Rose – The queen of flowers! Do you know that there are over 300 species of roses? What does the word ‘rose’ remind one of? The many colours and the light fragrance, rose water, Rooh Afza, perfumes, the many sweets garnished with rose petals and rose water!! Well, there is one other substance which has multiple uses – rose petal powder. The rose petals are dried and then made into a fine powder. In this article, we will explore the many benefits of rose petal powder for skin and hair. We will also share with you a few DIYs to understand the uses of rose petal powder.
Health benefits of rose petal powder:
Balances vata and pitta dosha:
Rose petal powder is like an elixir. It can be used in various wonderful ways, giving innumerable benefits to the skin and hair. Due to its soothing fragrance, rose is said to balance ‘vata dosha’. This dosha, according to Ayurveda, manifests mainly as anxiety, insomnia, and digestive issues. With its cooling and stabilizing effects, rose is also said to balance ‘pitta dosha’.
As a consequence of its cooling and soothing effects, rose petal powder helps to maintain healthy nerves.
Maintains skin tone:
Using rose petal powder as a regular beauty product will help maintain skin tone.
Cleanses and nourishes skin:
In the bygone days, royalty used to submerge themselves in a bath filled with rose petals. Rose fragrances have been in vogue since centuries. Rose petal powder is a concentrated form of what the rose petals have to offer. So there is no disputing its benefits in nourishing and cleansing the skin.
Subdues blemishes/dark spots:
With a little extra care and effort, using the right products, you can get rid of those unsightly blemishes and dark spots. Rose petal powder is a key component.
Works as an exfoliant:
With its slight coarseness and cleansing properties, rose petal powder acts as an excellent exfoliating agent.
Research shows that rose petal powder has skin anti-inflammatory properties. It inhibits the inflammatory response produced by exposure to UV rays. Rose petal powder thus can reduce ageing effects. Regular use on the face and body can have significant anti-ageing effect.
Most cancers are caused due to oxidative stress. Rose petal extract has been shown to possess antioxidant properties (polyphenols). These medicinal properties make it a good culinary component too.
Benefits of rose petal powder for hair:
- Cleanses the scalp by getting rid of extra sebum and dead skin cells.
- Relieves dandruff.
- Improves blood circulation to the scalp.
- Keeps the hair and scalp hydrated.
- Gives more shine and volume to hair.
- Acts as a hair conditioner.
- Improves hair growth.
Let us take a look at how to use rose petal powder in our daily or weekly regimen.
DIY Rose petal powder tan removing face mask:
This is so simple and effective that you will wonder why you hadn’t discovered this long ago! Mix 2 tsp of rose petal powder with 2 to 5 tsp of yogurt/curd. Add 1 tsp of honey. Apply all over the face and neck. The yogurt gives a soothing effect and honey acts as a natural bleach. Combined with rose petal powder, this 3 ingredient mix works as an effective remedy for removing tan after sun exposure.
DIY Rose petal powder face cream:
Though it would be a difficult task to make your own cream from scratch, we could just improvise on the task. Take your favourite face cream. Sieve the rose petal powder through a fine sieve. Add a pinch of it to your face cream. Add 2 drops of rosehip oil. Lo and behold! you have an infused face cream. Apply this particularly before going out in the sun. It will definitely protect you from UV rays.
DIY Rose petal powder mini facial:
To half a cup of rose petal powder, add 1 egg white and 1 tsp honey. People with oily skin can substitute honey with rose water. Make a thick paste and apply all over the face and neck. Leave it on for 30 minutes and wash with lukewarm water. This face pack will do the job of a mini facial. It tightens the skin pores, cleanses, moisturizes, and nourishes the skin. It also lightens the skin and tones it up.
DIY Rose petal powder exfoliating mask:
Mix together 1/4 cup of orange peel powder with 1/4 cup of rose petal powder. Infuse it with 2 to 3 drops of geranium oil or rosehip oil. Make it into a smooth paste by adding the required amount of rose water. Apply all over the face and neck and wash off after 20 minutes with gentle scrubbing. This mask helps ward off the fine lines of ageing and dark spots. It also cleans and clears pores.
DIY Rose petal powder nourishing hair mask:
Mix equal quantities of amla powder and rose petal powder. Blend with almond oil. Infuse a few drops of lavender essential oil. Apply all over the scalp and hair with a brush. Shampoo after 30 minutes. With regular use, you can get rid of your dandruff problem and grow shiny, lustrous hair.