Rose water has several uses since roses have health benefits and can be used on the skin. It has anti-inflammatory properties and is used by some people to treat eczema, acne and dermatitis. Rose water can also be used as a deodorant and some people even drink rose water for its health benefits.
Since it is such a useful product, we have decided to tell you how you can go about making your own rose water. All you need is roses and distilled water.
The first thing you should do is remove the petals from the stems of the plant. Then make sure to rinse the petals off with lukewarm water.
There are two methods by which you can make rose water. One method is by simmering, the other is by distilling. The simpler of these two methods is the simmering, where you simmer either fresh or dried rose petals in water. This is the method we will discuss here.
The Necessary Items
You should use roses that have not been exposed to pesticides. It is also best if you are using petals from your own rose bush, and it is best to pick them early in the morning. The reason for this is that early in the morning is when the flowers are at their maximum fragrance. You can buy roses to use but you need to ensure they are organic and have not been sprayed with pesticides.
Some people do use dried rose petals.
One of the popular dried rose petals to use is the petals of the Damask rose. This rose has very fragrant petals and can even be eaten. The supplies you will need to make rose water include: the rose petals, distilled water, a saucepan with lid, cheesecloth, and a dark bottle to store the finished product in.
You then need to measure out your rose petals. Most people use about ¼ cup of dried or ½ cup of fresh rose petals. Add the petals into the saucepan. Then pour about 1½ cups of water into the saucepan over the rose petals. Heat the saucepan with the lid on until it boils.
Then reduce the heat so that it is no longer boiling. It is best to decrease the heat by putting it on the lowest setting. Then let the saucepan simmer. The length of time will vary but you should let it simmer until the petals no longer have any color. This may take from 5 to 10 minutes. Once the petals are colorless you can turn the heat off. You need to leave the saucepan until it is completely cool.
When the saucepan is completely cooled down you can take it and pour through several layers of cheesecloth. This way you are filtering out the petals. The filtered liquid is your rose water which you can then pour into your dark bottle using a funnel. The water can be stored for 1 week out of the refrigerator or for several weeks in a refrigerator.