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  • Writer's pictureAshanta Artistry

The Myth The Legend, The Rose. 🥀

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Listen to Blog Post hereNarrated by Ashanta Artistry

One of the most cherished lessons from my training in medical skin care and Ayurvedic medicine is the power of roses. Long before rose water was a common sight at your local Urban Outfitters, I was making my own and basking in its glory! Roses have been revered as the Queen of Flowers throughout history and across civilizations. They have been used in celebrations, burials, medicinal applications, and as a natural perfume. So, what makes roses so special? How can you easily make your own rose products, and why should you incorporate them into your skincare routine and diet?

What’s so great about roses?

Photo of a vintage pink rose.
Rose smell is located in the petals. By distillation, oil we can extract the rose oil and smell

Various parts of the rose—fruits, flowers, leaves, and bark—are used in cosmetics, food, pharmaceuticals, and even engineering. Medically, roses offer treatments for inflammation, diabetes, dysmenorrhea, depression, stress, seizures, and aging.

Rich in vitamins A and E, roses hydrate and tighten the skin, reduce fine lines over time, and soften dark circles. They also support natural collagen production, which is essential for healthy skin, nails, and hair. Loaded with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, roses can help reduce breakouts and calm conditions such as rosacea and eczema.

Beyond skincare, roses have impressive benefits for the body. They are nutrient-rich, astringent, diuretic, and anti-inflammatory. Roses can uplift the spirits, ease grief, PMS, upset stomachs, sore throats, colds, and balance the negative side effects of perimenopause and menopause.

How to incorporate rose into your beauty routine

Ancient Egyptians boiled down roses to make cosmetics and healing balms and infused rose scent into their oils for skin cleansing and protection. If they could do it, so can you. Here’s my preferred methods:

How to Make Rose Oil:

Rose oil in the making in a glass jar with a quark lid
Homemade rose oil ready to sit for 2 weeks in a cool dark space

1. Select high-quality organic dried rose petals. I recommend shopping at places like re-grocery or Anima Mundi Herbals.

2. Fill a glass jar halfway with dried rose petals.

3. Completely fill the jar with a high-quality carrier oil such as jojoba or rapeseed oil. Olive oil can be used but keep in mind that its strong fragrance can overpower the rose scent.

4. Cover the jar with cheesecloth or a cork.

5. Leave the jar covered in a cool, dark place for about 2 weeks.

6. Strain out the rose petals.

7. Store the rose oil in a cool, dark place.

I use my homemade rose oil on its own or blend it with other oils like vitamin E oil, squalane, broccoli seed oil, and hyaluronic acid to create a custom facial oil.

A plate of dried organic rose buds
Dried Rose Petals to be used to make rose oil or rose water

How to Make Rose Water

1. Select high-quality organic dried rose petals. Again, places like re-grocery or Anima Mundi Herbals are great options.

2. Using remineralized distilled water or very high-quality filtered water, bring 1 part rose petals and 1 part water to a boil.

3. Let the mixture simmer for 5 minutes.

4. Let it cool.

5. Transfer the mixture to a glass jar and refrigerate it for 1 week.

6. Strain out the rose petals.

7. Keep the rose water refrigerated.

I use my rose water in a spray bottle or with my facial ice roller.

Incorporating rose products into your beauty routine can bring numerous benefits for your skin and overall well-being. Enjoy the natural power of roses!


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