BENEFITS OF ROSEWATER

Did you get roses for Valentine’s? If the roses are still there, why not make your own rosewater with them instead of throwing them away?

How to make rosewater, get your rose petals and boil. The formula is 1 is to 2. 

Example:

½ cup of petals, use 1 cup of water. Boil for 15 minutes, then use a strainer to remove the pe­tals. Pwede kang mag-add ng drops of rose oil (Fragrance Factory) to make it more potent.

Rosewater is also available in Indian stores. Here are the bene­fits of rosewater:

FOR YOUR FACE:

1. Use it as a natural facial toner. Rosewater toner is perfect to combat acne.

2. Apply rosewater to your face to tighten pores and prevent wrinkles. Acting as an astringent with anti-inflammatory agents, the rosewater will help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

3. It can be used as a gentle facial cleanser. Make your own by mixing one cup of rose water, 2 teaspoons of glycerin and 10 drops of rose essential oil. The essential oil will add to the cleansing pro­perties of this rosewater cleanser as well as help preserve it.

4. Rosewater makes a GREAT makeup setting spray! Add it to a spray bottle and spritz lightly over your face. It will set your makeup and gave you a dewy finish for hours.

5. Dab on temples and eye area to ward off or soothe headaches.

6. Rosewater helps to balance the pH of the skin, helping to control both dry and oily skin and can soothe many types of dermatitis.
FOR YOUR SKIN:

1. For a light, refreshing perfume, add five drops of jasmine oil to a quarter cup of rosewater. Store your perfume in a dark glass bottle with a tight-fitting lid to keep away from light.

2. Soothe a sunburn with rosewater. Cool rose water spritzed on skin feels great, reduces puffiness and gently disinfects the skin, preventing infection and irritation.

3. Add rosewater to a hot bath to help relax as well as trap moisture in the skin, making skin smoother and firmer.
FOR YOUR HAIR:

1. Pour rosewater over your head while showering/bathing as it can reduce inflammation of the scalp, increasing the blood supply to the scalp and promotes hair growth.

2. Rosewater bene­fits the hair by acting as an excellent moisturizer. Mix some rosewater in your shampoo and you’ll be left with conditioned and moisturized hair that smells great and is extremely soft to touch.
FOR YOU HEALTH:

1. Add rosewater to bath water to relieve fatigue, produce a relaxing effect, improve your mood and lessen stress and depression.

2. Rinse with rosewater to soothe a sore throat.

3. A cotton swab soaked in rosewater can be used for treating and relieving inflamed gums. Warm rosewater can also be taken in your mouth for treating gums. Regular use of rosewater helps in relieving and curing paining gums, strengthening of loose teeth and removes bad odor from the mouth.
FOR YOUR HOME:

1. Use rosewater spri­zer as an air-freshener. Use rosewater as spritzer when ironing pillows and bedsheets, they will smell so good.

2. Spray rosewater on counter tops to disinfectant bathrooms, on couches, carpets, etc.

3. When cooking, rose water can be used in many dessert and baking recipes in place of vanilla extract.

 

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Grapefruit

The health benefits of grapefruit are too many to be overlooked.
Its albedo contains many anti-cancer agents that help fight a host of diseases.

The grapefruit is a large orange-like fruit that belongs to the citrus family.  It is a somewhat “new” addition to the family, deriving from a natural cross-breeding between orange and pomelo, thus its size.

The diameter of a grapefruit, depending on its variety, can range between four and six inches.  Its albedo (the white matter under the skin) is about a quarter to half an inch thick.  The fruit’s skin looks like that of an orange, but its flesh comes in white, pink or red.

It is called a grapefruit simply because it grows in clusters, like grapes.  The taste of a grapefruit can be bitter and sour but it has so many health benefits.

Nutritional Benefits

Grapefruit doesn’t only contain vitamin C which is commonly known to be protective against cold or flu.  It is not just one nutrient that helps prevent a certain disease, but rather the combination of several ingredients in it that does the trick.  This is the kind of nutritional power that we can find only in the way God makes our natural food.

This juicy fruit contains citric acid, natural sugars, essential oils like limonene, pinene and citral.  It has high amounts of vitamin C, and smaller amounts of vitamin A, B complex, E and K.

In the mineral department, larger amounts of calcium, folic acid, phosphorus, and potassium are found.  The nutritive phytonutrients of this voluptuous fruit¾liminoids, flavonoids, lycopene and glucarates¾help fight cancer and various diseases.

Health Benefits

When eating or juicing grapefruit, peel off the skin but leave as much of the albedo intact as possible as it contains the highest amount of valuable bioflavonoids and other anti-cancer agents.

Acidity: Although grapefruit has a sub-acid taste, its juice actually has an alkaline reaction after digestion.  This has a profound effect in the treatment of acidity in the digestive system that causes a host of other health problems.

Atherosclerosis: Pectin in this fruit has been found to be effective in reducing the accumulation of arterial deposits, and the vitamin C helps to strengthen and maintain the elasticity of arteries.

Breast cancer: In another study, the bioflavonoids found in grapefruit was discovered to even halt cancer cells from spreading in breast cancer patients, by ridding the body of excess estrogen.

Common cold: A common cold is usually your body telling you that you are overworked.  A regular drink of grapefruit during a stressful period gives your immune system the boost needed to prevent it coming on.

Cholesterol: A certain compound found in grapefruit helps reduce the excessive production of cholesterol from the liver.

Diabetes: A diabetic can safely eat a grapefruit.  In fact, more consumption of this fruit will help reduce the starches and sweets in the system.  If you have a tendency towards diabetes, consume more grapefruit juice to prevent it.

Digestive disorder: This juice helps to promote digestion by increasing the flow of gastric juices.  Eat the fruit together with its albedo and pith for their extra fiber that aids bowel movements.

Fatigue: At the end of a long and tiring day, drink a glass of grapefruit juice with lemon juice in equal parts with a little honey, to dispel all fatigue and tiredness.

Fever: Besides drinking plenty of fluids, also drink grapefruit juice to reduce fever.

Insomnia: A drink of grapefruit juice before bedtime, helps to promote sleep and alleviates insomnia.

Pregnant woman: The bioflavonoids and vitamin C help to reduce water retention and swelling of the legs during pregnancy.

Sore throat: Drinking a freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice helps relieve sore throats and soothes coughs.

Stomach and pancreatic cancer: The anti-cancer agents in grapefruit (especially in the albedo) are particularly protective against these cancers in the digestive system.

Weight-loss: This fruit has a fat-burning enzyme and can help to absorb and reduce the starch and sugar in the body. It is widely consumed by people who are trying to lose weight. If you don’t fall under the category of people mentioned below (look at “Caution” colum), then take a glass of grapefruit juice twice a day and eat normally.

Consumption Tips

Choose grapefruits like how you would oranges¾firm and springy to the touch.  If you can, choose the pink and red variety which are slightly sweeter.

Keep grapefruits at room temperature before juicing to get the most out of it.  To prepare, quarter the fruit and peel off the skin.

If you find the grapefruit juice too bitter or sour, mix with a little honey or with juices of other sweeter fruits.

Caution

Grapefruit contains high levels of flavonoid naringin that will reject synthetic man-made drugs. This is beneficial for our human cells because it helps to recognize alien compounds which should not be in our body, therefore, are treated as toxins.

The presence of grapefruits may halt the metabolism of these drugs, leaving the drugs in your body thus creating the risk of toxic poisoning. Doctors may tell you that grapefruit is the cause of the toxicity, but in fact, it is really the drugs that is causing the toxicity.

If you are not under medication, grapefruit juice can do a world of good. However, despite all its goodness, always remember to take only in moderation.  Excessive consumption of any citrus juices can leach calcium from the body system, causing decay of the bones and teeth.

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