ade by steeping petals of roses in water rose water is used for culinary and medicinal purposes as well as a perfume. As it has a unique flavor it is used as an ingredient in many cuisines including sweets; as an additive to cookies, teas, ice creams, juices and milk; and as a halal alternative for alcohols and wine in cooking. It is also a popular ingredient in cosmetics like face wash, toners and cold creams. Even in religious ceremonies rose water is used. 
- Health benefits of rose water
- Making rosewater
- Tips to use it for skin care
- Do it yourself rosewater and lavender toner
- Do it yourself rose water and aloe vera gel toner for dry skin
- Do it yourself lemon juice and rose water toner
- Do it yourself rosewater, oatmeal, milk and honey face mask for sensitive skin
- Do it yourself rosewater based soap
- Do it yourself fresh rose petal and rose water mask
Health benefits of rose water
The following are the various health benefits of Rosewater
1. Skin benefits
The antioxidants present in rose water protect the cells of the skin from damage induced by environmental factors like pollutants, sun rays and various chemicals .
By virtue of its anti-inflammatory properties, rose water helps in soothing of irritation resulting from skin conditions like rosacea and eczema.
Anti ageing properties
By inhibiting the action of enzymes collagenase and elastase, rose water brings down wrinkles and fine lines and thereby serves as an anti-aging agent. It also soothes the skin and keeps redness at bay.
Cuts, scars and burn healer
As rose water has bactericidal and antiseptic properties it may help keep your wounds clean and free from infection thereby helping them heal fast.
2. Beneficial for sore throat
A study revealed that rose water can act as a muscle relaxant for our throat. By virtue of its anti-inflammatory and soothing effects, it can help with easing a sore throat.
3. Good for our mental health
Inhalation of vapors of rose water may help elevate your mood and help your mind relax. It has anxiolytic and antidepressant properties, it can even work as a sleep inducer. It is said to be having similar effects like that of the medicine diazepam. Alzheimer’s, dementia, stress, depression, tension and grief are some of the mental health issues for which rose water can be used. It is said to inhibit the protein fragment, amyloid, which is synthesized by our body and negatively affects functioning of our brain. You can even take rose water orally. Used in aromatherapy, rose water may help ease migraine and headache. You can even take some amount of it in a cloth and place it on your forehead to reap the benefits.
4. Digestive benefits
Oral consumption of rose water may help improve flow of bile and thereby curb symptoms of bloating, stomach upset and other digestive issues. It may also help ease constipation by acting as a laxative.
5. Could be beneficial for our eyes
It can be used as an eye drop to ease eye conditions like dry eye, conjunctivitis, acute dacryocystitis, cataracts etc .
You can use the following four ways to make rosewater 
1. Using dried rose flower petals to make rose water
A quarter cup of dried rose petals, 1 1/4 cup of hot distilled or filtered water, a strainer and two glass jars.
First, put the dried petals in a jar and then pour hot water over it. Place the lid and let the water cool. Now, place a strainer on the empty jar and filter the contents of the first jar. The petals will get caught in the strainer and your rose water will get collected in the new jar. Throw away the petals, tighten the lid of the jar and store in refrigerator. Make sure you use it within seven days. If you plan to use this water for cooking purposes, then you have to use dried petals of edible roses like Rosa Centifolia, Rosa damascena and Rosa Gallica.
2. Using crushed petals to make rose water
Five hundred grams of rose petals and distilled or filtered water.
Make two pile of the petals and crush one pile using a mortar and pestle. Alternatively, place the petals in a strainer kept over a jar and scrub it on the mesh with a spoon. Both the process will release some juice that will be used for making the rosewater. Now, place the mashed petals and the rose water in a glass or ceramic bowl. Let it stand for some time so that the saturation of the liquid increases. Now add the remaining petals and stir it with crushed petals, cover it and leave it as is for a day. Now transfer the content in a ceramic or glass saucepan and simmer on low heat. As bubbles appear remove from the stove. Pass it through a strainer into a glass jar and seal it. Keep the extracted rose water under the sun for few hours. This will help to extract out the beneficial rose oil. For using the rosewater as a toner, you can dilute it using distilled water. Store in refrigerator and use it within a week.
3. Using fresh petals to make rose water
A cup full of rose petals which you will get from two roses
two cups of distilled water and a teaspoon of vodka if you want.
In a saucepan take the petals and pour water. The petals should be well distributed in the pan and the amount of the water should not be too much otherwise it will make the end product less fragrant. If you want, you can add a teaspoon of vodka as it would help increase the shelf life of your rose water without affecting its normal fragrance. Cover the lid and keep it on low flame for twenty minutes. By now the petals will become pale and the water will take the color of your rose. Now strain it into a glass jar. You can store it in a fridge and use within a week. In case you have added vodka it can be kept longer.
4. Using rose essential oil to make rose water
A cup full of distilled water, twelve drops of rose essential oil, a glass jar and a spray bottle.
Take water in the jar and add the essential oil. You can dilute the oil in vodka before adding as it inhibits it from floating on water. Your essential oil should be pure otherwise you would not be able to reap the benefits of rose and its essential oil. Close the lid tightly and shake till the contents mix up. You can transfer it to a spray bottle.
Tips to use it for skin care
1. Facial Toner
You can use pure rose water as a facial toner. This is especially beneficial during humid as well warm weather as it plays a role in pacification of factors that control our skin’s biochemical aspects. You can even prepare a rose water-based toner by combining two third cup of witch hazel, three quarter cup of rose water and six drops of glycerine. You can use it prior to going to sleep, before sun exposure, pre and post facial .
2. Healing of sunburn
For using rose water for this purpose you need to combine two tablespoons each of witch hazel, glycerin, olive oil and rose water. Cool it in a refrigerator and apply on your sunburnt skin. (NOT MENTIONED IN THE REF THAT IT IS FOR SUNBURN)
3. For easing irritation and fatigue of eyes and eyelids
Place two cotton balls soaked in rose water on your closed eyes, lie down and relax for fifteen minutes.
4. Good for dry skin
You can add four tablespoons of rosewater and a cup of almond oil to your bathtub and soak yourself in it. You can even use a combination of rose water and little milk. Milk will help soften your skin and rose water freshens and cools the body.
5. Lip and cheek stain
You can combine equal parts of rose water with glycerin, juice of beetroot and witch hazel and use it for lip and cheek stain. 
6. Removal of eye makeup
You can use rose water for removing eye makeup by combining three tablespoons of it with two tablespoons of glycerine and one tablespoon of olive or sesame oil. Mix these together and take it in a cotton ball or tissue to wipe off your eye makeup. 
7. As a facial and overall skin refresher
You can just spray rosewater on your face many times a day to refresh yourself. It not only will help balance your epidermal pH but also its soothing fragrance revitalizes you. 
8. Using for acne
You need to combine one part of rose water with two parts of sandalwood water and apply on your face. After it dries up, rinse it and pat your face dry. Rosewater has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties which help mitigate acne. Scars and wounds resulting from acne are also taken care by rose water. A combination of lemon juice and rose water in equal parts can also be used for the purpose. In case lemon juice, doesn’t suit your skin you can try a combination of honey, cucumber juice and rose water for acne.
9. For facial makeup removal
Combine equal quantities of rose water and coconut oil, apply on your face with a cotton ball or finger. Rub it gently to remove the makeup. 
10. Using rosewater for exfoliation
You can prepare an all natural rose water-based exfoliator by combining two teaspoons each of oatmeal and ground almonds with just enough rose water. For exfoliation, massage it on your face and neck in circular motion. Then wash it off. 
Do it yourself rosewater and lavender toner
5-10 drops each of rosehip oil,
5 drops of tea tree oil and 5 drops of lavender oil
four tablespoons of rose water
one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
and two tablespoons of witch hazel
In a small bowl put all the ingredients and mix well using a spoon or a whisk. Now pour it in a spray bottle and use it.
Directions for use
Clean your face first and then with your eyes closed spray the toner all over your face. You can now apply your moisturizer as well.
Do it yourself rose water and aloe vera gel toner for dry skin
Half a cup each of water and witch hazel
four tablespoons each of rose water,
aloe vera gel and glycerin.
Take a glass jar and pour all the ingredients. You need to shift it to a dark glass bottle. When stored in a cool and dark place it can be kept for eight to nine months. 
Do it yourself lemon juice and rosewater toner
Do it yourself rosewater, oatmeal, milk and honey face mask for sensitive skin
Two tablespoons each of distilled water and lemon juice that has been freshly squeezed
three tablespoons of rose water
two drops of rose geranium oil and two teaspoons of witch hazel extract.
Pour everything in a dark colored glass bottle and shake well to mix. You need to use it within one to two weeks.
Do it yourself rosewater, oatmeal, milk and honey face mask for sensitive skin:  You need to take two tablespoons each of all the ingredients and combine it to form a paste. It should not be too runny.
Leave it for ten to twenty minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water.
Do it yourself rosewater and almond face mask for dry skin
Two tablespoons each of rose water and ground almonds.
Take the ingredients in a bowl and mix them. You can even add honey to it. Apply on your face and keep it for ten to 10-15 minutes and then wash it off.
Do it yourself rosewater based soap
Four oz. of a soap, twenty drops of chamomile essential oil and one teaspoon or five ml. of rosewater.
First, you need to melt the soap using a double boiler. Then remove it from fire and add chamomile essential oil and rose water. Pour the mix in a soap mold and when cool and set, remove it and use it.
Do it yourself fresh rose petal and rose water mask
One tablespoon each of honey and yogurt; some fresh rose petals and two tablespoons of rose water.
You need to grind the rose petals first and then add the rest of the ingredients into it. The paste should be smooth. Apply it and let it be for at least twenty minutes. Wash off using cold water.