Rose water is great all year, but it's especially awesome to have on hand in the summer. It's recognized by the Ayurvedic tradition to have cooling properties. It's also anti-inflammatory and a mild anti-depressant. This makes it great for cooling you down when you're hot and angry and useful for treating sunburned and mosquito bitten skin.
You could buy rose water, but why not make your own for a fraction of the cost?
- spring, distilled, or filtered water
- organic dried rose petals (available at Mountain Rose Herbs)
- mist spray bottle
- Rose water is basically a strong tea made from roses. Make rose water by pouring boiling water over rose petals. Approximately 1 and 1/2 heaping tablespoons for every 8oz of water should be enough. Cover and allow to steep at room temperature overnight.
- Strain rose water into another glass or jar. Squeeze petals to get every bit of rosey goodness. (See detailed tutorial with pics in my blog post: How to Make & Use Rose Water.)
- Use a funnel to pour the rose water into a mist spray bottle.Happy misting!
- You can also add a little rose water to lemonade or sparkling water for internal benefits. Just make sure it's fresh!
- Store in the refrigerator for up to a week. We don't want it to get moldy and gross. You can add grapefruit seed extract as a "natural" preservative, but there is controversy about some brands possibly containing parabens.
Do you have any other natural tricks or treats for staying cool in the summer? Leave a comment.
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