The Rose, Gentle Cosmetician—Facial Water for a Rosy Complexion

July 28, 2008 Updated: October 1, 2015
Beholding this noble plant conveys the meaning of beauty. (Josef Jelcik/The Epoch Times)
Beholding this noble plant conveys the meaning of beauty. (Josef Jelcik/The Epoch Times)

Roses help protect and soften the skin and restore bodily harmony. The best skin products contain the costly, almost prohibitively expensive, naturally pure rose oil. However, you and your friends can create your own high-quality cosmetic products. Blossom vinegar restores the skin's pH balance.  How would rose vinegar you’re your skin? It would even out your skin tone and benefit your complexion. You could also make a loosely stuffed "sleep pillow", particularly suited to place on the eyes, or make it into a sleep mask.

Each individual needs a different stuffing for these items. A generally well- liked combination consists of rose petals, calendula and Dinkel, [a spelt grain plant variety, in German also called "Gruenkern"]. Men prefer the addition of Mannstreu (botanical name eryngium), a thistle-like plant.

To create stuffing for a calming sleep pillow, hop blossoms could be added; they are sleep-inducing and relaxing. But you might want to smell these first—some people might be sensitive to the strong odor. Another good additive to a sleep pillow are dried lavender blossoms that have the same attributes, and its fragrance is better tolerated. When using a pillow stuffed with Dinkel, it is advisable to knead it with the fingers a few times to release the natural oils and even heat it briefly in the microwave oven. One can fashion a simple pillow cover from a strong fabric and enjoy rosy dreams while sleeping, all due to the rose's natural oils.

Rough and dry winter skin responds well to a rub with rose oil, particularly mature skin. Mix a drop of natural rose oil with a bit of aloe vera gel or juice and massage it carefully and patiently into the skin. Aloe vera heals small nicks and cuts, while the rose oil deeply nourishes the skin.

Rose Vinegar Recipe

Place a generous handful of pure, organic rose petals into a non-corrosive bottle of one quart of warmed white vinegar. Cap the container and place it in a dark spot, at room temperature. Shake the bottle/jar daily, for two weeks. Then remove the petals, press them gently return the pressed fluid to the vinegar and discard the petals. Strain the vinegar into a clean, dry, non-corrosive container and store in a cool, dry place. Use as a skin astringent – even better if mixed with a bit of rose water – after the bath or shower. Rinsing the freshly shampooed hair with this solution is particularly good for the scalp and hair. This solution does not contain silicone, like many commercial hair rinses, and thus does not contribute to a potential dandruff problem. If dandruff is already present, regular rose vinegar rinses make the problem disappear.

Skin blemishes and oily skin profit internally and externally from a blood-cleansing rose petal tea. Another option is to dab the washed skin with this tea.

(One can make a stronger tisane from dandelion and nettle plants that are steeped for two weeks in the spring. They make the hair and skin glow)!