Rose water is used in cosmetics and is known for its lovely fragrance. It is a gentle astringent and often used as toner for fair and dry skin. But did you know that it is also useful in promoting the health and growth of hair?
With regular use, rose water is known to promote hair growth by:
- Conditioning and revitalizing the hair;
- Reducing scalp inflammations;
- Countering dandruff caused by fungal infections;
- Reducing hair fall and dryness of the hair and scalp;
- Reducing broken and split ends by making the strands stronger and more flexible, and
- Increasing blood supply and circulation in the scalp
When purchasing rose water, you must be careful to purchase only the 100 percent pure form. Often what is available in pharmacies and even some natural food stores is synthetic rose oil and water with preservatives added. Pure rose water is the distilled water of roses. It is usually made by stream distillation, and it smells heavenly and tastes delicious.
There are several ways to make rose water at home to ensure the purest form. Here’s a quick and easy way to make your own rose water to use for your hair and skin.
What You’ll Need:
Heat-resistant glass bowl with lid
Wide-mouthed glass jar
- Gather your roses. If possible, harvest pesticide-free roses from your own garden. If you must buy roses from your local florist, rinse the petals in cool water to remove any chemicals.
- Pluck enough petals to firmly pack 1 cup. Place the roses in a heat-resistant glass bowl.
- Boil 2 cups of spring water and pour the hot water over the rose petals. Cover the bowl with a lid or plate and allow the rose petals to steep for 30 minutes.
- Cover a wide-mouthed jar with a piece of cheesecloth and pour the rosewater into the jar. Discard the rose petals.
TIP: Mix rose water and glycerin in a spray bottle and shake for a moisturizing hair spritz. Keep in the fridge.