Roses are here! If you are like me, you’re thinking now is the time to make your own rose water. If you’ve never done it before, don’t worry. It’s easy. And I will tell you how, but first let’s talk about why you want to.
Benefits of Rose Water
- reduces skin irritation of eczema or rosacea due to anti-inflammatory properties
- reduces skin redness
- helps cuts, scars, and burns heal faster
- the smell enhances the mood. It has anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, and libido boosting properties!
- when used in a compress, it can relieve headaches
- reduces wrinkles
- when used internally, it can help with stomach upset
- when used internally, it can sooth sore throats
- helps to prevent and treat infections because of its antiseptic properties
So now that you want to have a bottle on hand all the time, let’s talk about how to make it.
How to Make Your Own Rosewater
Start with organic roses. If you are growing your own, that will be ideal as they will be fresher. Fresher is better. You can use dried in a pinch or in the winter.
Different roses have different scents. You can experiment to see if you have a preference. Generally speaking, red or pink roses with thick, velvety petals will have more of the classic rose scent. Yellow and white roses have a lighter scent that can mimic other flowers. Climbers, ground covers, and big blossoms will work, so it doesn’t matter what type you use. The roses with the best reputation for scent are: Mr. Lincoln, April in Paris, America Climber, Double Delight, Tropicana, and Don Juan. These are very common in the USA and are easy to find anywhere.
You will need:
- a stainless steel pot with a lid
- a glass bowl that is smaller than your pot
- distilled water
- organic rose petals
- Gather your rose petals.
- Wash petals to remove any dirt.
- Add the glass bowl to the pot.
- Put the petals in a stainless steel pot. Add enough distilled water to cover them. Make sure neither the petals nor the distilled water are in the bowl.
- Turn heat to medium taking care not to boil the water.
- Put the lid upside down on the pot. This will help the distilled water to gather in the bowl below.
- Put ice in the upside down lid. This helps with condensation. Replace ice as needed.
- When the roses have faded, pour the water in the bowl into a clean, glass jar and store it in the refrigerator. Use as needed in recipes, tea, facial toner, or medicine.
This is a pretty simple process that will save you tons of money. If you keep it in the refrigerator, your rose water should stay fresh for about six months. So give it a try. Let us know how you like it.