How to Make Rose Water

How to make rose water. Pure, organic rose water recipe. Uses of homemade rose water. What is rose water? Making rose water for healing and as a dry skin tonic. Rose water uses and benefits.

What is Rose Water?

Rose water is a water extraction of rose oil and tannins from Rosa gallica rose petals. The traditional method of making rose water is by distillation.

Rose floral water has been used as a toner for dry or sensitive skin since time immemorial due to its mild astringency. When rose water and glycerin are combined, they form a silky skin-smoothing lotion.

Distilled rose flower water can also be used in cooking. The tasty, fragrant water is most often used in cookies, icing and other sweet treats.

Distilled Rose Water Recipe

You Need:

  • A oven safe, glass or ceramic bowl
  • A pot or dutch oven large enough for the bowl to be set in with an all metal or glass lid.
  • A brick or rack that will fit in the bottom of the dutch oven
  • Clean fresh or dried organic rose petals
  • Distilled water
    1. Set the rack into the dutch oven.
    2. Fill the pot with rose petals up to the height of the rack.
    3. Cover the rose petals with water, set the bowl and the rack and heat the water to a slow simmer.
    4. Place the lid on the pot upside down. Fill the inverted lid with ice cubes.

      The hot steam will condense when it hits the cold lid and drip into the bowl.

  • When the water has simmered away, you will be left with a bowl of pure rose water.

    If you want to make a larger volume of rose flower water, it is best to start over with fresh rose petals. If you just add more distilled water to the petals in the pot, you will be diluting the strength of the rose water.

    Easy to Make Rose Water Recipe

    It isn't really necessary to take the time or trouble to distill the natural rose water. You can make it in your oven.

    Place 2 cups of clean, fresh or dried organic rose petals into a covered casserole dish. Bring enough distilled water to cover the rose petals to a boil. Pour the distilled water over the rose petals. Cover the dish and place it into a 300 degree oven for 20 minutes.

    Turn the oven off but leave the dish inside. Once the dish cools enough to handle, strain the water into a sterile glass jar.

    How to Make Rose Water
    Why Organic Rose Petals?

    I assume you are either going to be cooking with rose water or using it for skin care. You don't want to use sprayed roses because some of the pesticides used on roses are oil based and will not be removed by a simple water rinse.

    You don't want to risk chemical residues ending up in the finished rose water. Most pesticide labels say to avoid ingesting or even getting the chemicals on your skin.

    You can either buy dried organic roses petals or pick the rose flowers from your own unsprayed roses.

    Pick just opened flowers during early morning hours before the sun gets hot on the plants.

    Break the flower heads up and separate the petals out. They are the only part that is used to make rose water. Rinse the petals in clean tap water.

    How to Make Rose Water
    Type of Roses to Use

    If you are a traditionalist, by all means, use Rosa gallica, the Apothecary rose, if you have or can find it.

    The petals of all rose varieties will share the same properties though there may be slight differences in degree. Red or pink roses are most commonly used to make rose water but other colors are acceptable as well.

    Truly, it is more important that the roses be organic than that they be any particular type or color. Because of this, disease resistance trumps variety. Look for a rose that is hardy in your climate, vigorous, and unlikely to need spraying.

    Double-flowered roses with a repeat blooming habit will provide you with the most petals.

    The color of the rose petals will tint the water. And not always in a way that you might expect.

    If you are learning how to make rose water to use as a body perfume splash, you might consider choosing the flowers by scent.

    The rose petals you use to make rose water will not only impart their color on the water but their fragrance as well. For a more fragrant rose water, use the most strongly scented roses in your garden.

    Your hose will smell heavenly while it's cooking.

    How to Make Rose Water Last

    Unpreserved rose water will keep for about a week at room temp. or for up to a month in the refrigerator. To keep it longer, freeze it or add 1 tablespoon of vodka--a natural and edible preservative--to each pint and shake.

    Use your natural rose water as a dry skin rose water toner or put it in a spray bottle to use as a cooling rose water mist or natural perfume. Spritz a little onto your hair and then run your hands through to distribute it. Your hair will be soft and sweet smelling.

    In cooking with rose water, try substituting homemade rose water for the liquid in a sugar or shortbread cookie recipe. Rose water imparts a delicate flavor so reserve it for mildly flavored recipes.

    Rose water is a great natural air freshener. Mist it lightly into the air and onto your bed linens to enjoy its mood enhancing rose fragrance at any time.

    How to Make Rose Water for Healing

    How to make rose water therapeutic skin lotion

    Mix rose water and glycerin together in a 50/50 ratio.

    The pure rose water recipes on this page are suitable to use for health remedies. Never use sprayed rose petals or rubbing alcohol to make rose water for healing.

    Rose water is antibacterial, mildly astringent and nutritious. Since the Middle Ages, rose petals have been used to treat diarrhea, coughs, colds, nervous tension, depression and skin abrasions.

    Feel free to add other herbal plant parts to the rose water recipes above in order to incorporate their healing properties into the rose water. Rosemary and Lavender combine well with roses and will impart culinary and medicinal qualities of their own.

    Buy Rose Water and Glycerin Here

    If all of this sounds like too much effort, there is some very good rose water you can buy ready made.

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