Making rose water at home will link your natural pursuits to those of ancient physicians and apothecaries. It’s true. In reading this blog you may even discover a heightened appreciation for the Queen of Flowers, and her many uses. In our society, roses are ranked among the loveliest of flora and expose thoughts of passion and romance. One glance at a dozen long stemmed blossoms can elicit longing; at weddings rose petals spill across the aisle to symbolize love. Perhaps the love associations to roses may be attributed in part to the aphrodisiac qualities that roses possess. Yet, intimacies aside, roses have been long prized for other reasons. Would you believe that rose records date back to tablets found in Mesopotamia? Or that fossil dating places the Rosa species at approximately 40 million years old?
Benefits of rose water
Ancient civilizations utilized roses for tonics, medicines and beauty aids. The list of benefits is astoundingly comprehensive. From easing sore throats to clearing brain fog, roses are used for multiple health purposes.
Rose water is also known to be a highly effective sleep aid. Need a nap? Try steeping rose petals in hot water as a simple rose tea. On the occasion that I gave rose tea a whirl, a sitting-upright unplanned snooze was promptly initiated! Rose water or rose tea is definitely worth trying if you are struggling with any sort of insomnia or difficulty sleeping.
It’s no surprise that rose water is among the first pharmaceuticals when you consider the myriad of maladies that it counteracts, including:
- skin redness inflammation
- abdominal pain menstrual
- heart issues
- brain fogsore throat
- abdominal pain
How to make rose water
Have you ever wondered how to make rose water? Perhaps the best place to start is by uncovering the definition of the word decoction. Gosh, it sounds fairly scientific, are we sure we’re ready for this? Decoction is a term applied to the process of boiling a plant to extract medicinal value; this is the method used to create rose water.
While many countries produce rose water, the Middle East is a commanding force in the market. Not only is this region the largest grower of roses, it is also the largest producer and, not surprisingly, the largest consumer of rose water products.
The Qamsar region of Iran is an ideal region for growing roses and has been producing rose water for hundreds of years. Farms utilize large copper pots to boil the rose petals. These pots have special lids to collect condensation accumulated during boiling. Once boiling is complete, the rose water fluid is separated from the rose petals and bottled.
How to make rose water at home
If you are fortunate enough to have access to organic roses, making rose water at home is a worthwhile investment of time and rose petals. It is easy to make and you can store your rose water in a clear glass jar in your fridge.
The best roses to pick are ones that are free of decay. The ideal time to collect your roses is early in the day at the height of fragrance. Wait until the dew has dried and then gently prune them and collect them in a basket. You may want to have gardening gloves on to protect your skin from the thorns, which are the rose plant’s natural defense against herbivores. You will want to make sure your petals are clean and bug free. (Try this recipe for homemade natural bug spray)
How to dry rose petals
An unhurried method to dry rose petals is in a single layer on a piece of mesh in a dry area free of direct sunlight. You will need to flip your petals regularly and expect to wait about a week for your petals to be completely dry.
If you desire a faster process, you can spread your petals in a single layer on parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Bake at 175 Deg F until crisp, turning the petals every 10 min.
Keep a close eye on them to ensure they do not get overly crispy or burnt. You will likely bake them for a total of 15-30 min. Once your rose petals are dried you can store them in a sealed jar or canister, or you can make your rose water right away.
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- 2 cups of water
- 1⁄2 cup of dried rose petals- like these ones
For your decoction, use a mug that can hold a volume of more than 2.5 cups, such as a 24 oz vessel
- Add boiling water and dried roses to the mug.
- Wait while roses are brew
- Allow to cool completely
- Strain and put it in the bottle
How to use rose water spray at home
Use your rose water to make rose water spray by pouring it into a small clean spritz bottle. These are typically available at beauty supply stores or online. If you have more rose water than your bottle can hold, try freezing the remainder in ice cube trays as freezing extends the life of your rose water. Keep your rose water spray in your fridge.
You will love having rose water on hand. Try spraying it on your face before bed, spritz your room or pillows with it for aromatherapy. Saturate cotton balls and place them on your eyes to reduce puffiness.
Spray it on bugbites to soothe and clean them. Spray it through your hair to increase shine, or put it in your smoothies for added nourishment.
It can also be used in countless cocktail and summer drinks recipes, as well as for a natural facial toner , within body moisturizer and as an all-natural room spray.
Spray it in the car to keep you relaxed on the road, or use it as a body spray on date night. This ancient aromatic medicine may just become the crowning remedy in your homemade apothecary.
FAQ about homemade rose water
The best roses for making rose water are the Rosa damascena, Rosa centifolia and Rosa gallica species. All three of these are edible so you can use them in tea and cooking.
About 2 weeks in the fridge. If kept in the bathroom it will last 3-4 days. If you end up with more rose water than you can use try adding it to your bath or freezing it in an ice cube tray for later use.
The quality of your rose water will depend not only on the quality of your rose petals but the quality of the water you use. If you don’t have access to distilled water then try using a water filter like a Brita filter to remove impurities from the water.