There are two methods for producing rose water: the heat method and steam method. The former works by simmering petals over time while having a shorter shelf life than its counterpart.
Add one small, clean heat-proof bowl and fill with distilled water into the center of a large pot, before stacking a second, clean bowl on top and covering with an inverted lid.
Let’s find out how to make rose water!
Place the Petals in a Pot
Rose water is an indispensable ingredient, perfect for beauty and culinary preparations alike. From applying it directly onto cotton balls and applying to skin to reduce inflammation and acne to replacing vanilla extract in recipes to add a floral note in cocktails and beverages – rose water offers many uses!
When creating rose water, only use fresh and fragrant flowers. Damask roses (Rosa damascena) are often the go-to choice, although any aromatic variety will do just as well. Furthermore, avoid roses grown for floristry or other uses other than rose water production as these tend to contain harmful industrial chemicals and agricultural inputs which could compromise its taste in your finished product.
To make rose water, start by placing a heatproof bowl at the center of a pot with an inverted lid. Add distilled water slowly while taking care not to get any into the empty bowl in the center. Place petals carefully into the pot without overcrowding them – cover your pot and allow simmering over low heat until all petals have faded and the colorless liquid remains visible.
Once the rose water has cooled, it should be transferred into a glass bottle and refrigerated. Although it can last for several weeks when stored this way, refrigeration helps preserve its freshness and aroma longer. Please keep in mind that its end result is not edible and must be strained before being used as intended.
Bring the Water to a Boil
For beauty purposes, when making rose water it is vital to use distilled or filtered water as this prevents bacteria growth that would spoil it. You can find distilled water at most grocery stores or make your own using a home reverse osmosis system.
Place the rose petals in a large saucepan or pot and cover them completely with enough distilled water. Bring this to a boil before turning down to simmer, allowing the petals to soak for 30–40 minutes before straining out of the water and placing into another vessel for storage.
Once the flowers have soaked for several hours in water, turn off the heat and allow the rose water to cool before removing any petals from it and straining into a glass jar or spray bottle for use as facial toner, body moisturizer or room spray – or refrigerating up to six months ahead for storage purposes.
This recipe is ideal for anyone who’s looking to create their own homemade rose water without spending a lot of money. It requires only two ingredients that should already be present in their kitchen! Prep time usually only takes half an hour. Furthermore, roses that no longer look appealing or have lost their scent can also be put to good use by turning into homemade rose water!
If you’re making rose water for beauty applications, Damask roses (Rosa damascena) will produce the most fragrant results; however, any aromatic variety can work. Commercially-grown varieties may contain toxic industrial chemicals and agricultural inputs that could damage your skin.
Allow the Water to Cool
Rose water offers many uses and benefits for skin health, including cleaning, hydrating and softening the complexion. It can also soothe irritation by acting as a toner or natural facial mist. Furthermore, rose water adds a refreshing, cooling flavor to drinks or recipes; even helping reduce frizz by creating hair mist to soften strands while combatting frizz! Additionally, cooking and baking with it impart a floral essence.
For rose water production, first gather fresh organic rose petals – either grown from your garden or purchased at local farmers markets – then carefully wash them to remove dirt and pesticides before placing in a saucepan filled with distilled water – the amount will depend on how large your pan is and how much rose water you wish to create.
Once your mixture has come to a boil, allow it to simmer for 20 minutes before allowing it to cool before straining it into bottles for use later or saving until straining time comes around again. Your finished rose water is now clear, fragrant rose water ready for immediate or future use!
Distillation is another effective means of producing rose water, although it requires more time. To do this, place a heatproof bowl at the center of a large pot and cover with lid before placing ice on top of bowl – when this melts it will condense and drip into rose water below in bowl below.
Strain the Water
Rose water is an aromatic liquid produced from distilling rose petals using steam, with its light but penetrating fragrance making it versatile for DIY cosmetics as well as culinary applications like pastries and beverages. Additionally, this easy-to-make herbal remedy serves as both natural facial toners and body hydrator mists, and can even be sprayed directly onto skin or hair to leave behind an irresistibly light and refreshing scent.
To make rose water, place washed petals in a pot with enough distilled water to completely cover them, cover the pot with its lid, turn it upside down and set some ice cubes inside before simmering the mixture for 30-45 minutes – condensation that collects on the underside of the lid will drip into a clean bowl, leaving behind fragrant, pure rose water!
Once the water has cooled, strain out and transfer any petals left behind into a glass jar or bottle for storage in your fridge for up to six months of preservation.
While rose water can be used as a toner, its best use lies in floral spritz. With its fresh scent and beautiful all-natural formula, rose water makes an incredible natural cologne or refresher, room refresher or all-natural body spray. Plus it makes an amazing hair treatment and helps detangle locks! To maintain freshness you can add 0.1% citric acid or 0.15% potassium sorbate as preserving agents; both ingredients help prevent microbe growth while making sure it remains safe to consume or use!
Store the Rose Water
Rose water should be stored in the refrigerator, lasting up to six months. You can use it as a facial mist, hair spray and linen refresher, in addition to helping moisturize skin conditions such as irritation or sunburns and creating facial masks and toners out of it. Incorporating rose water into shampoo and conditioner gives them a gentle yet natural fragrance – ideal for skin rejuvenation!
Making high-quality rose water depends on using top-grade flowers. When selecting flowers for rose water production, choose fragrant and organic Damask roses (Rosa damascena are preferred), though any aromatic variety will do just fine. When buying roses for making rose water tea or cooking purposes, look for organic varieties from farmer’s markets or stores specializing in edible flower sales for tea and cooking purposes – this will guarantee fresh roses!
Once your water has completely cooled, remove the collection bowl from the pot and pour the condensed rose water into a glass jar with a lid – either using a kitchen funnel for ease of transference, or by simply moving an old container from your fridge that already contains this concoction.
Another method for making rose water involves boiling petals and then distilling them, creating more concentrated rose water with higher pH levels that is perfect for infusing beauty products like perfumes and soaps. Though more complicated, this process allows for high-quality rose water suitable for infusion.