How to Make Rose Water
Today, I’m sharing with you about How to Make Rose Water.
Here’s my rose water story, which might sound familiar to you: I saw a DIY beauty recipe that I wanted to make…it needed rose water. Blerg. I didn’t have rose water….so I pinned it to my Beauty Pinterest Board for a future project, and continued on my day. The NEXT day(!!), I found a cooking recipe that sounded wonderful for dinner….and blerg again, it needed rose water. Bah. So I pinned that recipe to my Recipe Pinterest Board for a future meal. And so it went…every few days, something I wanted to make needed rose water.
What’s a gal to do? Buy dried rose petals and finally make my own rose water, of course. 🙂
The thing that pushed me over the edge to finally make my own rose water was when I was making my Queen of Hungary Facial Toner recipe. I needed dried rose petals for that recipe, so I just ordered a larger bag of dried rose petals so that I could make both recipes. I then realized that my Queen of Hungary Facial Toner recipe needed rose water in it, too, so it was super important that I just bite the bullet and make some homemade rose water.
I don’t know why I waited so long to learn how to make rose water. It is seriously the easiest DIY project EVER. Also, note to self: grow my own roses so that I can make homemade rose water whenever I need it. And extra note to self: making rose water makes the house smell fabulous. <3
How to Make Rose Water
- 1/4 cup of dried rose petals or 3/4 cup organic non-sprayed fresh rose petals
- 1.5 cups filtered water
- Add the filtered water to a pot. Add the rose petals. Gently mix it, so the rose petals get mixed with the water.
- Bring the rose water to a boil. Then put the heat on low, cover the pot, and simmer for 20-3o minutes. After 20 minutes, uncover and check the petals. Once they have lost their color, the rose water is done. I gently mixed again at 20 minutes, and then let mine simmer until 30 minutes.
- Once the petals have lost their color completely, remove from the heat. Let it cool (or you might burn your hands…trust me).
- Once it has cooled, put cheesecloth in a mesh strainer over a glass bowl. Slowly pour the rose water and petals into the cheesecloth. After all of the rose water has gone through, gather up the cheesecloth and squeeze out every last precious drop.
- Use your rose water in whatever recipes you planned. Put your extra rose water in a glass jar in the refrigerator where it should be good for about 1 month.
See how it easy it is to make rose water? I’ll try to make a post soon for a bunch of ways to use rose water. For now, though, stay tuned for my Queen of Hungary Facial Toner recipe.
Will you make your own rose water? What’s your favorite way to use rose water? Let me know in the comments!
I have many rose plants. Is there any particular type of rose that’s dried to make rose water? Thanks
The best roses for making rosewater are the Rosa damascena, Rosa centifolia and Rosa gallica. All three of these rose species is edible. You can use the wild rose called rosa rugosa.