When life gives you roses, make rosewater!
For centuries, people from all walks of life have been producing rosewater from roses and incorporating it into their daily beauty routines-and for good reason. Due to its versatility, rosewater can be used to alleviate an array of skin conditions ranging from acne to sunburns. It is a gentle astringent, so it has the power to enhance and beautify the skin. But did you know that rosewater can benefit your hair too? In this post, we are going to discuss the benefits of rosewater for our crowns.
WHAT IS ROSEWATER?
The name rosewater is pretty self-explanatory and what you see is what you get (rose+water). Rosewater can be created through two processes: steam-distillation or simmering. Because we can create rosewater in our very own kitchens, the simmering process is the method that will be discussed in this post.
During the simmering process, pesticide free rose petals are put into boiling hot distilled water. Depending on the amount of water and rose petals being used, the concoction is allowed to simmer for a predetermined period of time. The concoction is then allowed to cool. After it cools, the rose petals are removed. What remains is a delicate fragrant water: rosewater.
There are many different types of roses and almost all types can be used to create rosewater. However, because our hair only deserves the very best, the most preferred type of rose to use is the Damascena rose.
The Damascena rose is commonly known as the Damask rose and for centuries this type of rose has provided several remedies for medicinal, spiritual, physiological, and emotional infirmities for many cultures throughout the world. This type is also the most fragrant in the rose world. Due to its vast array of benefits, the Damascena rose is considered to be the crème de la crème of roses. When creating rosewater, it is best to use this type of rose because it has an abundance of anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-cancer, and antibacterial properties.
- Promotoes hair growth due to vitamin A, vitamin B3, vitamin C & E
- pH of rosewater and pH of hair is the same which means rosewater is able to restore hair’s pH
- Removes excess oil
- Moisturizes hair
- Gives hair shine and a light rose scent
- Deep conditions
- Increases blood circulation to the scalp which strengthens hair follicles resulting in hair growth
- Decreases breakage
- Eliminates dandruff & fights scalp infections
- Softens hair
- Rose petals
- Distilled water
- Remove rose petals (amount depends on preference) from pesticide free roses
- Rinse rose petals in lukewarm water and place into a sauce pan
- Pour just enough water (into sauce pan) to cover rose petals (too much water and mixture will be too diluted)
- Allow mixture to simmer
- Once rose petals have lost their color, turn fire off, and allow mixture to cool
- Once cooled, remove rose petals
- Pour cooled rosewater into a dark airtight container
- Store rosewater into refrigerator (it is good for 5 to 10 days)
If you are not a DIY type of gal (or guy) you can also purchase rosewater at your local health food store or online. However, make sure that there are no additives or preservatives in the rosewater that you purchase. The rosewater that I prefer to use on my hair is by Heritage Store ™. It is additive free, inexpensive, and it gives my tresses a suitable amount of moisture and shine.
Rosewater can easily be incorporated into your hair care regimen. Because rosewater is a moisturizer, it is safe to use on a daily basis. This fragrant water can be used as a detangler, a hair rinse, or it could be used in a henna treatment. Whichever way you choose to use rosewater on your hair is a matter of preference. But remember, in order to reap all the benefits of any product, it is important to be consistent and patient.