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You have probably heard about the benefits of rose hydrolat. And as we are in the midst of the blooming roses, you may be tempted to make your own rose hydrolat. So let’s test one of the many recipes of hydrolat that we find online. This recipe is one of the easiest – it requires only 10 to 15 minutes of preparation.
You may have noticed that I titled this article homemade “Rose Water” and not homemade Rose Hydrolat. Rose hydrolat in its strictest sense is achieved by distillation using an alembic.
Distillation is the process of separating a mixture of liquid substances whose boiling temperatures are different. It makes it possible to separate the constituents of a homogeneous mixture. Under the effect of heat or low pressure, the substances vaporize successively, and the resulting vapor is liquefied to give the distillate. The distillate will therefore contain substances rich in virtues.
There are methods to try and reproduice distillation at home. However, they require some material and… patience (not something we have when we are busy taking care of kids or working full time. Before testing an elaborate recipe, I decided to try a much simpler one, which involves infusing the roses. Since the process is totally different from distillation, the solution obtained can not be called a hydrolate.
Although the benefits of the rose water obtained by this recipe are lower than the hydrolate obtained in the laboratory, this rose water captures some of the interesting molecules contained in the rose petals. The benefits of these are therefore similar to the hydrolat but in a less concentrated manner. We will focus here on the benefits of rosewater for the skin and hair.
Applied daily, it helps tone and revitalize the skin, moisturize and smooth the skin. It also helps soothe the skin against stress and anxiety. Finally, it is renowned for its antioxidant properties: it helps strengthen skin cells and regenerate tissues. The vitamins C it contains help slow the aging of the skin while blurring wrinkles and fine lines. These are the reasons why it is regularly found among / in anti-aging cosmetic solutions.
Rose water is also excellent for the hair. It helps, for example, to treat inflammation of the scalp and dandruff caused by fungal infections.
As previously mentioned, this rose water does not replace the rose hydrolat. My recommendation would be rather to use this rose water in addition to the hydrolat. For example, it is more advisable to use the hydrolat in your cosmetic recipes – unless the care you are making will be used right after its preparation and it is not intended to be kept for several months. The hydrolat is much better preserved.
If you have roses in your garden, it would be a shame not to enjoy their benefits. This recipe costs almost nothing and even if the active molecules are less concentrated, it’s still a won! If you have never used rose hydrolat, then this rose water can only be a bonus!
The advantage of this recipe is its simplicity in the realisation.
This rose water can be used in several ways:
If you too have tested this method to do your DIY rose water, do not hesitate to share your opinion.