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Cooling and Cleansing: The Benefits of Rose Water

Updated on July 30, 2012

Benefits of Rose Water

The qualities, valuable secrets and benefits of rose water were discovered through an ancient romantic story that relates as follows. An emperor in ancient Persia, for his royal wedding to a princess, once ordered rose water to be filled in his imperial fountains. After their marriage, as the royal couple was taking a walk through the lovely gardens, tiny drops were seen on the surface of the rose water fountain. These tiny drops were rose oil droplets that had been formed under the warm streaming sunshine. The curious empress was intrigued to find that the droplets, when touched, had an oily feel and a beautiful scent emitted from them. Thus, the benefits of rose water, along with rose oil, were first discovered in Persia.


What is Rose Water?

Rose water is basically a by-product of rose oil through distillation of pure fresh rose petals. To make even a little of this oil, a large number of rose petals are used hence making this delicate extraction very expensive. Rose water can be found in Vitamin stores and some supermarkets but this processed type usually contains chemicals and artificial preservatives that are less effective and are less beneficial than pure rose water. The benefits of rose water can be enjoyed by simply making it at home. This can be done by storing fresh rose petals in a jar filled with distilled water and placing them under the sunshine for a number of days. Watch the video at the end of this article for instructions on how to make rose water.

Did you know that rose water has several benefits? The benefits of rose water include:


What are the Benefits of Rose Water?

Beauty Skin Care:

Generally rose essence, that is rose water and rose oil, is used in various therapeutic preparations especially facial or skin treatment. Pure natural rose water is 100% free from artificial ingredients and perfumes and is used as a facial cleanser. Cleopatra, famous for her ancient beauty secrets, used rose water in various face masks. It also prevents aging by reducing wrinkles and tightening skin pores. Dry skin can be hydrated by using rose water as a moisturizer. Rose water cleanses the skin, removing dirt, oil and other pollutants from deep inside the skin pores. Amazingly, it can be used on any skin type without causing much irritation. It acts as a cleansing agent as well as a skin toner. For that reason, ancient Romans preferred baths of rose water. The benefits of rose water can be accessed to various types of face masks can be enhanced by adding rose water to dilute, instead of plain water.

Aromatic Cuisine:

The benefits of rose water are extensively exploited in various cuisines throughout the world. Rose water is best known for its beautiful scent hence used in Persian cooking to scent or flavor food especially rice, giving it a distinct fragrance. It is also commonly used in small amounts to flavor foods like Baklava, ice creams, scones, cakes, buns and puddings. In India, rose water is used as one of the ingredients in most delicacies, curries and sweets like Gulab Jamun and Ladoos. Famous biryani dishes in Pakistan use a dash of rosewater to bring out an aromatic flavor.

Drinking Rose water:

One of the benefits of rose water is it can be used to make very nutritious drinks since it is rich in flavonoids, anti-oxidants, tannins and essential vitamins like A, C, D, E and B3. A simple delicious drink can be made by mixing rose water syrup in a cup of cold creamy milk. Rose water is a mild sedative and anti-depressant. It enhances moods, helps relieve nervous tension and improves skin texture. In Malaysia, it is used for its distinct sweet flavor in making a milky sweet drink like Bandung.A simple Persian rose water infused iced tea will help you soothe and calm your mind.

Rose Water vs Rose Essence

Be sure to make a distinction between pure rose water and scented/flavored rose water. Pure rose water is derived by the actual use of real rose petals. Flavored rose water may just be water scented with rose essence and is not the real deal. It is pure rose water that has gentle and compelling uses that are natural and effective.


Benefits of Rose Water- Medicinal Uses

Medicinal uses:

Rose water is a well-known for its natural healing properties as a good anti-septic, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory product.

Benefits of Rose Water for Skin infections:

Rose water is used to treat skin infections including dry scaly skin, oily skin, skin inflammation, dermatitis and eczema. Rose water is also a healing agent, and can be used in treating wounds. For sunburns, rose water can be gently rubbed over the affected area or when taking a bath, add a few drops and relax while the magic takes effect.

Insect bites:

When going on a safari or camping in a tropical area, it's sure to be infested with mosquitoes. Rose water can be applied over insect bites like mosquito bites that easily stop the itchy feeling, reduce the inflammation and cool the area.

Eye Fatigue:

For any eye pain or fatigue, gently dip a cloth in rose water and place it on your eyelids for a soothing feeling that helps cool your eyes.


Rose water is also an astringent which reduces redness or inflammation of skin. Swollen inflamed pimples can be reduced by gently dabbing rose water on the affected area. What's more - acne scars can be diminished and gotten rid of by making and applying a mixture of sandalwood, lemon juice and rose water on them.

Rose water benefits
Rose water benefits

As a disinfectant:

Since it has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, rose water can be used as a disinfectant to keep your home or workplace free from bacteria and germs. Use a rose water spritzer which can be made by adding a measureable amount of epsom salt to pure rose water and filling it in a clean and empty spritzer. This mixture can be sprayed on kitchen and bathroom counter tops, shelves, and table tops. Wipe clean with a dry cloth and this will leave a scented and fresh feel. The best part about this is that it is all natural, less expensive and eco-friendly.


Known for its beautiful and unique scent, rose water is accordingly used as an ingredient for shampoos, soaps and air fresheners. Rose water fragrance perfume can be used to keep your body smelling fresh and clean after a bath and prevents bad odors from accumulating due to excessive sweating. One of the eco-friendly benefits of rosewater is it It can also be creatively used to make a room freshener.

Hair Care:

Hair care products and shampoos may use rose water as a key ingredient. It is soothing as well as nourishing to the scalp. Rose water strengthens the root hairs, promotes hair growth and revitalizes the scalp thereby enabling smooth blood flow to the scalp. Keeping the scalp cool and fresh, it also rejuvenates the scalp preventing inflammations. It can be used as a natural hair spray - containing no artificial ingredients, and preventing excessive hair loss. Rose water can act as a wonderful hair conditioner, keeping your hair free from split ends and dry, frizzy hair.

How to Make Rose Water


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    • Heidi L Mair profile image

      Heidi L Mair 

      18 months ago from Seattle

      Thank you for writing about the wonders of rose water. I had not heard of using rosewater with Epson salts to clean counter tops, etc. I will have to try that. I follow Rosalee on Facebook. I enjoyed watching the video to learn a simple way to make rosewater. I wonder if I could use dried rose petals too.

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      Adeniji Ganiyat 

      5 years ago

      Thank u... For this useful from Nigeria

    • SAQIB6608 profile image


      5 years ago from HYDERABAD PAKISTAN

      well written HUB !!

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      5 years ago

      Can you put rose water drops in your itchy eyes?

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      7 years ago

      where do you think I can buy rosewater here in the Philippines? I heard about it from my cousin and it really works for their face... please help.. I'd like to try it too.

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      7 years ago

      Great hub! never knew that the procedure of making rose water is so easy, thanks for the video and helpful guidance. I can presume , my skin is glowing!!

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      Riviera Rose 

      7 years ago from South of France

      Loved this - I've used rosewater as a skin tonic and also in cooking, but I never knew it was good for insect bites or as a disinfectant. My skin reacts badly to mosquito bites so I'll try rosewater from now on - thanks!

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      7 years ago

      In our part rose water drops are put into eyes to wash them. That's very beneficial.

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      Staci Stathos 

      7 years ago from Charleston, SC

      This hub is very helpful to me as I make my own skin and hair care products, as well as lotions. I use only organic and pure ingredients. Thank you for this informative hub.

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      Devika Primić 

      7 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      So interesting about rose water we used to have rose at home all the time and somehow don't have it anymore, don't know why. Now I got to make sure I have it, knowing ho wit can help in so many ways, thanks for this information.

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      7 years ago

      hey..i actually know abiout Bundung as im from Singapore..i never knew it was good for me...i drank it as it was sweet...nice to know.

    • dontaytte profile image


      7 years ago from Palos Hills

      Great hub thanks I'll have to try this out

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      7 years ago

      dt's totally awesome

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      8 years ago

      i wonder how long can the rose water be kept after we made it?? Love your video rehana! :)))

    • Rehana Stormme profile imageAUTHOR

      Rehana Stormme 

      8 years ago

      Thanks Olde Cashmere!

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      Olde Cashmere 

      8 years ago

      Rose Water has so many uses, thank you for going over them with great detail. Beautiful hub, voted up, awesome, and useful :)

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      8 years ago from Bangkok

      I haven't tried rose water or rose tea for that matter. I've had other flower teas though like chrysanthemum and jasmine.

      Nice hub. I learned something new. Thanks!

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      8 years ago

      I recently purchased 'Moroccan Rose Water' from Shea Terra Organics. Do you know if this brand contains chemicals? I bought it on Amazon. Since it is factory made, is it harmful using it as eye drops?

    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 

      8 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      I love rose water. It smells so good. I sometimes use essential oil of rose for my champisage. It is very calming and very relaxing at the same time. Voted up and very informative. Thanks for sharing.

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      8 years ago from India,mumbai

      Rose water for hair care. Had never heard of it.Thanks for sharing .Informative hub. Have always used rosewater to soothe my tired eyes. It is very relaxing.Also used as a toner. When applied with sandalwood feels very refreshing and cool.Voted up

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      8 years ago

      its good

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      Anoop Aravind A 

      8 years ago from Nilambur, Kerala, India

      Good hub, informative.Now I understood the benefits of rose water.Actually I am using it to clan my face.

    • ShaamCA profile image


      8 years ago from India

      I always prefer rose water once i return from office which gives cooling for our face.

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      8 years ago from New Delhi

      Good one. I always use rose water in my day today life. Its really give cool sensation after a long burn day in a work. Thank you for sharing. Cheers!

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      8 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Rehana, this is a wonderful and very informative hub. Thank you so much for writing this and for the video.

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      Peter Geekie 

      8 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Rose Water together with other essential waters are much under rated and have a place every bit as important as essential oils.

      Always pleased to read well written hubs such as this.

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      8 years ago from Cumbum

      Very interesting to read! You have given here all the valuable information about rose water. But, it would be difficult to get original rose water in the market. Thank you so much Rehana Stormme for presenting this great informative Hub on Rose Water.

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      8 years ago from Fargo, North Dakota

      Quite interesting. I would like to try this.

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      8 years ago from Monroe, North Carolina

      Wow, did not know about rose water, very interesting hub.Thanks for passing this information along.

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      8 years ago

      Readers should know that there is a special variety of rose flowers for this uses, not the regular roses we buy from the flower shop.

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      Jakob Barry 

      8 years ago

      Great hub! I love Persian food but didn't know part of the flavor in the rice was rosewater. I also didn't know it was useful for taming mosquito bites. Thanks for all the insightful tidbits.

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      Rachel Vega 

      8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Lovely! I've always wanted to try this. Thanks for sharing. Voted up!

    • Rehana Stormme profile imageAUTHOR

      Rehana Stormme 

      8 years ago

      @ Carolinemd21 - Hello and welcome to the hub above! It's a pleasure having you read and comment. Thanks for the vote up and I'm happy this was of help to you.

    • Rehana Stormme profile imageAUTHOR

      Rehana Stormme 

      8 years ago

      @ Somethgblue - Hi, sorry for the late reply! It's always a pleasure hearing from you. I wouldn't buy roses from a flower shop or supermarket because I'm 100% sure they'd have pesticides in them, unless it's explicitly stated that they are organic and pesticide-free. I get my rose water from a herbal store but even then I only use it for cosmetic purposes because I have a feeling it has preservatives too. I grow organic roses in my backyard and I'm soon going to try making my own rose water. Thanks for the compliments!

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      Caroline Marie 

      8 years ago

      Great hub. Thanks for sharing all this information on rose water. I have always been into aromatherapy. Voted up!

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      8 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      Ok the only question I have and yes I watched the video and it didn't answer this question . . . is can you use roses bought at a store or supermarket?

      Why I ask this is because, I'm wondering if those kinds of roses have chemicals or are grown in a way that may taint the rose water when made?

      Of course you can wash them before hand but if they are grown un-organically will this affect the rose oil or water negatively?

      Anyway very enlightening article, and well written!

    • Rehana Stormme profile imageAUTHOR

      Rehana Stormme 

      8 years ago

      Hi Etherealenigma, welcome to the hub above! I'm glad it was timely and of use to you. Aromatherapy is a great field of study and profitable too, once you establish yourself. Congratulations on your license, and wish you all the best!

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      Sandra M Urquhart 

      8 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      Wow! Great hub. I did not know all this about rose water. I'm actually very interested in studying aromatherapy, seeing as how I'm a newly nationally licensed massage therapist. This an area of serious interest so I really appreciate your hub!


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