How to make diy rose water and floral hydrosol recipe
Indulge in your space and elevate your senses with this simple and beautiful diy rose water and floral hydrosol recipe. All you need is a few roses and you’re on your way to being uplifted!
I have always drawn to luxury rose water recipes and beauty regimens. I always have a bottle of rose water to make my rose water matcha tea, or a luxury facial mist at anytime.. They are tranquil, refreshing, and uplifting.
Roses are so beautiful they have a built-in protection mechanism (thorns), roses are popular for their beauty, but also their healing properties. They are a symbol of love, and authentic rose products have an extremely high vibration. Everything on earth is made of energy and therefore vibrates within a certain frequency. I am a firm believer that you can raise your own through what you experience within your environment. With an abundance of roses in and around our home this week, I decided to try and make rose water for the first time.
We are extremely blessed with several rose bushes in our yard, which have just recently bloomed. I am truly in awe of their beauty, silky petals, and aromatic scent. We have pink, red and yellow roses. To make this rose water, I picked two of our fullest roses from our garden, first thing in the morning, so I know that they are most fragrant, and 100% organic. If you are lucky enough to have a rose bush, show gratitude by taking the time to smell the roses, and be humbled and share their beauty, by using their fragrant petal properties to make some magical rose water.
In addition to rose water, you can use this method for any edible and safe flower. Other favorites are lavender, Neroli, or geranium hydrofoil. If you are lucky enough to make a neroli (orange blossom) hydrosol, be sure to visit my post on Mango, bergamot and orange blossom floral smoothie.
I opted to use the simmering method to prepare this batch of rose water. This method is optimal when preparing recipes or sprays that you will use within one month.
What is rose water?
Rose water can be made by creating a simple infusion of rose petals into water, like tea.
Rose and floral hydrosols, are made by distillation. Water vapor moves through rose petals, and when the vapor is cooled, the condensation is called a hydrosol. In this case, I’m using roses to make rose hydrosol. I use this the same way as I would rose infused water.
What is a hydrosol?
A hydrosol is the floral water that remains through a steam distillation of plant material. Rose water can be a form of hydrosol. Since I am often trimming roses from the garden and don’t like to see them go to waste, I thought this would be a good time to make a hydrosol.
While most people can find rose water, it’s so nice to know how to make your own. Many grocery and beauty stores carry rose water. It’s important to check ingredients to be certain it’s culinary grade and appropriate for consumption if you plan to use it in recipes. Store bought rose water may have natural preservative, which is safe for use and consumption.
I personally do not add any natural preservatives into my rose water or hydrosols, as I use them quickly and use clean bottles for storage.
And did you know that you can use any fragrant herb or flower from your garden to make your own hydrosol?
Simply collect your roses or plant material. If you’re using your plant matter fresh from the garden, gently clean it and remove any dirt or bugs and let’s get started!
A hydrosol is the floral water that remains through a steam distillation of plant material. Rose water can be a form of hydrosol. Since I am often trimming roses from the garden and don't like to see them go to waste, I thought this would be a good time to make a rose water / hydrosol.
- Organic rose petals (dried or fresh)
- Large pot with lid
- Medium heat proof bowl and or strainer (see instructions)
- Strainer if available, or something heat proof to prevent your
- Clean bottle to store rose water in
Place 2 liters of water in the bottom of a large pot.
Add the rose petals either directly in the water, which is what I did. If you have one, use a pot with a built in strainer that will allow water vapor to rise through the petals. A pasta steamer works well for this as well.
Clear rose petals out of the way, and place a medium heat safe bowl directly into the water over someething heat safe that will preven it from touching the bottom of your pan. I use a glass bowl that is sized so that it will not touch the bottom, but still fits in my pan.
Place an upside down lid on top of the pot. If you have one, avoid a glass lid, as glass may break into your rose water when you place ice due to temperature differences.
Turn on your heat to boil the water and produce steam.
When your water is bubbling, add ice on top of your inverted lid.
Fill the inverted lid with ice.
Water vapor should rise and condense there due to the coldness from the ice.
The condensation should collect in the bowl in the center of your pot.
Continue until you've collected as much rose water as you'd like, making sure all of your water does not evaporate, causing your petals to burn.
Turn off heat and keep lid until temperature of pot and lid have coold.
Once cooled, remove your bowl of rose hydrosol/water and pour into a clean bottle of choice.
If desired, add in natural preservatives of choice.
Otherwise, use rose water within one month.
This diy rose water can be used in homemade cosmetics, and also to enhance food and drink recipes.
Rose water mist spray:
Fill a small amber bottle with your homemade rosewater, leaving a small amount of room for some oils. If you need an amber bottle, you can find them here. Amber bottles are recommended are all of the ingredients in this face spray are plant ingredients. The dark bottle protects your precious water from UV damage. Keep in glassy, chemicals in plastic can be absorbed into your skin, so we always recommend storing products in glass.
Add 10 drops Cucumber Seed Oil. Cucumber seed oil is not only extremely refreshing, and compliments the lovely rose scent, it is also rich in vitamins B and C, essential fatty acid and minerals, making it highly beneficial for skin and hair.
Add 5 drops Tea Tree Organic Essential Oil: Tea tree oil helps irritated skin by treating redness and restoring smoothness. It is well known for it’s calming scent, and ability to correct skin imperfections and spots from overexposure to the sun.
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