Monday, June 8, 2009

How To Make Rose Water At Home

Rose water (also spelled Rosewater) can be used in cooking as well as a rich beauty aid.

Try some as a facial toner or astringent, in your bath water or as a facial splash (refresher).

Notes on Preparation:

1)Rose petals must be freshly picked and have no pesticides or chemicals used on them.

2)Pick the roses just after the morning dew has evaporated, about 2 to 3 hours after sunrise.
Use only the petals, not the stems or leaves.

3)Wash the petals quickly to remove any bugs or specks of dirt and immediately process with one of the methods below.

4)If you don’t grow your own roses, ask at the local florist or Farmers Market for organic roses.

Old Fashioned Rose Water Recipe

Items Needed:
Rose Petals

Distilled Water

Enamel Pot (any size)

Fill the bottom of an enamel pot with the rose petals a few inches deep. Pour distilled water over the petals until they are just covered.

Turn on heat for the water to be steaming hot, but do not boil. Let the water steam until the petals have lost their color, the water has taken on the color of the rose petals and you see rose oil skimming the surface. This will take approximately 60 minutes.

Strain the water and squeeze out the liquid from the rose petals, this is your rosewater.

Homemade Rosewater - Quick & Easy Recipe

For every 1 firmly packed cup of rose petals, pour 2 cups boiling water over top. Cover and steep until the liquid is cool. Strain, squeeze out the liquid from the petals, and refrigerate the rose water in a sterilized jar.

Oven Recipe for Rosewater

Preheat oven to 450°. Line an enamelware roaster a few inches deep with rose petals. Fill with distilled water until the petals are just covered. Place the roaster uncovered into the oven and bring to a boil.
As soon as it starts boiling, turn off the heat and cover the roaster. Leave in the oven until the water is cool (several hours). Once cool, strain the water and squeeze all the petals to remove the liquid. Store the rose water in the refrigerator.

Rose Facial Toner

Add 1 part rubbing alcohol or vodka or witch hazel to 10 parts rose water to use as a facial astringent or toner.


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