DIY: How to make chemical-free rose water at home
The elixir of beauty and health can be made very easily in the comfort of your home.
Rose is considered from the earliest time as the holy grail for beauty and health. Do you know Cleopatra, who was considered the most celebrated beauty of ancient times, used rose water on her skin as a toner? Even today, skin specialist and dermatologist recommend organic rose water to get rid of various skin ailments, inflammation. Also, rose water is known for its medicinal properties as it is helpful in easing anxiety and digestion (no wonder Michelangelo added rose water in his daily tea). The market nowadays is full of rose water from different brands and boosts of different health and beauty benefits. But what if I tell you that you can make rose water at the comfort of your home at a fraction of the cost? Surprised? Don’t be; just follow these simple steps and make your own bottle of rose water.
Which roses are used to make rose water?
- Damask roses
Jacques Cartier, Madam Hardy, Leda, Hebe’s lip
- Moss roses
Henri Martin, William Lobb
- Others roses
Madame Isaac Pereira, Reine des Violette.
There are two ways with which you can make rose water at home by the simmering method and the distilling method. The distilling method is a bit complicated than the simmering method, so we would learn the simplest way.
- Pick up the fresh, pesticide-free rose. You can ask your florist for help in selecting.
- For rosewater, clean the rose and pick only the petal. Keep stems and leaves aside.
- Wash your rose petals thoroughly and check for any bugs.
- Now take a large bowl and put in the distilled water and petals. Keep in mind that water should be covering the petals, not more than that.
- Cover the pot and let the water boil.
- After the water boils over, slow down the heat. Let it simmer down till the petals have lost their colour.
- Don’t take off the lid during the boiling and simmering process. Keep in mind that water should not be boiling hot or steaming hot.
- You would see rose oil floating on the surface, turn the heat off.
- Let it cool off and strain the water in a container. For your rose water to last longer, store it in the refrigerator.
Here is the simple and chemical-free method of making rose water at home. So, what are you waiting for?