Is Rose Water Good For Your Eyes?

There’s something indulgent and mysterious about the heady aroma of rose water. But if you’ve shied away from exploring its possibilities in your diet and for cosmetic use, you may want to think again. Here are some ways using rose water can help your eyes.

The Fire In Your Eye

According to Ayurveda, the eyes are the center or seat of the fire or pitta dosha. Eye color can also influence how prone you are to eye strain and irritation – those with light gray, green, blue, and hazel eyes are more susceptible. With age (typically if you are 40 or over), the additional problem of alochaka pitta makes the incidence of eye issues higher. To soothe the eye, you need to cool it with appropriate balancing treatments, of which rose water is considered an important one.1

Relax And Cool Off

Ayurveda believes that an imbalance of vata, pitta, or kapha is responsible for our various ailments or symptoms of problems. This holds true for eye problems as well. Early morning crusty eyes could

be a sign of a kapha imbalance. This could also present as general tiredness of the eyes even after a full night’s rest. Rose water is a remedy that can help relax the eyes and help them feel better. The act of sprinkling cooling rose water counteracts the effects of kapha.2 To use, just soak a soft, clean cloth in rose water and place over your eyes for a couple of minutes to cool them down. An added benefit? You’ll also be able to ease a headache thanks to the cooling effect of this water. Simply apply the same cloth as a compress to your forehead and area around the eyes as well to enhance the effect.3

Soothe Burning Eyes

Rose water can be used as eye drops to ease the burning sensation in your eye. Use just three drops every day at bedtime until the symptoms pass. Just be sure they are organic

if you are buying off-the-shelf rosewater bottles.4

Tone And Cleanse

The best part about using rose water as an eye recovery remedy (or an end of the day pick-me-up) is that it also tones and cleanses your skin while it soothes. The presence of tannin, pectin, and vitamins B and E has this effect on your skin. This is also why the use of rose water as a collyrium or Anjana for your eye is legendary. A liquid collyrium is a liquid wash that cleanses the eyes, countering effects of eye diseases. Traditionally, it was designed to make the eyes shine like the dazzling moon on a cloudless night.5

Keep Your Peepers Supple

Rose water’s ability to act as a toner also means it can help you fight off wrinkles like crow’s feet around your eye. The vitamin C found naturally in roses helps the body create collagen and is an

ally in the fight against free radicals implicated in aging.6

Rose water is also anti-inflammatory and has decongestant powers. You can hide that telltale sign of fatigue, the dark circle, by using rosewater every morning on your closed eyes.

Treat Vision Problems: Rosewater As A Carrier

If you are struggling with cloudy vision, neuralgic pain, congestion, or silent glaucoma, an Ayurvedic remedy incorporating rose water should help. Recommended by traditional healers, one remedy uses rose water as the medium to deliver the healing powers of the Ruellia prostrate Poiret or Kirandhi nayagam. To make the drops, take 30ml of rose water and place two grams of the young fruit and flowers of the plant in it. Leave to steep for four hours before filtering. Using externally for about five days to a week should ease the problems.7

Make Your Own Rose Water

Making rose water is easier than you’d imagine. Avoid the readymade

kind and make your own. Simply take an organically grown rose (nothing beats some fresh off your own garden) and soak its petals in clean, filtered, and cooled water or, better yet, distilled water. If you want a stronger essence, boil the water and pour it, while hot, over the petals. Steep overnight, strain, and use the cooled liquid to revive your eyes. Store in a refrigerator once ready. Alternatively, just head to your friendly neighborhood Middle Eastern or Indian store to pick up some.8