As fall approaches, rose season is coming to an end. The ones around my home are beginning to droop and lose their petals. This inspired me to learn how to make homemade rosewater from these pretty, fragrant petals before they’re all gone. Rosewater is used in beauty products, culinary dishes, and previously, even medicine. It’s moisturizing, refreshing, and fragrant, and thus the uses are nearly endless. I’m happy for any excuse to keep something floral in my life as summer comes to an end. I was pleasantly surprised by the simple steeping process. Here is how to make homemade rosewater and what you can use it for after.
1/3 c rose petals – it’s ideal to use garden or local farm roses to avoid pesticides
2/3 c distilled water
1. Pluck the petals off of the roses, the fresher the better. Place into a small pot.
2. Add distilled water. It should be just enough to cover the petals. Cover with a lid.
3. Over low-medium heat, simmer until the petals lose their colour. This takes approximately 20 minutes.
4. Strain liquid from the petals, and pour into a suitable container with a lid.
5. Store somewhere cool between uses. I keep mine in the fridge.
For beauty, you can use it as:
For food, try splashing some into:
-tea and iced tea
Or spray it onto sheets, pillow cases, and towels as a linen spray. Before you know it, you will be quickly whipping up another batch.
Do you have a favourite way to use rosewater?