From a bouquet of flowers to a fragrant essence, roses always stir up passion and pleasure. Turns out there is much more to these pretty petals than what meets the eye — and the nose.
Rose water has been used for thousands of years, in both beauty products as well as food and drinks. It may also come with plenty of potential health benefits.
Used topically, rose water is believed to calm inflammation and soothe irritation. Fans of homeopathic medicine strongly feel that rose water can soothe a sore throat. Granted, there is little research behind this belief. But anecdotally, a great many people swear it works for them.
Beauty lovers use rose water for its powerful antioxidants which can help protect cells from damage. It is also found in many skin care products aimed at reducing wrinkles. And of course, the relaxing scent is frequently found in aromatherapy regimens.
So it’s safe to say that roses pack a powerful punch! But is it hard to come by, or expensive? No, it’s quite easy to make and relatively inexpensive.
Making rose water at home is as easy as steeping the petals and then straining them
You begin with roses — surprise, surprise. You can purchase them or pluck them from the yard. Look for roses without pesticides.
There are several ways to DYI rosewater. The simplest is a simmering or steeping method. You’ll need ½ to 1 cup of fresh, cleaned rose petals (¼ cup of dried petals will work), a large pot, distilled or filtered water, a strainer, and a bottle to hold the finished rose water.
Put the petals in the pot filled with approximately 1½ cups of water. Bring the pot to a simmer, then cover and reduce the heat and let it steep for 15-30 minutes. You’ll know it’s ready when the petals have lost their color. Then turn off the heat completely and keep covered until the pot has cooled.
Take the strainer (I use one meant for tea you can also use a muslin bag) and separate the liquid from the petals. Store the liquid in a spray bottle; it keeps in the fridge up to a month, or in your bathroom cabinet for up to a week.
You can use your rose water as a facial toner, a perfume, a bath water additive, or to freshen your bed linens. And as an added bonus, you can lightly spray into food or beverages for a little something extra. A teaspoon in your tea, yogurt or lemonade provides a boost of vitamins and minerals.
Now sit back, spritz, and enjoy!