Benefits and Uses of Rose Water for Health
Rose water is made by steeping or steam-distilling rose petals in water. It’s considered a by-product of the manufacturing process of rose essential oil, a process which uses steam distillation to isolate rose’s volatile oils. While not as concentrated as rose oil, rose water is a solution that contains beneficial compounds found in rose petals. It even has small amount of rose oil.
Usually rose water is made using petals from damask rose plants (Rosa damascena), but it can also be made using cabbage rose plant petals (Rosa centifolia). The INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients) formal name for distilled rose water is Rosa damascena flower distillate.
Rosa damascena belongs to the Rosaceae family, which has around 200 different types of rose species. Rose plants are naturally rich in antioxidants including flavonoids, plus a number of vitamins. This is why rose water is considered a gentle astringent, cleanser, skin soother and moisturizer, both for your skin and hair.
Rose Water Benefits and Uses
1. Has Antioxidant Effects & Fights Free Radical Damage
As a rich source of antioxidants, rose water can help strengthen skin cells and regenerate skin tissue. It’s even a great choice for people with aged or sensitive skin. Additionally, studies show that rose’s antioxidants give it anti-diabetic, pain-reducing, antiviral, antibacterial and possibly even anti-cancer properties (although these are more apparent in rose oil than rose water).
2. Soothes Skin Dryness, Inflammation and Acne
Why is rose water good for your skin? Its ability to fight bacterial infections and soothe inflammation may help those who suffer from acne, dermatitis or rosacea. One 2010 study found that compounds present in rose petals exhibit strong bactericidal activities, even compared to other essential oils.
3. Fights Infections in the Mouth and Eyes
Because it has antimicrobial effects, rose water is added to some mouthwashes and eye drops. Certain studies have found it can reduce ulcers and sores in the mouth, plus help to treat eye infections such as pink eye or conjunctivitis. Its ability to help prevent and treat infections is due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory potential.
4. Helps Fight Dandruff and Nourish Hair
While there hasn’t been much research proving its effectiveness, some claim that rose water makes their hair stronger, shiner and less prone to dandruff. Its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties can also help defend against dermatitis on the scalp and ingrown hairs.
5. Provides Aroma and Taste
Rose water can be used as a fragrance base to make perfume or room spray. Rose oil and water have a very rich floral scent that is both sweet and slightly spicy.