Rosewater popularly referred to as “gulab jal” is touted worldwide for its heady fragrance, cosmetic and flavor properties.

Over the years, rose water has become an integral part of Indian tradition because of its cleansing properties and soothing aroma. It is used on all auspicious occasions, showered on bride and bridegroom and sprinkled while greeting honored guests akin to a red-carpet welcome.

To get rose water in its purest form is a simple process. Collect rose petals early in the morning when the air is clean and humid or better still pick them after rain or abundant dew. Store the fresh petals in a clean sterilized jar filled with distilled water and place them under the sunshine for a number of days. Voila…Rose water is ready!

Rose water benefits and valuable secrets are multiple. We at TheMedGuru list a few below.

Rose Water Benefits for Skin
The potential use of rose water in skin care regimen is unmatched. It is an excellent face cleanser that removes dirt, oil and other pollutants from skin pores. It makes for a great natural toner and prevents aging by reducing wrinkles and tightening skin pores. It can be used in combination with different ingredients for any skin type without causing any irritation. Rose water dabbed on inflamed pimples helps reduces redness. Application of sandalwood, lemon juice and rose water mixture helps diminish acne scars and clears blemishes.

Hair Care
Rose water is soothing and nourishing to the scalp. As a natural hair spray, it strengthens the roots, promotes hair growth and revitalizes the scalp. Rose water works as a wonderful hair conditioner, keeping tresses free from split ends and smoothes dry, frizzy locks.

Eye Fatigue
If plagued with eye pain or fatigue, soak cotton wool in rose water and gently place it on your eyelids. It not only soothes but also helps cool your peepers. Rose water used as eye drops banishes dark circles and puffiness.

Induces Relaxation
Rose water is a mild sedative and anti-depressant. It has a calming effect on the mind, enhances moods, induces relaxation, helps relieve fatigue, quells tension and gives a sense of general well being. Rose water is widely used in aromatherapy and spa-treatment. A few capfuls of rose water in the bath tub leave you smelling fresh and rejuvenated.

Cuisines
Given its beautiful fragrance, rose water is used extensively in Persian, Indian and Mediterranean cuisines to give it a distinct fragrance. A dash of rose water is added to sweets like Gulab Jamun and Ladoo to bring out an aromatic flavor.

Medicinal Uses
Rose water has good anti-septic, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties hence it works wonders in treating sunburns, wounds and skin infections including dermatitis and eczema. Rose water is also sprayed to strengthen immunity and the nervous system. A little rose water in lemonade helps treat digestive disorders. Rose water applied over insect bites stops itching and reduces soreness.

Disinfectant
Rose water can be used as a disinfectant. Sprayed on kitchen and bathroom counter tops, shelves, and table tops will not only keep your home or workplace free from bacteria and germs but also give the surroundings a scented and fresh feel.

Rose water is all natural, effective, versatile eco-friendly and above all doesn””t burn a hole in your pocket. So keep a bottle handy and enjoy its natural and holistic properties to the fullest!

Edited by Neelam Goswami on 21-02-2014.

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