First off, why would you want to make rose water?? Rose water was first made by chemists in the Islamic Golden Age and often was used as a beverage or perfume. Today it’s most commonly used for body spray, skin toner, or culinary use. Wouldn’t it be the perfect addition to some lemonade? Spritz yourself on the way out the door or even make a cute perfume bottle as a gift! I have seen Rose water sold at Sephora and even Trader Joes- but honestly it’s SO easy to make. Let’s jump in….
Benefits of Rose Water:
- Skin toner & moisturizer
- Natural Perfume
- Natural anti-inflammatory for irritated skin
- Cleanser and aids in removing oil and dirt in clogged pores
- Pour some in your bath for a natural de-stresser that makes you sleep better
- Use in many culinary recipes (lollipops, pudding, whipped cream, shortbread, etc.)
First pick your rose petals, I had about 3 cups worth of petals from my yard….your petals don’t have to be red, but of course I want that dreamy color!!
Pick your petals off the flower and rinse off any bugs or dirt. After rinsing fill a pot with distilled water to cover the petals just enough.
Let boil for 15 minutes or so, lid on.
Once your petals begin to lose color you know you are there!
Now it’s time to strain the petals
You can squeeze the petals together like a sponge getting out any remaining water.
Time to bottle up your creation, grab a funnel!
Not sure if I am more in love with that color or scent?!
Be sure to store in fridge or a cool place and let the benefits of rose water begin!