Rose water is supposed to be this miracle, natural toner that was invented by monks in the Middle East. It has a lot of beauty benefits for your skin, hair, body, etc. I put mine in a spray bottle and used it through out summer to fight my oily skin. It helped me a lot and it’s all natural!
DISCLAIMER: WASH YOUR DISHES WITH HOT WATER AFTER YOU COOK FLOWERS
(I’m no botanist, but I would think that this is a good idea.)
- Organic Roses from Whole Foods
- Wild roses would be better (NO PESTICIDES that’s why)
- Pot & Clear Lid
- Deep and big enough to fit a bowl inside, and rose petals
- Lid cannot be flat
- ABSOLUTELY NO PLASTIC BOWLS
- Small enough to fit in pot with the lid turned upside down
- Cubes, not crushed
- Let’s be eco-friendly and not use paper towels
- Glass Bottles/Jars
- You need to put the rose water in something
- Funnel or turkey baster
- This will make the process easier on you #yourewelcome
- Big spoon
Alright, when everything is gathered up, let’s get to cookin’!
Step 1: Break the roses and rinse
- Hold the stem in one hand and grab the whole flower in the other.
- Twist the whole flower off
- No, seriously. That’s it.
- Super easy. It just all comes off when you twist it.
- Rinse the petals or swish (gently!) petals in colander
- Just because it’s organic, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have pesticides on it
- I definitely DO NOT want pesticides on my face
- Rinsing it won’t get rid of all the pesticides, but it’ll wash off some
Step 2: Fill pot with water, rose petals, and bowl
- The order for this step doesn’t really matter
- Just put the bowl in the middle and sprinkle the roses around it
- Put enough to submerge most of the petals
Step 3: Put clear lid on (upside down) and turn on stove to low heat
- Yes, put the lid upside down.
- When you boil the roses with the lid on, it creates condensation and that’s the stuff you want. When you flip the lip, it’s concave, so now the condensation will slip with gravity and into the bowl. (Oh my gah! GENIUS!)
- It’s important that the bowl fits inside the pot with the lid on like this.
- Or else the rose water steam will escape and you’re wasting your time
- If your pot is deep, use another bowl to boost it up
- Hint: flip that extra bowl over to get more height
Step 4: Put ice on the lid, stir, and wait
- When it boils, turn heat even lower and let it stew.
- Put ice on top of the lid to quicken the condensation (Smart, eh?)
- Optional: stir the rose petals
Step 5: Turn off stove, wait some more, then extract rose water
- When the petals are pretty colorless, turn off stove
- The ice probably melted already, so use the towel to soak up water and put more ice on lid
- Use turkey baster to suck up the water and squirt it into your jars
Step 6: Enjoy!
- Optional: Collect the water the rose petals were soaking in. I don’t know what you’ll use that for, but Sarah put it in her bath.