"The rose looks fair, but fairer we deem
for that sweet odour which doth in it live." ~ Shakespeare
Rose water has been used for centuries as a beauty aid by women such as the beguiling Queen of Egypt, Cleopatra. The beauty and fragrance of roses immediately conjurers up romance, hence our valentine obsession of giving and receiving dozens and dozens of the bloom. Roses are not just a treat for the senses, but these blossoms also have many health benefits, some of which are soothing skin irritation and sore throats, reducing skin redness, antioxidants, healing cuts, scars, and burns, enhancing mood, headache relief, and my favorite, skin hydration.