delicate scent by attempting some homemade rose water! From what I know of the process I thought a home set up might be do-able and got to work searching the interweb for some methods! I found some things, made a slight modification and went to work with rudimentary household utensils (thought I was, in my mind, acquiring glass do-dads and pipe, rubber stopper and connector thingys and burners like a mad scientist to make something a little more sophisticated - next project!).
TIP: You can use your rose water by itself as a refreshing toner or add 10% witch hazel to make an astringent!
Stuff you will need
• about 8 oz of fresh rose petals - preferably that are chemical free and picked in the morning.
If you don't have roses as a neighbor or see if a local florist will give/sell you old roses (that thye will probably throw out anyway)
NOTE: I made 2 oz of rose water with 8 oz of fresh petals
• double boiler with a steamer
• ramekin or small heat safe dish
• tin foil ( a stainless steel bowl will work better)
• tap water or distilled water