Rose water has gained some attention and popularity for its benefits to skin and subtle, fresh, and pleasant fragrance. Sometimes used as a facial toner, rose water works great as a skin product because of its ability to moisturize. That said, using rose water for its ‘healing’ properties isn’t all that new: Romans used to bathe in the stuff!
With its popularity for use on skin, it’s not all too surprising that individuals have begun using it for their locs and hair as well. Beliefs surrounding the use of rose water have a wide range of positive benefits, including hair growth and a myriad of other benefits. We’ve put together this guide of some of the benefits of using rose water for your locs. We also cover how you can use it and how you can even make your own.
But firstly, what is rose water? How is it made? And does it have any other uses besides dreadlock grooming and maintenance?
Rose Water 101
Before applying rose water to your dreadlocks, we think you should at least learn more about its origins and other uses.
Rose water is also known as "Rosa Damascena" or "Damask Rose."
Some of the earliest documented records of ancient rose water recipes date back to the Arab Empire in the 8th century B.C.E. Other experts believe that rose water may have been conceptualized later in the 9th or 10th centuries by Middle Eastern or Persian scientists of the era.
Rose water was probably created in ancient 10th century Persia, now modern-day Iran, by a Persian scientist named Avicenna. Avicenna also went by the name Ibn-Sina.
Several methods can be employed to create rose water, but the most popular commercial method is to use the distillation process.
Distillation is the process of separating substances or vital components of a liquid mixture via the strategic employment of selective boiling and evaporation techniques followed by the collection of accumulated condensation.
In simpler terms, distillation is the process of purifying a liquid mixture, like rose essences steeped in water, via strategic heating and cooling techniques.
In this process, rose petals are collected, placed in water, and then slowly simmered. The simmering heated water will slowly extract the essence, oils, and aromatics from the rose petals and then steep them in the surrounding water.
As the rose water slowly boils and converts into steam, the pure essence and oils within the rose water are purified and made more potent as the vapor condenses and is collected.
The aromatics, essence, and oils collected in rose water via distillation and final condensation make the end product extremely potent. Distilled rose water will last a long time if stored in airtight containers directly after the process.
You can also buy dried rose petals and add them to warm water. Or you can buy rose oil extracts and then add them to clean distilled water. However, using such methods to create rose water will yield a much less potent product.
As we will go into much further detail later, rose water offers numerous benefits when applied to dreadlocks. But rose water also has numerous medicinal, rejuvenating, cosmetic, and even nutritional benefits for those who use it.
(NOTE: Only use rose water hair grooming products on your hair.)
Medicine for Sore Throats
Some scientific research suggests that sipping warm rose water may soothe sore throats.
While this research is inconclusive, there is no evidence of any side effects from sipping rose water either.
Rose water has numerous scientifically anti-inflammatory properties.
There is medical evidence that the anti-inflammatory properties of rose water can ease the outbreaks of rosacea and eczema.
Scientific studies have shown that rose water contains significant antibacterial qualities.
Rose water can treat itchy and inflamed skin rashes, conjunctivitis, minor burns, scars, and other medical ailments.
There is even medical evidence that the application of rose water to wounds can help them to heal faster.
Rose water is full of antioxidants, which are known to slow down the aging process and stall the development of numerous diseases.
Drinking rose water-infused tea can also help to soothe digestion problems.
If using rose water topically or as a drink can bestow so many health benefits, what are the benefits of applying it to your dreadlocks?
Benefits of Using Rose Water for Your Locs
Whether you’re looking to promote hair growth or looking to provide your hair with essential nutrients, the benefits of using rose water are far-reaching. Some of the more specific benefits include:
Mixing Rose Water with Essential Oils
Some individuals like to add essential oils to their rose water mixes to add extra nutrients, scents, and essences to their locs. Some of the most popular of these variations include mixing rose water with coconut oil or peppermint oil.
Coconut oil is another great way that individuals can manage scalp dandruff and promote hair growth. Coconut oil also helps to fight against the presence of lice or other insects. Additionally, coconut oil can add a nice shine to your locs, prevent the breakage and loss of hair, and prevent split ends. All you have to do is add 5-8 drops into your rosewater solution (we’ll explain how to make a solution soon!)
Adding peppermint is an excellent addition for individuals who work out or work up a sweat frequently. This is because peppermint oil is a natural antiseptic and antimicrobial. Users should note that peppermint oil has the potential to irritate your scalp if used in its natural form. To properly mix and use, users should add 3-5 drops into their rose water solution bottle.
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Making Your Own Rose Water Solution
The great thing about using rose water for your locs is that you can make it right at home. That said, individuals who aren’t interested can also purchase rose water from the store or online. If you’re on a budget, consider making it yourself!
- 1 cup fresh rose petals
- 2 cups distilled water
- Alcohol or Glycerin (optional)
Make sure your rose petals are off the stem of the plant. The easiest way is to simply pull the rose bulb from the stem, which will result in the petals falling off. Thoroughly wash and rinse the petals to ensure the presence of any unnatural products or materials is removed.
Place your rose petals into a saucepan with water. It’s important to be careful of the proportion of water you put to rose petals, as this can be a way for the solution to become over diluted. If you’d like, at this point in the process you can add the alcohol or glycerin. This will help to preserve the solution so that you’re able to use it for longer.
After your mixture is created, you can cover the saucepan and put it on light heat. While you’re putting the heat on, you don’t want the mixture to simmer or boil. Keep the mixture on heat for about 20 minutes. Around this point, you’ll notice that your water has taken on the color of the petals.
Pour your mixture into a mason jar or spray bottle, where it can be refrigerated and stored until use. Be sure to use a strainer when you pour your mixture so that the petals don’t end up in your end jar/bottle. The rose water should last you about a week.
If all you have is dried rose petals, you can still make a great rose water solution. Simply put your rose petals into a mason jar and pour hot water over them. After covering and waiting to cool, you can strain the mixture and transfer it to another container. Just like that, you’ll have your own rose water.
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