You may have heard about the possible health benefits of products made with rose. People have used ingredients from a type called the Damask rose for medical purposes throughout history. Modern studies show that the plant may help treat and prevent disease.
One product made with it is rose water. Manufacturers make it by removing compounds from the flower's leaves.
In traditional Iranian medicine, people use rose water to wash the eyes and get rid of organisms that cause illness. Research shows it may destroy certain germs or stop their growth. In one study, researchers saw the number of bacteria go down as the concentration of rose water went up.
Uses for Damask Rose
The flower's anti-infection and anti-inflammatory features seem to make it useful as a treatment for problems like:
Acute dacryocystitis. You get this condition when the sac that collects your tears becomes infected.
Pterygium and pinguecula. These are growths on the clear coating on the white part of your eye.
Potential Side Effects
The trial that tested Ophthacare also looked for side effects caused by the eye drops but didn't find any.
This doesn't mean that products that have Damask rose in them or rose water alone won't cause side effects.
Anytime your skin meets a substance that you're sensitive to, you could get allergic contact dermatitis. Plants, jewelry, medications, and other items can cause a reaction. You may get an itchy, red rash or swelling and tenderness.
Other symptoms can include:
If you want to put rose water or other rose-based products in your eyes to treat a condition, talk to your doctor first.
Contact your doctor right away if your eyes start to hurt or seem irritated after you use rose water or other rose products.
Rose Water alone is likely not enough to cure the above conditions, and you should see your doctor before trying any at-home treatments.