ROSE water has been revered for centuries. Cleopatra soaked the sails of her ship in it so that, as Shakespeare wrote, “the very winds were lovesick”; Michelangelo drank it in his daily tea; builders in ancient Baghdad mixed it with mortar so that mosques would radiate a beautiful aroma in the mid-day sun.
– Since ancient times, roses have been used medicinally, nutritionally, and as a source of perfume. The ancient Greeks, Romans and Phoenicians considered large public rose gardens to be as important as croplands such as orchards and wheat fields.
The modern production of rose water through steam distillation was refined by Persian chemist Avicenna in the medieval Islamic world .

The fragrant liquid — created through the steam distillation of rose petals — has several beauty benefits that make it suitable for all skin types and conditions. It is recommended for people with sensitive skin or rosacea, because its anti-inflammatory properties help soothe irritations. It’s anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, has antioxidants and it hydrates .
The “aromatherapy kick” you get from spritzing your face with rosewater is good for elevating your mood and making you feel fresh and awake.

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Image courtesy of Lilianna Heitmann | Salutogenese Institut
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