DIY: Rosewater and Aloe Mist

I first made a rosewater spray a few years ago when I received a dozen roses. The flowers were so pretty and I didn’t want to wait for them to start dying and throw them out. I remember seeing rosewater being sold at a local Indian Grocery Store so I figured I should be able to make my own. Rosewater has so many benefits. It can be used as a toner after you wash your face, setting spray for your makeup, or you can spray it on your face throughout the day as a refresher. It can also be used in your hair or poured into a bath.

Although rosewater has many benefits on its own, I wanted to add a couple of things for an extra boost.

 Vitamin E Oil

To me, Vitamin E is the Holy Grail of oils. It is so versatile and can be used from hair to toe. It aids in lightening scars (acne, hyper pigmentation, stretch marks), moisturizes the skin (add it to your face creams, body oils, and body butters). You can also add it to your conditioner for a hair mask treatment as it helps with dryness and scalp circulation (which promotes hair growth).

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera treats rashes, burns, skin inflammation ( I have literally rubbed an aloe vera leaf all over my face), moisturizes the hair and scalp (add it to that hair mask), and internally it can help with congestion and constipation (keep it moving).

To make your own Rosewater

Fresh petals ( I used three stems) 

Distilled Water (Enough to cover your petals. I used about 3 cups)

Place the pot of water on medium-high and bring to a boil. Remove the petals from the stem and run them under water for a quick rinse. Add the petals to the boiling water, cover and remove from the heat. Let the petal seep in the water for 20-30 minutes. Strain the liquid and store it in a jar. Discard the petals (or throw them in your compost bin!).

Cutting an Aloe Vera Leaf

-Remove a leaf from the plant and rinse it to remove residue.

-With a sharp knife, cut off the bottom and the tip.

-Remove the sides of the leaf (that contains the thorns)

-Lay the leaf flat and remove the top as if you are filleting a fish

-Use a spoon to remove the pulp

Rosewater Mist (this recipe was used in a 50mL bottle. Adjust according to your bottle size).

Ingredients

1 Amber Glass Spray Bottle (darker glass filters light from entering the bottle and helps retain freshness)

Rosewater

1 Tsp Witch Hazel

Aloe Vera Gel

1-2 capsules or 1/2 Tsp Vitamin E oil

Directions

Add the Vitamin E to the aloe vera gel. Thoroughly mix both ingredients together. Using a funnel, transfer the rosewater to the bottle and fill it halfway. Next, add the witch hazel, aloe vera and Vitamin E mix. Shake thoroughly. You can add more rosewater if needed. Place it in your purse or leave it in the fridge.

Shanika

Living in Columbia, South Carolina and using this blog as my space to share a little insight into my life in what I’m making on the sewing machine, knitting needles, crochet hooks, in the kitchen, and elsewhere.

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