Latin name: Rosa damascena
Plant family: Rosaceae
A small and prickly shrub between 1 metre and 2 metres high. It has pink very fragrant flowers with thirty-six petals and white-like hairy leaves. Believed to be native of the Orient but is now cultivated in Turkey and France. Similar types are grown in China, India and Russia however, India produces only rosewater - a mixture of RoseOtto and Sandalwood.
Hydrolats, aromatic waters produced by steam distillation of botanical materials during the production of essential oils. Hydrolats are gentle and effective, containing only the most water-soluble chemicals from the plant material, also microscopic drops of the essential oils.
Calming & gentle on the skin, helpful for menopause; combats PMS, cramps, moods; good for mature, dry, sensitive and devitalised skins; good in masks, steam, compress; exquisite cologne; highly erotic; promotes emotional balance for male and female energies; helps to remove mental blocks.
Skin Treatments Use hydrolats as cleansers, toners, to make masks and for facial spritzers. Either use 50/50 with purified water or undiluted.
Room Refreshers Spray liberally around pets, cooking areas, bedrooms and other areas of your environment. Particularly useful in the office to help prevent the spread of disease.
Mouthwash and Gargle Dilute 1:10 for children and 1:4 for adults for gargles and mouthwashes to help strengthen gums, freshen breath, relieve sore throats, ulcers, thrush and toothache.
Health Drink To help promote a healthy, balanced body, dilute 200mls of hydrolat into 1 litre of water and drink throughout the day.
Baths Add up to 100mls to an adult bath and 50mls to a child’s bath. Hydrolats can also be used in sitz baths.
Compress Soak a cloth in hydrosol and compress to the area being treated. For a hot compress use a cold cloth and for hot, use a hot cloth. Wrap up the area with plastic film and leave for 30 minutes.