Our days are filled with interactions, thoughts, feelings, and experiences. While it would be wonderful if all of these could be uplifting, enjoyable, and satisfying to our souls, the reality of life is that sometimes things just suck. Bodies fail us, hearts break, comments hurt us, money causes stress, and on and on. Some days can leave you feeling drained, lonely, ugly, broken, dissatisfied, etc etc. Left unchecked, days like these can build upon themselves and being to influence our beliefs; about our bodies, our worth/value, or just the state of our life in general. So how can we deal with life’s low points (or even just a small, hurtful moment)? While there are many answers and strategies, I would like to focus on one: Creating a space of gratitude in our homes, and consequently, our hearts.
Rose water is a very versatile ingredient to have in your wellness kitchen. Its use as a healing agent, skin cleanser and toner, has been dated as far back as the Romans and even the ancient Greeks. The famous beauty, Cleopatra, was so strongly associated with it that Shakespeare included this detail in his play, ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ when she is described to Mark Antony:
“The very winds were lovesick.” (Shakespeare)
Rose water can be used on your face, body, and hair, or as a perfume/room spray (adds a soft romantic touch when spritzed on bed linens). It is also edible, appearing in many different types of drinks and desserts.
Rose water is quite simple to make and a wonderful use of fallen, but not yet dried out, petals. Not to mention how great your house will smell! Enjoy your lovely Valentine roses a bit longer with this rose water d.i.y.