Roses and rosehips have long been associated with beauty. The petals are used in Ayurvedic and herbal medicine, essential oils in aromatherapy and rosehip is an excellent source of vitamin C.
Rose essential oil has antibacterial, anti fungal and antiviral properties and is commonly added to cleansers and moisturisers.
Rose water is used as a toner and is known to help irritated skin, redness and acne. Rosewater has so many health and beauty benefits. We buy rosewater for ease but you can use the petals and steep over a low heat, strain and pour into a mason jar. Decant into a little spritzer bottle and use as a toner. It's inexpensive, lasts for a good few weeks, especially if you keep it in the fridge. Rosewater helps to maintain the skin's ph balance, can control excess oil, has anti inflammatory properties and is particularly calming for irritated skin. This tonic is especially beneficial for acne, dermatitis and eczema. Rosewater is fast becoming the new health drink on the scene too; giving coconut and birch water a run for their money. This nutritious blend, traditionally used in the Middle East to add flavour, is rich in flavonoids, antioxidants and vitamins and was apparently also Leonardo Da Vinci's tipple of choice. Rosewater is widely available to buy from all good supermarkets and health food shops.
Rosehip oil is a true elixir for the skin, due to its potent antioxidant, vitamin C levels and essential fatty acids. This oil is moisturising, healing and hydrating and is a wonderfully nourishing skin treatment.
We absolutely love Neal's Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm. This cult favourite promises to give you a glowing, radiant complexion. It's a multi purpose beauty must have and can be used as a cleanser, moisturising night time skin treatment and lip balm. A truly lovely product.