Naturally anti-bacterial, full of anti-aging benefits, and rich in antioxidants, rose water is one of the best natural beauty ingredients that is being used since ancient times. The use of this fragrant flower water might have originated in Iran. And during the course of time, it has been used for many purposes around the world. It has been used as a natural emollient in many cosmetics, as a component of perfume, against skin problems, and even as a medicine. A holy-grail product that can instantly freshen up your face and can be used as a toner and even in face packs, rose water is a beauty must-have. Do you spend a lot of money buying bottles of rose water from reputed beauty brands? Then you must be allured to know that this divine-smelling water can also be made at home. Scroll down below and know everything about how to make rose water in a very authentic way. It smells heavenly and works wonders.
What Is Rose Water?
Rose water is nothing but a flavored liquid made with only water and roses. It is generally made by steeping the rose petals in water. You just need to distill some rose petals with steam and nothing else. Filled with antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties, rose water can be used for skincare, haircare, and even culinary purposes. It is hydrating, cooling, and refreshing – everything that you need in your beauty product. And the best thing about it is that it is so easy to DIY. You really need to know how to make rose water at home because it is the most inexpensive way to make your own beauty staple all by yourself. Choose the roses carefully and you are ready to make your homemade rose water just following some very easy steps.
Benefits Of Using Rose Water:
Are you yet doubtful about whether you should add rose water to your daily beauty care and wellness regime or not? Then you must check out these wonderful benefits of this fragrant floral water in the very first place.
- i) It helps to soothe irritated skin.
- ii) Its anti-inflammatory property effectively reduces redness and swelling of the face.
- iii) You can use it for its antiseptic properties.
- iv) Being full of powerful antioxidant properties, rose water keeps your skin young and rejuvenated.
- v) Reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
- vi) Effectively balances the pH level of the skin.
- vii) Heals cuts, burns, wounds, and scars.
- viii) It also has a de-stressing effect and enhances your mood.
- ix) Hydrates your skin.
- x) Adds shine to your hair too and makes it more manageable.
- xi) Soothes itchy scalp and reduces dandruff.
- xii) Smelling rose water reduces the chances of headaches and can even soothe stuffy sinus tissues.
Do we need to say more? This empress of the flower has so many therapeutic properties and has enough benefits for your health. And a bottle of homemade rose water can come really handy when you want to include the wonder water in your daily wellness regime.
Why Make Rose Water At Home:
First of all, it is cost-effective. The price you pay to buy store-bought floral water is far higher than the money you need to make homemade rose water. You only need distilled water and fresh or dried rose petals and nothing else. And secondly, a homemade version of rose water is free from any chemicals, preservatives, and artificial fragrance. So, you see, there are enough reasons to switch to DIY rose water, right?
Choosing The Right Rose Petals:
Obviously, not everyone has a garden full of rose flowers. But when we are talking about how to make rose water at home, we will definitely require some fresh organic roses. You need to buy roses that are free from any chemicals and pesticides. The best types of roses to take are Rosa damascena and Rosa centifolia. If you want strong color and strong fragrance in your water, lean toward the red and pink roses. Otherwise, white and yellow colored roses can also be used.
Can You Use Dried Rose Petals:
Yes, dried petals can also be used to make DIY rose water, as long as they are chemical-free, pesticide-free, and herbicide-free.
How To Make Rose Water At Home With Fresh Or Dried Rose Petals:
How To Make Rose Water At Home: The Simmering Method:
Things You Need:
- Organic rose petal or dried rose petal (of 7 to 8 flowers). Use the petals only, the stems and stamen must be discarded.
- Distilled water 1.5 liters
- Wash the petals thoroughly to remove all the dirt with lukewarm water after removing the petals from stems.
- Now put all the petals in a large pot and pour in distilled water. Do not over-pour it. Just pour it until all the petals are fully covered.
- Cover the pot and put it on heat. Let it simmer on medium-low heat for around 20 – 30 minutes.
- By this time, the petals will lose all the color and the water will turn into pale pink. You will also see the essential oil of the flowers on the surface of the water.
- Now strain the liquid and discard the petals.
- Your floral water is ready to be stored and used.
- When stored in a jar or spray bottle and kept in the refrigerator it will last for about one month. If stored outside the fridge, use it within a week.
How To Make Rose Water At Home: The Crushing Method:
This method is somewhat similar to the simmering method but here you will crush the petals with a mortar and pestle before pouring water into it.
Things You Need:
- Organic Rose Petal or Dried Rose Petal (of 7 to 8 flowers). Use the petals only, the stems and stamen must be discarded.
- Distilled Water (just enough to cover the petals in the pot).
- Take out all the petals and cleanse them with tap water to get rid of any impurities.
- Now take them in a pot and crush them with the help of a pestle and mortar.
- You will see some crushed juice and also crushed petals. Now give some time (about 2 to 3 hours) for the juice to thicken. You can also divide the petals into two halves. And crush the first halves to extract the juice. When the juice has started to thicken, you can mix in the second pile of petals with it. It will give your floral water a more consistent color.
- Now, take out the petals and juice in a ceramic saucepan and add distilled water to it until the petals are covered.
- Simmer the mixture over low heat for about 15 to 20 minutes and strain the mixture to store it in a glass jar.
To draw out all the natural oil from the water, you can keep the sealed jar at a sunny spot for about 3 hours.
How To Make Rose Water At Home: The Distilling Method:
Lastly, coming to the distilling method which is the most traditional way of making rose water at home and it is the most time-consuming one. But at the same time, it locks in the highest amount of nutrients from the rose petals and has more benefits for your skin and hair.
Things You Need:
- Petals of 3 to 4 organic fresh or dried red or pink roses
- Ice cubes
- Distilled Water (Just to cover the rose petals completely)
- Remove all the petals from the flowers and clean them under running water to get rid of any dirt or bad residue.
- Now take a large pot and a ceramic small saucer to place that in the middle of that large pot. If your ceramic saucer is heat tolerant, that will be the best thing. If your saucer is not heat-tolerant, place a stone in the pot first and then put the saucer onto that.
- Take the petals and arrange them on the large pot around the stone or around the ceramic saucer if you are not using stone. You must not put any petal into the small bowl.
- Now pour in distilled water just to cover those rose petals.
- Now you have to take the lid of the large pot and place it onto the pot upside down. Or say, in the inverted position. Add ice cubes on the top of the inverted lid.
- This preparation is done so that, the lid can trap all the steam and can transfer it inside the pot. And ice cubes are used to condense the steam and accelerate the process of dripping of concentrated rose water into the ceramic saucer.
- Now put the large pot and the whole thing on the burner and simmer it on low heat for about 30 minutes. You will require to keep on adding more ice cubes as the previous ones keep melting.
- When the process is finished, turn off the heat and wait for some time till the mixture is completely cooled off. Then remove the lid after all the water has dripped into the bowl.
- You have just made the purest form of rose water all by yourself. Just strain and store the water in a glass jar.
- When prepared following this method, this water will last up to 6 months when stored in the refrigerator.
We hope that you have rightly learned about how to make rose water at home. You can use your rose water as a face toner. You can use it as a cooling mist. Spritz some rose water on your bed linens to keep them fresh too. Reap all the benefits of rose water and feel all refreshed.