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How to Make Rose Water at Home 2 Ways - Easy DIY Rosewater Recipe
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How to Make Rose Water at Home

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.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Steeping Time/Distillation Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Condiments
Cuisine: Persian
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 9kcal
Author: Kristen Wood


  • Edible Rose Petals


  • 1 cup dried rose petals or 2 cups fresh rose petals
  • 5 cups distilled water


Simmering Method

  • 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!

Distillation Method

  • 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!


Please see the full post above this recipe card for TONS of information and answers to many questions you may have!
FYI: The simmering method results in rose water with a reddish hue and the distillation method results in a clear rose water.
You might like: Edible Roses.
Also see: Elderflower Cordial.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 9kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 2mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 2mg