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It is cultivated all across the world and used for religious ceremonies, fragrance, flavor, and even medicine. Rose water, or the “hydrosol” of the rose, is made by crushing and distilling Damask rose petals to produce essential oil.

History of Rose Water
History credits the discovery and refinement of rose water to a 10th Century Persian scientist by the name of Avicenna. The Crusades brought rose water to Europe’s attention and made it a profitable source of trade for the Persians.

In the Middle Ages, rose water was used to clean one’s hands before eating, and physicians prescribed it to prevent fainting, strengthen organs, and protect the heart.

Traditional Uses of Rosa Damascena
Rose water has traditionally been used to relieve occasional indigestion and constipation, ease menstrual bleeding, and reduce redness and swelling. Rose water also fights harmful organisms and can help ease coughing and throat irritation. 

In aromatherapy, rose water helps to soothe headaches and calm the nerves. In one study, researchers found that rose oil (rose water usually contains 10-50% distilled rose oil) encouraged normal blood pressure and promoted relaxed breathing. The participants who received the rose oil described the effect as calming and relaxing. 

Many food recipes from China, India, and the Middle East use rose water. It adds a pleasant flavor to syrups and jellies and can even be sprinkled over rice, puddings, and cakes. 

Other types of rose are under evaluation to determine if they offer similar benefits. Polish scientists found that oil from Rosa rugosa helps reduce skin and eye irritation.

Benefits of Rose Water For Your Skin
Rose water is great for toning and hydrating the skin. It is safe and effective for all skin types and helps balance natural oil production. Rose water encourages circulation and encourages a clear, bright complexion.

Organic rose water, made from organic rose petals of Rosa damascene from India, is actually part of the formula for AquaSpirit®, Global Healing Center’s refreshing body and face mist. We’ve received a lot of positive feedback from people who’ve had amazing results with this product.

What’s your favorite use for rose water? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts with us.

What can you do to reduce your exposure to toxic fluoride?

1. Stop Buying Fluoride Toothpaste. 

Each tube of fluoride toothpaste contains enough fluoride to kill a small child. 

2. Filter Your Water.   

Check with your local water department to find out if your water is fluoridated.  More and more communities are rejecting fluoridation.

Bathing and cooking with fluoridated water can also expose you to risks.  Taking a 10 minute hot shower is like drinking a gallon of water even if you never swallow a drop.  

If your water company adds fluoride to the supply, a high quality water filtration system is the best way to minimize your exposure.  But most home filtration systems are ineffective. The best types are reverse osmosis, deionizers, and activated alumina.  They can cover your entire house and remove about 90% of fluoride. 

3. Buy Organic Produce

Produce grown with fluoride-based pesticides can have extremely high levels of fluoride.  Conventional iceberg lettuce tests at an astounding 180 times the recommended levels

Other foods that have high fluoride levels include citrus fruits, potatoes, grapes and raisins.  Buy only organic versions of these foods to minimize your exposure.

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