Here's a simple way to make your own very versatile Rose Water. Use the most fragrant, fresh from the garden roses you can find, (no pesticides or fungicides).
Use equal volume rose petals to distilled water, roughly. A dash of salt helps bring out the oils.
- Place the rose petals in a glass or enamel pot, pour in distilled water to just cover.
- Heat until water is scalding but not boiling.
- Turn off the heat, let soak for at least an hour.
- Strain in tea towel or cheesecloth, squeezing out the petals.
- Store in a sterilized glass bottle in your refrigerator.
Image and recipe excerpted from 100 Organic Skincare Recipes by Jessica Ress.
My heirloom roses are just blooming again. I can’t wait to get enough petals to make this! I love rosewater, but I have trouble finding one that is just roses and water. It seems a lot of brands add chemicals in their product.
Oh— your heirloom rosewater sounds like it will be divine!
Most brands will use some sort of preservative and many adulterate with other fillers to extend this expensive ingredient. A cosmetic grade distillation has a shelf life of about a year. It’s likely quite a bit less with a home brew. Store it in the fridge to help it last longer and sterilize the bottle you will store it in.