One of my goals this summer is to find more uses for the things we spend so much time and energy growing. Of course I love bouquets of roses and lavender on our kitchen table, but I’ve been doing research on ways to stretch them further. One way I’m going to get more mileage out of my roses is buy making my own rosewater. Rosewater has been used for ages all over the world as a refreshing skin toner and light fragrance. It can also be used to rinse hair and as a linen spray.
You can buy it already made, but it often has preservatives and other impurities (like artificial fragrance). There are a ton of methods of making it yourself, so I’ll be testing out a few over the course of the summer and perfecting my recipe.
The first method I’m trying is the simplest. This is all you need…
- Clean Glass Jar that Seals (I love these ones from Schoolhouse Electric)
- Distilled Water
- Bring the water to a pretty decent boil.
- While the water is boiling, clean your jar really well. You don’t want bacteria in your rosewater.
- Wash your roses gently to rinse away any bugs or dirt from the garden. Carefully pluck the petals and toss them in the jar.
- When your water is boiling, carefully pour the hot water over your petals. Seal the jar and let it soak for at 24-48 hours.
- Strain your water and return it to the jar. I used a large spoon to wring the petals out.
- Store in the refrigerator.
This method is SUPER easy, which is it’s biggest advantage. Because I used peach colored roses, my rosewater turned a (not-so-lovely) shade of yellow. It still smells nice though. It’s a little “planty”, but I suspect that is because I used fresh petals instead of drying them first. Next time I plan to dry them before I let them seep.
Stay tuned this summer for more as I refine my technique. I also am planning on making lavender oil!
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