Healing with Rose Water (How to Make + Use Your Own)

Roses are some of the most well known and recognizable flowers from their stunning radial symmetry to their strong energetic vibration of love, gratitude, and joy (resonating higher than any other flower at 320 Mhz). Coming in a multitude of colors like yellow, white, and pink, rose has been widely cultivated and used for medicinal purposes for hundreds of thousands of years but they have been present on Earth for over 30 million years! It was traditionally used in herbal Ayurvedic formulas that promoted longevity and overall health. In other cultures, rose water and rose essential oils have been used in sacred spiritual practices for healing, love, fertility, and ceremonial burials.

uses for rose water

Rose water is made from the stepping of rose petals in water.

Full of zinc and vitamins A, B, C, D, and E, it acts as a mild astringent with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. These properties help to alleviate dandruff, dryness and itchiness as well as moderate psoriasis and eczema.

New to the #loccommunity, I was recommended to refrain from frequent washing to reduce manipulation and unraveling of my starter locs. Before I even locked my hair, I wasn't properly hydrating and maintaining it so I was in for a rude hair awakening when I started to experience moderate dryness, itchiness and flakiness on my scalp. And it has been UNBEARABLE, chile! There were moments where I just wanted to throw the whole head away!

In the midst of experiencing discomfort and pain, my saving graces on this holistic wellness journey have always been the formulation and surprising effectiveness of herbal remedies that often present themselves as intuitive insight. This scalp alleviator came in divine timing, because this scalp was unhappy and ITCHING!

For this recipe, you can use dried roses or find fresh roses at your local florist or grocery store. My boyfriend got me some roses for our anniversary that have since started to wilt so...upcycle!

Ok, here's what you need to make your Healing Rose Water.

The Tools:

  • roses/rose petals/rose hips

  • distilled water

  • *optional: your choice of essential oils ( I used tea tree, rosemary, and peppermint)

The Steps:

  1. gently peel rose petals from the flower - the amount of petals is dependent on how much rose water you're making, I used about 2-3 roses

  2. steep in boiling water for about 20 minutes or until roses reach very light color

  3. strain to remove rose petals

  4. transfer rose water to a spray bottle (preferably with an adjustable nozzle)

  5. add 10-15 drops of each essential oil

  6. shake well + store up to 1 month

To Use for Loc Maintenance:

  • spray directly onto scalp, specifically in affected areas

  • massage gently to help stimulate your scalp with the relieving, cooling properties of the rose and essential oils

  • squeeze the rose water into your locs to help moisturize them while reducing manipulation

  • follow up with an oil (castor oil, jojoba oil, olive oil) to seal in the moisture

  • allow time for your locs to dry to avoid growth of fungus

*You can also use rose water while washing your hair. Allow it to sit on your scalp for at least 5 minutes before rinsing.

Your scalp is now happy! It can breathe and allow room for more growth and strength!

Here are some other uses for your Healing Rose Water:

  • skincare toner

  • facial spray

  • use in spiritual baths

  • diffuse for aromatherapy

  • use in cooking and baking

Let us know in the comments how you use rose water!

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