Hello DIY lovers,
I made a homemade Rosewater, lemon and tea tree skin toner that I thought would be lovely to share. It was really simple and because I know it is 100% natural I am assured of its benefits for my skin.
ROSEWATER is a great mild skin toner as it is refreshing, has a lovely scent and can also be used on its own in a spray bottle as a refreshing face and hair mist. It has numerous benefits for the skin as it helps to regulate the skin’s PH balance, it calms the skin and has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help fight acne and soften skin. (Sidenote: Rosewater can also be used for culinary purposes to flavour dishes, it is mostly used in desserts)
LEMON is a natural astringent and helps in lightening dark spots caused by acne, over- exposure to the sun and other types of hyper pigmentation.
TEA TREE essential oil is derived from the leaves of the Tea tree, found in Australia. Tea tree oil has anti- bacterial properties that fight off acne as the oil penetrates blockage between the skin and your sebaceous glands, blockage that is responsible for the formation of spots and acne. It is also an astringent. Tea tree oil is very potent and must be used diluted, and with caution especially on sensitive skin and must not be used for any internal treatment.
Topical use of essential oils must be used with caution. Please attempt to do your own personal background research and always do a patch test to make sure you do not suffer any allergies or reactions to any of the ingredients.
WHAT YOU NEED:
5/6 rose petals, plucked and rinsed
Juice of 3 very small lemons or 1 large one
3 drops of tea tree essential oil
A small bowl
1 pot with a lid
Fill a pot with distilled water and place a glass or ceramic bowl in the middle of it. Make sure that the water is not excessive as it may tip over the bowl. The water should not entirely cover the rose petals as this may reduce the potency of the rose water .
Pluck off the rose petals from the stems and rinse them Then arrange them inside the pot, in the water but not inside the bowl, the bowl should remain empty.
STEP 3: Cover the pot with a lid turned upside down, preferably a dome shaped lid, so that the condensed liquid will easily tip into the bowl. Cover the lid with ice and turn on your stove on medium heat and let it simmer for 30 minutes. Drain and replace the ice every so often. The cooling that the ice does to the lid helps the condensation process.
STEP 4: After petals have lost their colour, turn off the heat. The liquid collected in the bowl is rose water formed from the precipitate of the boiling petal’s steam. Collect this and do not use the liquid in the pot from where the petals were boiling. This is because often roses are dyed and some of this colour is what is left in the pot and we do not want this in our bodies. You may opt to grow your own un- dyded roses and use them instead, but as a cautionary method, no not use this liquid, only the liquid in the bowl. Set the rose water aside to cool and squeeze and sieve the juice of your lemons and set aside. I had about 50 ml of rose water and 30 ml of lemon juice.
Mix the rose water and lemon juice and sieve into a small glass or plastic bottle, preferably a semi- opaque one to last preservation. Add 3-4 drops of tea tree essential oil, shake, and you have a home made, natural face toner!