Even though rose blooms in winter, its essence is truly a summer favourite. Just the whiff of rosewater sensorially cools your mind and its application on the skin is soothing, to say the least. Rosa damascena (Indian rose) has antibacterial, antioxidative, relaxant properties, which explains why our complexions feel calmer after a spritz of rosewater. We spoke to Suparna Trikha, Delhi-based natural wellness expert and founder of Suparna Herbs, who says that rosewater is the best natural toner. “It also help keep the skin supple and tightens pores,” she adds. Read on as she reveals the many delightful ways to employ rose water and petals for beauty and wellness this summer.
An an eye relaxant
People who work for long hours on the computer usually have dry burning eyes. Cotton pads dipped in chilled rose water help to cool and depuff the eye area. In fact good quality, pure rose water can also be used as eye drops to soothe and refresh tired eyes.
As a drink
Rose is cooling for the body, which is why it is used in so many drinks such as thandai. However, if you don’t care of the sugar content of these beverages, you can freeze crushed watermelon, rosewater and rose petals in ice cube trays and add them to a glass of chilled water or soda to cool your system from within.
As a face mask
Rose is amazing as a face mask. Take a handful of ‘desi’ rose petals and crush them manually. To this, add the petals of three marigold flowers, which have antibacterial and anti-blemish properties. Lastly, mix a pulped, two-inch cube of papaya to smoothen and exfoliate your skin with its natural enzymes. Apply for 20 minutes on your face and then rinse off.
As a bath soak
Pamper yourself after a hard days work by filling your tub with water, adding some milk and fresh rose petals. This mix is softening, it tones up the entire body and is very relaxing. Rose fragrance is used to calm people who have jarred nerves, which is why a lot of healers use it to remove negativity. You can also use a rose-infused salt scrub to feel lighter and more relaxed.
Keep a small spray bottle of rosewater in your handbag to spritz on your face or in your eyes when you feel overwhelmed by the heat.