Hello Friends! This is an exciting post for me because I have wanted to make Rose Water for a long time now. After making it, I honestly don’t know why I didn’t try sooner. This is a very simple method and I had great results. Don’t feel limited to just Rose Water, you can apply this to making all sorts of other flower waters like Lavender or Lilac for example.
There are so many benefits to incorporating Rose Water into your beauty routine. Here is a quick list if you aren’t familiar:
1.Rosewater helps maintain the skin’s pH balance, and also controls excess oil.
2. Anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the redness of irritated skin, get rid of acne, dermatitis and eczema.
3. Rose water helps hydrate, revitalize and moisturize the skin giving it with that refreshed look.
4. Antibacterial properties aids in healing scars, cuts and wounds.
5. Antioxidant properties of rose water help to strengthen skin cells and regenerate skin tissues.
6. Astringent like properties helps clean pores and tone the skin.
7. The aroma of roses is said to be a powerful mood enhancer.
8. The nourishing and moisturizing properties of rose water enhance the quality of hair. Works as a natural conditioner and revitalizes hair growth.
Now that you know all of its amazing benefits lets get down to how to make some. The most important step is finding good quality roses that haven’t been sprayed with any chemicals. You can use either fresh roses or dried roses for this method, both work perfectly well. I was lucky enough to find a decent brand on clearance at my local Krogers for just $4. Now I will say these may not be the “cleanest” Roses. Bloom Haus brand flowers are grown sustainably and consciously though, so for the price and quality they were my best option in a pinch. I gave them a thorough cold water bath before starting which helps rinse anything you don’t want in your Rose water, out.
Once you have your clean roses you can begin the heating process. Place rose petals (about 6 cups) into a sauce pan or soup pan and cover with 18 oz distilled water. Move to stove top and turn on the lowest heat setting. Cover and let cook down for about 5-6 hours or until the petals have lost all their color. Check on your mixture once an hour to give it a nice stir. While your stirring you can try and bruise the petals to help release their oils. The water will be a light to dark pink depending on the rose color.
After you have cooked down your rose petals I would let them cool some so its easier to work with. Using cheese cloth or if your in a pinch like I was, a paper towel, place it inside a funnel. This recipe will yield you 16 oz of rose water so you will want a couple clean containers to store it in. I happened to have some spray bottles and a glass bottle on hand that were the perfect sizes. I placed the funnel inside the top of the containers and poured in my rose water straining out all the petals.
Thats it! Your rose water is complete. Store in the fridge for 2-3 weeks.
Thank you so much for reading! I hope this inspires and helps you to craft your own rose water!