One of the most treasured flowers are roses, they are so treasured that it spurs annual competitions to see who can produce the perfect rose. To me, a rose is a rose, the only difference is in the color and the intensity of their fragrance. My grandmother was one of those people who treasured her roses, so it only makes sense, being the frugal women that she was, she would have a list of household tips for using them.
Always consult a doctor before using roses as a treatment.
- Headaches – to relieve, apply rosewater (see recipe below) to forehead, temples
and around the eyes.
- Inflammation – to reduce, apply rosewater(see recipe below) to the affected
- Irritated Eyes – to relieve, place 2-3 drops of rosewater (see recipe below) in
- Itchy Scalp – to control, after shampooing rinse hair with
diluted rosewater(see recipe below).
- Acne – to control, use a rosewater toner. Make your own by mixing
together 1 ¼ cup rosewater (see recipe below) and ¾ cup witch hazel. Store in a dark colored jar.
Use daily by applying to your face with a cotton ball.
- Blackheads – to lighten, mix 2 parts rosewater(see recipe below) with 1 part lemon juice. Apply to skin twice a week.
- Hair Loss – to minimize, apply diluted rosewater (see recipe below) to hair
- Hand Lotion – make your own, by gradually adding 5 ounces
rosewater (see recipe below) to 3 ½ ounces glycerine. Whisk in a drop of pink food coloring and
pour into a covered container.
- Makeup Remover – pour a little rosewater (see recipe below) on a cotton ball
and gently wipe away your makeup.
- Oily Skin – to control, apply rosewater (see recipe below) to the skin.
- Perfume – make you own, by soaking about 40 fragrant rose
petals in 8 ounces of water. Strain and reserve the liquid. Mash the rose petals
using a mortar and pestle. Return the mashed petals to the reserved water,
strain and again mash the petals. Repeat this until the water is a deep rich
- Setting Spray – spritz a little rosewater (see recipe below) on your face after
- Skin – to soften, use a rosewater toner. Make your own by
adding a few drops of vodka to 8 ounces of rosewater(see recipe below). Refrigerate and use after
washing your face.
- Skin – to tighten, use a rosewater toner. Make your own by
adding a few drops of vodka to 8 ounces of rosewater (see recipe below). Refrigerate and use after
washing your face.
- Garden – to deter critters, prune roses and place the
prunings around your garden.
- Rose Tea – to make your own, place clean and dried rose
petals in a saucepan, add 3 cups of water, and bring to a boil. Lower the heat
and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Strain and add a little honey.
- Rose Vinegar – make your own, by placing one part clean rose
petals in a jar and filling with 4 parts vinegar. Place the jar in a sunny
place for a few weeks and then use the flavored vinegar in dressings, on a rag
to relieve headaches or as a air freshener.
- Rosewater – make your own, by placing fresh rose petals in
a saucepan and covering them with 4 cups of rainwater. Boil for 15 minutes, then cool and strain. Keep
refrigerated. Rosewater is great to use in your cooking. I like to add
rosewater to my strawberries and oranges.
Do you have any household tips for using roses?
* If, by some small miracle, you worked at Amway in Ada, MI in the 1980’s and were the person my mother loaned the notebook to, please Contact Me. The notebook is a small (aprox. 6″x9″) black leather, 3-ring binder, and contains hand drawn patterns (teddy bear), recipes and household tips and tricks. It would mean so much to my family to have it back.