Called the Queen of Flowers, rose has symbolised love and romance since forever. Looking at the medicinal value of rose in Ayurvedic lifestyle practices, this comes as no surprise because Ayurveda says that rose balances Sadhaka Pitta; a subdosha of Pitta dosha that's responsible for your emotions and your heart. So, whenever Sadhaka Pitta goes out of balance (and this happens especially in the summer when hot weather aggravates Pitta dosha), rose cools you down & create a state of emotional balance. Rose also balances your mind because it harmonizes the relationship between Sadhaka Pitta and Prana Vata (a subdosha of Vata that controls everything from your head until your chest mainly the brain, mind, sensory perception, chest and respiration). One amazing Ayurvedic property of rose is that it is cools you down and boosts your digestive fire or agni at the same time. Because of this unique quality, rose is perfect for all three doshas, and qualifies as a tridoshic herb. Rose is also used in many Ayurvedic herbal formulations or Rasayanas in various forms - powder, decoction, rose water and essential oil. A study published in the Journal of Food Science has proved that rose petals have a high amount of phenolics which reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Benefits of Rose Petal Powder Rose has been used for its medicinal properties for centuries. It is amazing to find out that rose petal powder has a whole range of skin & hair benefits. Here’s a list of benefits of rose petal powder.
1. Cools & soothes the body Ayurveda believes that rose has many medicinal properties, one of which is the ability to cool and soothe the whole body. 2. Balances Vata & Pitta Rose is sweet and oily in nature and that’s why it calms the Vata dosha. The sweet taste of rose soothes Vata and its oiliness moisturizes the dry Vata dosha. Because of its cooling tendency and bitter & astringent taste, rose petal powder also calms down the Pitta dosha. 3. Supports the nervous system Rose powder is also known to be great for the nervous system because its balancing qualities help the brain register, store and remember information.
4. Rose petal powder benefits for Anti-aging Rose has antioxidants which prevent the formation of wrinkles. The regular use of rose petal powder for cleansing, toning and exfoliating tightens the skin and slows down ageing. 5. Nourishes, cleanses, tones & moisturises skin I totally believe that you should only put on your skin what you can eat. That way rose petal powder is perfect food for your skin (by the way, you can also use it to flavor desserts). It cleans grime, dirt and pollutants deposited in your skin very gently without drying it out and gives you a clear complexion. 6. Lightens blemishes Women have used rose petal powder in India for ages to for everything from natural hair growth to lightning dark spots and blemishes. Since it was discovered that plant has plenty of vitamin C, that stimulates collagen production - making your skin cells stronger, women from all over the world have been buying organic rose powder in bulk, for making home remedies 7. Controls oil Any clue what’s wrong with your skin toner? You’ll be surprised to know that a lot of facial toners available in the market have alcohol. Know what this alcohol does to your skin? It dehydrates your skin, making it extremely dry. The good thing about using rose petal powder is that it acts a natural astringent and keeps your skin soft at the same time. If you want to tighten pores and have smooth skin, try replacing your regular toner with rose petal powder paste or rose water.
8. Exfoliant Most exfoliating products have a coarse texture but rose petal powder forms a smooth paste retaining its gentle texture. It helps you to get rid of excess dead cells, sebum, dirt and grime which tend to get deposited in your facial pores.
9. Anti-inflammatory A majority of skin problems are connected to inflammation when the body heats up and this had a direct effect on your skin. Like mentioned before, rose has cooling property which makes an anti-inflammatory agent.
10. Anti-acne If you have swollen, red, itchy skin especially from acne, you can apply an anti-acne rose petal powder mask for relieving your skin.
11. Relieves sun burnt skin Being rich in Vitamin C, rose petal powder can be used for soothing sunburnt skin. Vitamin C protects your skin from UV rays and prevents the growth of free radicals which damage skin cells.
12. Heals wounds faster A medical study proves that Rosa Indica, a variety of rose found in India, is antibacterial. If you have a wound or a burn that you’d like to heal quickly, dab a little rose petal powder paste on it.
13. Strengthens hair follicles If you have dry hair, the regular use of rose petal powder with strengthen your hair follicles and promote hair growth. A rose petal powder and coconut milk hair mask can work wonders for dry and dull hair, leaving it shiny and luscious. Now that you know how valuable roses are for balancing your body and mind, let’s dive straight into rose petal powder uses.
How to Use Rose Petal Powder
Rose petal powder can be used for skincare, hair care and even as make-up (keep reading until the end to find out how). I’ll be showing you 4 ways to use rose petal powder to enhance your beauty & wellness.
What if you could ditch your all your cosmetics laden with harsh chemicals and replace them with a single ingredient - rose petal powder?
Let me show you 6 lovely skincare recipes you can make at home with rose petal powder:
Tridoshic Rose Petal Powder Cleanser
This recipe is super simple - mix equal parts of rose petal powder and raw honey (or you can use regular honey if you like). Apply this cooling and refreshing paste on your face and rinse with cool water after 15 minutes.
Tridoshic Rose Petal Powder Body Wash Use this body wash once a week to exfoliate your skin.
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup rose petal powder
2 tablespoons raw honey
Mix everything in a small bowl. In the shower, rub this mixture gently all over your wet body. Then there are 3 kinds of face masks you can use depending on your skin type...
Simple Rose Petal Powder Mask for Normal Skin
If you have normal skin, create a thick smooth paste by mixing a tablespoon of rose petal powder with filtered water. Apply this in a gentle upward motion on your face and neck. Rinse this off after 15 minutes with cold water.
Alternately, you can also mix a bit of clay into this and make a gentle rose & Fuller's Earth (multani mitti) mask.
Rose Petal Powder Mask for Oily Skin If your skin tends to be oily, try this mask. Mix a tablespoon of rose petal powder with 2 tablespoons of yogurt. Stir it until no lumps remain and apply it on your face and neck. Leave it on for 15 minutes and wash your face with cold water. Touch your skin and and see for yourself how all the extra oil disappears! Rose Petal Powder Mask for Dry Skin Whether your skin is flaking or dry as chalk, this mask will definitely leave it moisturized & hydrated.
Take 1 Tbsp of rose petal powder and mix it with 2 tablespoons of regular milk cream (the kind that you put in food). Stir this mixture well until it becomes smooth. Apply it over your face, listen to your favourite music for the next 15 minutes and rinse your face with cold water. Voilà, you have clean and soft skin!
Rose Petal Powder Anti-Acne Mask If you’re looking for natural way to heal or prevent pimples, try this anti-acne mask.
1 tablespoon of sandalwood powder,
1 tablespoon of rose petal powder,
2 tablespoons of rose water and
½ teaspoon of raw honey in a small bowl (you can add more water if needed).
Mix all the ingredients and apply this paste all over your face and leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse it off with lukewarm water and gently pat dry with a towel. This will provide relief from itchiness and redness caused by pimples. Use this mask once a week until your skin gets healed.
One of the best benefits of rose petal powder is hair growth. Here is some recipies for strong and healthy hair:
Rose Petal Powder Revitalising Hair Mask
½ cup coconut milk (freshly pressed homemade coconut milk is the best)
2 tablespoons of rose petal powder,
1 tablespoon of cold pressed extra virgin olive or coconut oil.
Wet your hair and apply this paste to your hair - gently massage the roots of your hair and work your way down to the tips.
Once you’re done, you can fold your hair into a bun or if your hair is short, tie it with a band. You can even wear a bandana. Leave this hair mask on for 1 hour and wash your hair with water (you can use Keshini hair cleanser if you want to remove excess oil from your hair). I recommend using this mask once a week.
Rose Petal Powder Blush If you like wearing blush, you probably want to find a natural substitute which will not ruin your skin in the long run. I like to add a slight hint of rose to my cheeks once in a while and I’m now making my own blush. Want to learn how to make your own blush? Believe me, it’s easy peasy - all you need is 1 tablespoon of arrowroot powder with ½ teaspoon each of rose petal and cocoa powder and a few drops of geranium essential oil. Mix the ingredients well and store them in a small airtight glass jar.