Rose water is a very versatile ingredient to have in your wellness kitchen. Its use as a healing agent, skin cleanser and toner, has been dated as far back as the Romans and even the ancient Greeks. The famous beauty, Cleopatra, was so strongly associated with it that Shakespeare included this detail in his play, ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ when she is described to Mark Antony:
“The very winds were lovesick.” (Shakespeare)
Rose water can be used on your face, body, and hair, or as a perfume/room spray (adds a soft romantic touch when spritzed on bed linens). It is also edible, appearing in many different types of drinks and desserts.
Rose water is quite simple to make and a wonderful use of fallen, but not yet dried out, petals. Not to mention how great your house will smell! Enjoy your lovely Valentine roses a bit longer with this rose water d.i.y.
How To Make Rose Water:
1. First, select a large enough pot. The amount of petals you use will determine the amount of water needed, and thus, the size of the pot. In general, you should have at least 1 cup of rose petals to start with and the ratio is 1:2, 1 cup rose petals to 2 cups water.
2. Bring just the water to a boil. While you wait, you may opt to crush the petals a bit with a mortar and pestle to help release the oils.
3. Once the water is boiling, add the petals to the water.
4. Place a lid on the pot, to keep the scent and steam in, and turn off the heat/remove the pot from the burner (the flowers don’t need to boil).
5. Let the water cool down, keeping the lid on the whole time.
6. After the water has cooled, strain the petals out.
7. Ta-da! You have rose water! Place in a sterilized glass jar and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
8. Let me know how you like this recipe and if you have any tips to improve the process/outcome 🙂 …ok, that’s not really a step, but naturally, I would love to hear from you.
stop and smell the roses, claire