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DIY rose-water because…..well…..I LOVE ROSE WATER!
Rose water has moisturizing and anti inflammatory properties making it refreshing on hot days – use it on your face as a toner – put some in your bath water – use it to mop your floor – pour some into your rainbow vacuum water – use it to freshen up bedding or furniture – want a natural perfume? bam rose-water – or even use it to cleanse unwanted / stagnant energy!
It can also be used to flavor certain dishes such as tea or lemonade (but I find myself using it most frequently in my skin care routine.
To make rose-water you will need to choose a rose that is fragrant. (I used (what I believe is) pink fragrant roses originally from the Hand Rose Farm in Tyler, TX)
Pluck the petals from the roses – discard the bulb and stems.
Place the rose petals in a large pot and fill with just enough purified/distilled water to cover the rose petals – too much water will dilute the rose-water and you want it to smell as strong as possible.
Place a heat safe bowl in the center of the petals, and cover the pot with a lid.
Place on a medium heat.
As the petals simmer, steam will collect on the lid of the pot and drip into the bowl – that rose-water will be a more pure form than the rose-water that is in the pot (but the rose-water in the pot is still good stuff).
Simmer until the petals lose their color.
Drain/strain the liquid into a jar and voilà! That is your rose-water!
Store in the refrigerator.