The Healing Rose: 3 Ayurvedic Beauty Recipes


Thousands of years ago, when poets and lovers were just beginning to flirt with the rose, ayurvedic healers were crushing, juicing, grinding, drying, and preserving it for herbal remedies, skincare recipes, teas, and aromatic oils. Grounded in an ancient, oral tradition, these healers used the rose to cool a blazing pitta dosha—the mind-body force associated with fire, heat, anger, ambition, and stress. Although some people are prone to pitta imbalances all the time, most feel its effects in summer when this dosha is the strongest. In moderation, however, the rose is a tridoshic flower; it’s beneficial for everyone all year round.

Roses reduce wrinkles, improve complexion, and slow the signs of aging.

Roses play a starring role in ayurvedic beauty care because they regulate the functioning of brajaka pitta, a sub-dosha that controls the biochemical processes in the skin. Among other things, roses reduce wrinkles, improve complexion, and slow the signs of aging. To reap these benefits, use natural, rose-based soaps, moisturizers, and lotions; add a few drops of rose essential oil to your massage oil; or make your own skin care products. Here are a few recipes:

Make a Saffron Facial Mask with Rose Petals

Saffron’s warmth, combined with the cooling quality of rose petals, will coax all skin types into balance. Use twice a week.

  • 1/2 cup organic red rose petals

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • a pinch of saffron

Crush the rose petals into a paste with a mortar and pestle and mix with the honey and saffron. Apply all over your face and neck for 10 minutes before your shower. Wash off with cool or lukewarm water.

3 Soothing Remedies with Rosewater

To make your own organic rosewater, boil 6 cups of organic red rose petals in a quart of water for 15 minutes. Cool, strain into a glass bottle, and refrigerate. Then try these remedies.

Soothe your burning eyes.

Soak two pads of cotton wool in organic rosewater at room temperature and then place them over your eyelids for 10 minutes.

De-stress in the bathtub.

Add some organic rosewater to your bath for a fragrant, rejuvenating experience. Afterward, spritz all over to refresh your skin and protect it from the elements.

Sweeten your mood.

Breathe in rosewater’s uplifting aroma.

Why You Should Buy Organic Rose Products

Most rose products contain pesticides and toxins that can be absorbed internally or through the skin or eyes. It’s best to buy organic roses and make your own rosewater and essential oil. But if you’re too busy, try these commercial products:

Mountain Rose Herbs

Mother Nature, Inc.

Maharishi Ayurveda Products International


Improve your meditation by applying a drop of rose essential oil to your forehead between the eyebrows before meditation.

Deepen your sleep by sprinkling a few drops of rose essential oil on your pillow.

Calm down by spritzing some rose essential oil on a clean handkerchief. Inhale when you are feeling anxious or upset.

9 (More) Reasons to Love the Healing Rose

According to Ayurveda, the sweet, astringent qualities of this flower:

  • Soothe the digestive system

  • Balance the emotions

  • Cleanse the body of toxins

  • Soothe inflamed skin

  • Nourish all seven dhatus (body tissues)

  • Pacify heat in the blood

  • Balance the hormones

  • Promote deep, restful sleep

  • Warm your heart

About the Teacher

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Shubhra Krishan
Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What It Is and What It Can Do for You and Radiant... Read more