Rose water is simple to make and has many benefits for summer sensitive skin. Not only is it effective at revitalizing and cooling the skin, it also acts a natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agent and has anti-bacterial properties as well. Personally I love the way rose water smells and I like keeping some on hand in the refrigerator to use as a refreshing spray for my face when out in the garden.
Today I will show you how easy it is to make your own rose water in just a few simple steps.
What you Need to make Rose Water
Three ingredients: fresh, (preferably) organically grown roses or your own chemically untreated roses from the garden, a large pot and distilled water.
There are a few ways to make rose water. The simplest way is this basic method which I choose to use. You can make purer rose water by collecting only the steam from roses. While the basic method is less pure, it is still very effective and takes a lot less time.
Start by collecting the petals from your roses by removing the bulbs and stems. If you are using roses purchased from your florist, rinse the petals in cool water first to be sure to get rid of any possible chemicals.
Place about 1 to 1-1/2 packed cups of rose petals in a large pot and fill with distilled water. Use just enough water to cover the petals. If you use too much water the results will be too diluted. Bring to a boil, stirring a few times. Cover with a tight lid and let simmer.
Turn off the heat and let the rose water cool completely; drain the liquid into a jar or spritzer bottle. Store in a cool place, or in the refrigerator. Rose water will keep for 7 days at room temperature or about a month in the refrigerator. Give your skin a spritz whenever you need a light and refreshing little pick me up.
Taking It A Step Further
~Add a few drops of essential rose oil to your rose water for an even more intensified blend.
~Add 4-5 drops of jojoba oil or a 1/4 tsp. glycerin to help skin retain moisture.
~Add to your bath to provide a soothing aroma
~Spray over your bed sheets for a lovely scent