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How to make rose water at home! An easy DIY rose water recipe that can be used for culinary purposes, skincare and more! We offer two methods for making homemade rosewater in this post.
Love the fragrance and flavor of roses but don't want to spend a fortune on rose water? You can make your own rose water at home with just a few simple ingredients. In this blog post, we will show you two ways to make rose water – one using the distillation method and one using the simmering method.
🌹 What is Rose Water?
Rose water is the natural byproduct of steeping rose petals in water or distilling rose petals in steam. Rose water has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, which is relevant whether you use rosewater for culinary uses or skincare applications.
📜 What is the History of Rose Water?
The rose has long been associated with love, beauty, and happiness. It's no wonder that rose water is such a popular ingredient in perfumes. Rose water can be traced back to ancient times when it was used for religious ceremonies and medicinal purposes by the Egyptians. In medieval times, rose water was used for everything from bathing to infusing marzipan treats. Nearly every culture has a particular culinary use for rosewater!
❤️ Why You'll Love This Recipe
- It's easy to make.
- It's affordable.
- Rose water has many health benefits.
- It smells amazing!
✔️ What Are Some Benefits of Using Rose Water?
- Soothes sunburns and skin irritations, including acne, eczema, dandruff and rosacea.
- Has natural anti-inflammatory properties.
- Has antiseptic properties.
- Is great for adding a rose scent to homemade beauty products.
- Adds a beautiful fragrance and flavor to culinary creations.
🗒️ Ingredient Notes
Rose petals: You can use fresh or dried rose petals to make rose water. If you're using fresh rose petals, be sure to wash them well before using them. If using for culinary/internal use, especially opt for organic, culinary-grade rose petals.
Distilled water: Distilled water is preferable for making rose water because it has a higher pH level and is free of contaminants. You can find distilled water at most grocery stores or drugstores.
♨️ How to Make Rose Water – Two Ways!
Method One: Simmering Rose Water
Equipment Needed for Simmering Method Homemade Rose Water
- 1 cup measuring cup
- 1 cup dried rose petals or 2 cups fresh petals
- 5 cups of water
Instructions: Simmering Method Rose Water
Step 1. Add 1 cup dried rose petals or 2 cups fresh petals (if using fresh, rinse to remove bugs and dirt – only use organic to avoid pesticides) to a saucepan with 5 cups of water.
Step 2. Bring to a boil
Step 3. Once it has come to a boil, reduce to simmer, and simmer for 20 minutes.
Step 4. Turn off heat and let sit for 1 hour before straining the liquid and bottling. Cheesecloth, a nut milk bag or a metal fine mesh sieve work well for straining.
Method 2: Distilling Rose Water
Equipment Needed for Distilling Method Homemade Rose Water
- heat-proof bowl
- large pot with lid
- 5 cups of water
- 1 cup dried rose petals or 2 cups fresh petals
Instructions: Distilling Method Rose Water
Step 1. Place a heat-proof bowl in the center of a large pot.
Step 2. Add rose petals and water to the pot around the bowl (make sure to not get anything inside of the bowl).
Step 3. Place the pot’s lids on upside down, then bring the water to a boil.
Step 4. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer, and add some ice to the top of the lid.
Step 5. As the ice melts, pour off the water and add more ice.
Step 6. Continue this process until the color from the petals fades and some clean clear rose water has collected inside the bowl.
Step 7. Allow everything to cool before bottling and using.
🎂 How to Use Rose Water
Rose water is great for adding a rose scent to your homemade beauty products. It's also great added to body and face mists, rosewater milk, rosewater toner recipes, rose water hydrosol sprays (or just as a rose spray), and more.
It can be used to soothe sunburns, skin irritations, and other minor ailments.
It can also be used for aromatherapy uses and can be a great mood enhancer.
There are so many different ways you can enjoy this beautiful floral water, both externally and internally!
🧴How to Store Rose Water
Store rose water in a lidded glass bottle or glass jar in a refrigerator or cool, dry place for up to one year.
Homemade rose water will last for up to a year when stored in a cool, dark place. If it starts to form crystals or the natural oils separate from the rose water, it's time to toss it out.
Yes, rose petals and rosebuds can be used interchangeably, though the sepals (green part at base of petals) will offer a slightly different, but still delicious, flavor that is noticeable in culinary use. You'll need twice as many rosebuds by volume than rose petals because rose buds are denser.
Yes, you can use either fresh or dried rose petals to make homemade rosewater.
Rosewater is great for all skin types, including sensitive and acne-prone skin. Rose water can also help to restore the pH balance of your skin after using harsh cleansers. It's also a great way to cool down your skin in the summertime.
Yes, rosewater can be used as a facial toner. Simply dab some onto the skin using a cotton pad or apply with a fine mist spray bottle.
Rose petals are simply the rose flowers that have been removed from their stems.
🥀 Rose Water Infused Recipes
Give these two simple recipes a try and see which one works best for you!
How to Make Rose Water at Home
- 1 cup dried rose petals or 2 cups fresh rose petals
- 5 cups distilled water
- Add the rose petals to a saucepan, then cover with the water.
- Turn the heat to high and bring to a boil.
- Once boiling, turn the heat to simmer and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and let sit and steep for 1 hour.
- Strain, bottle and enjoy!
- Place a heat-proof bowl in the center of a large pot.
- Add the rose petals and water to the pot around the bowl (make sure to not get anything inside of the bowl).
- Place the pot’s lid on upside down, then bring the water to a boil.
- Once boiling, reduce to a simmer, and add some ice to the top of the lid.
- As the ice melts, pour off the water and add more ice.
- Continue this process until the color from the petals fade and some clean and clear rose water has collected inside the bowl.
- Allow everything to cool before bottling and using. Enjoy!