How to make rose water, you always wondered? A sweet-scented liquid created from water and rose petals is called rose water. In the Middle East, since the 7th century, rose water is used as a medicine due to its health benefits, but also as a perfume. Rose water is also used during a meal preparation process.
This liquid is safe and it is considered to be a powerful antioxidant. The recent analysis noted that it may help with relaxing the central nervous system.
In this article, we have gathered information about rose water and its benefits for skin, respiratory system, and bran. Follow the next steps if you want to find out how to make your homemade rose water.
CHOOSING ROSE PETALS
The first step is to choose pesticide and chemical-free roses for your homemade rose water. When you decide to select organic roses, you may move to the next step and determine which type of roses you will use during the process. The advice is to select English or French roses due to their richness in numbers of petals.
The next decision might consider the color of roses you will use during the process. While making this decision keep in mind that red and pink roses have an intense scent, while yellow, white, and orange roses bring a fresh lemon-like aroma.
THREE METHODS OF MAKING ROSE WATER
There are three techniques you may consider using while making homemade rose water. These methods are simmering, distilling, and crushing method.
HOW TO MAKE ROSE WATER BY SIMMERING
Simmering is the most straightforward technique to make rose water. For this action, you will need one large pot with the lid, a strainer, one sealed container, rose petals, and distilled water.
STEP 1: PREPARE THE PETALS
Remove the petals from the stems until you have one cup full of fresh petals. Consider cleaning the petals if needed using the tap water to remove dirt or bugs.
STEP 2: START SIMMERING
Cover the petals with distilled water in the large pot.Place the pot on the stove and bring the water to a simmer on medium heat. Once it starts simmering, cover the pot with a lid, and reduce the stove to a lower setting.
STEP 3: KNOW WHEN IT’S READY
Leave it until the petals have lost their color. Turn the heat off, leave the lid on the pot, and let it cool completely.
STEP 4: STORE ROSE PETAL WATER
Strain the mixture.Place rose water in a sealed container. Keep in a cool place away from direct sunlight.
HOW TO MAKE ROSE WATER BY DISTILLING
The more conventional way of making rose water is called distilling. The process will take more of your time than the simmering approach, but the product will be clearer. You will need a large pot with a lid, a strainer, a sealed container, a heat-tolerant bowl, rose petals, ice, and distilled water.
STEP 1: PREPARATION
Remove the petals from the stems and clean them. Place a heat-tolerant bowl in the center of a large pot.Position petals into the pot and around the bowl before adding the distilled water.
STEP 2: DISTILLING PROCESS
Take the pot lid and face it upside down and place it onto the pot. The lid is used to trap steam inside the pot. Put the ice on top of the lid.
As the ice starts to melt, remove the water from the lid and add more ice. Once the water inside the pot starts to boil, reduce the heat and allow the water to simmer.
STEP 3: STORAGE
Pour rose water into a sealed container.
HOW TO MAKE ROSE WATER BY CRUSHING THE PETALS
This method is ideal if you want to create a larger amount of rose water. Prepare one large pot, a strainer and a mortar and pestle, petals, and distilled water.
STEP 1: PREPARATION
Remove the petals from the stems and clean them. Separate petals into two similar piles and then crush the first pile in the mortar and pestle to extract the juice. You will need the second later for coloring rose water.
STEP 2: EXTRACTION AND STORAGE
Put the crushed petal liquid and mix it with the petals from the second pile into a bowl and let it sit for one day at room temperature, on the sunlight.
Place the mixture in a ceramic saucepan. Set the heat to low and bring it to a simmer. When you see bubbles, move the saucepan from the stove and transfer the rose water through a strainer into a container.
HOW TO USE HOMEMADE ROSE WATER
Rose water has many benefits, and it can be widely used in daily skin routine and meal preparation. If you enjoy soothing baths, you may consider adding rose water to them for better hydration and relaxing effects. In case you want to achieve a natural scent on your skin, you can blend rose water with various essential oils, and you will have an original long-lasting perfume. Mixing rose water with apple cider vinegar can soothe skin irritations such as eczema or even sunburn. Rose water is perfectly mixed with cold and hot beverages like tea and lemonade, and it will supply your drinks with minerals that the body needs.