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HANDMADE ROSE WATER
Pure rose water is distilled from rose petals and has been used for thousands
of years, both for its lovely scent and for medicinal and culinary purposes. As
an herb, rose is cooling, soothing, anti-inflammatory, and astringent. As a skin
tonic, it tightens pores, smooths fine lines, balances the skin’s pH, and slows
the aging process. Like other floral waters, rose water is used in a variety of
bath and beauty products, including as a facial toner, to soothe tired or puffy
eyes, to help remove makeup, and as an ingredient in lotions, creams, face masks,
hair rinses, shampoos, sprays, and perfumes. While you can certainly purchase
rose water, you can also make it yourself if you have access to fresh, organic
roses. The best way to harvest them is to snip the flower heads of newly opened
blooms early in the morning, before the sun has baked away their oils. If you
choose to buy rose petals instead, look for organic ones to ensure your final
product is pesticide-free.
INGREDIENTS AND MATERIALS
Large canning jar ring
Small heat-safe bowl (stainless steel or glass)
6 to 8 cups fresh, organic roses Distilled water
2 to 3 trays full of ice cubes
Turkey baster or large serving spoon
1. Position the canning jar ring in the center of a stockpot. Place the heat-safe bowl on top of the ring.
2. Put the roses in the stockpot, scattering them around the jar ring and bowl. Continue
to layer the roses until they’re at about the height of the bottom of the bowl. Pour
the distilled water into the stockpot around the sides of the bowl, submerging the
rose petals. The water level should be at least a couple of inches below the rim
of the bowl. Place the lid on the pot upside down, so that the handle in the
center is pointing toward the bowl.
3. Turn the heat to medium-high and bring the water to a boil. Once the water is boiling,
reduce the heat to a low simmer and fill the inverted pot lid with several handfuls
of ice. You’ve now created a home still: As the water boils, steam will rise, hit
the top of the pot lid, condense because of the cold temperature of the ice, flow
to the center of the lid, and drop into the bowl. As the ice melts, use a turkey
baster or large serving spoon to remove the cold water. Continue removing water
and adding ice for 20 minutes or so, or until most of the water around the base
of the bowl is gone. Remove the pot from the heat and allow it to cool to room
temperature. Carefully remove the lid and transfer the rose water from the bowl to
a clean glass jar. Seal with an airtight lid and store in a cool, dark place for
up to a year.
NOTE You can use this process to make any type of floral water, including chamomile,
geranium, lavender, lemon balm, lemon verbena, rosemary, thyme, and peppermint.