How To Make Rose Water: Make 100% Pure Steam Distilled Rose Water
Have you ever smelled a rose and wished you could bottle that exact scent? Most perfumes don't even come close to the pure intoxicating smell that an actual rose releases. Well guess what?... rose water has that exact smell! It's like putting your nose right up to a rose in the midst of it's most scented hour.
Though rose water is kind of pricey at the store, it is relatively easy to make for free with roses from your yard. Plus, the process makes your house smell like a bouquet of fresh roses.
Pure rose water is luxurious in scent, flavor and mood. It's exotic and delicious to cook with. It makes your face absolutely glow when used daily as nature's most gentle astringent. And it smells heavenly when misted on your body.
I recently made a couple bottles for birthday presents, I just couldn't help myself. I was contemplating gifts for two lovely women, who wouldn't want anything sweet or fattening and whom I wanted to give something extra special.
I suddenly thought, "Rose Water" and off I went to find my copy of Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health.
It's surprisingly easy to learn how to make rose water, considering the fact that you're creating a home still and steam distilling roses and water.
If you'd like, here's the tags I made for my rose water gifts, just click here for the FREE PRINTABLE GIFT TAG ... I printed mine on a cream colored linen textured printing paper (the kind for resumes) which turned out nice.
So here it is... how to make rose water with your very own rose petals!
How to Make Rose Water
This rose water recipe utilizes steam distillation and produces pure organic rose water suitable for using in food and beverages, cosmetics, bath and body recipes, as a natural facial astringent or simply a body mist.
Step-by-Step How to Make Rose Water:
Storage and Shelf Life: Refrigerate rose water or keep it in a cool place to increase the shelf life. Other ways to prolong your homemade rose water are to add a little bit of witch hazel, vodka or grape seed extract. You can also freeze it in ice cube trays, thawing out however much you need as you need it.
Aaaaaa. So that's how to make rose water... I'm happy I won't have to buy rose water possibly ever again ($$$) plus I have yet another use for my rose garden and my decorative bottle collection.
Rose Water Recipes and Ideas (Using Rose Water):
Edible. Rose water is edible and delicious. Most often it is used to make cakes, cookies, pastries and different types of icing. I will say it is an acquired taste for some that aren't used to this unusual flavor. But if you're feeling a bit adventurous, give it a taste!
A favorite restaurant of mine has a delicious rose water lemonade. I also recently had rose candies which made for an interesting treat if you're looking for something unique. It's easy to get creative because you can replace part of the water (usually from about 1 teaspoon to 2 Tablespoons) in any recipe with rose water. However, rose water is best used in sweet delicately flavored recipes that won't overpower the subtle flavor of rose.
Bath and Body. Rose water is wonderful added to the bath with epsom salts. It also makes a sensual and uplifting body mist. It can be applied undiluted to the face with a cotton ball (after cleansing) for a completely natural and most gentle astringent. Try combining about 3/4 cups pure rose water and 1/4 cup witch hazel for a gentle facial toner. Some people add a few drops of glycerine as well for increased moisturizing.
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