Rose Water Through Time
How Ancient is the Rose?
- – Roses are seen in numerous fossil beds estimated to be 25 million years old.
- – The first mention of the rose is on Mesopotamian clay tablets which date 5000 years old.
- – A picture of a rose appears in frescoes of a Knossian palace at Crete, built in 1600 B.C.
- – The oldest Egyptian hieroglyph related to the rose dates back to 1400 B.C.
Rose Water in the Cradle of Civilization
- – Cleopatra bathed her face and body with pure Rose Water to care for her skin.
- – The Greeks and Romans bathed in rose water for its antiseptic and antibacterial properties.
- – The Romans embraced the healing powers of the pure Rose Water for more than 30 ailments.
The Rose has Ancient Mystique
The Greek historian Herodotus wrote of the roses of King Midas, after the poet Sappho had named it “the queen of flowers”. From Confucius (of China) to Yusuf Khas Hajib (of Turkey), great ancient authors have written of its uses during their time. The rose has appeared at the center of religious and spiritual rituals in most traditions, from the esoteric to the mainstream–from the Gnostic and the Sufi, to the Muslim, Hindu and Christian traditions.
In Europe, the rose became the preferred treatment for depression during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. And, when the Crusaders brought rose saplings from the Middle East (13th century), rose gardens began to appear. The rose is found in medical textbooks by Ottoman physicians since the 14th century, referencing “ten golden benefits”. The tenth benefit is the fragrance of rose water, said to strengthen spiritual & emotional bodies, empower the brain & mind, augment the body’s life force, regulate rapid heart beats caused by anxiety, relieve headaches, alleviate nausea, and more.
What is it exactly?
The same method for mass production of rose water that is used today was refined by Persian chemist Avicenna in the medieval Islamic times. Rose Water is a Hydrosol, which is produced from steam-distilling organic plant materials. This process causes the glands of the plant to release their essence. The oil from the plant then rises through a condenser and collects in a separate vessel, leaving a fragrant water filled with goodness in a form that is mild to the skin.
The appreciation for the benefits of rose water as a treasured skin tonic continues on through the ages.
Quality Rose Water is known to:
-Lift excess oil from the skin
-Unblock and tighten pores
-Soften and replenish moisture
-Balance skin’s pH level
-Soothe irritated skin
-Reduce redness and even skin tone
-Add shine to hair