Why Rose Water?
It’s great to have a jar of Rose Water handy, because rose water has a host of benefits. The list of rose water benefits is long, and it has been studied heavily. The most common use is for pains related to the chest, but digestion is also treated with rose water. At blissani, we love rose water for its ability to reduce inflammation in skin. Native Americans used it as a treatment for menstrual bleeding and some folks have reported the vapors from rose water have helped them with migraines and headaches. Some reports indicate rose water can help with depression, but the pharmacological effects of rose water will require further study.
How to Use Rose Water?
Once you have your rose water, what will you do with it? The easiest way to enjoy the benefits of rose water is to place it into a spray bottle and use it as an all day toner. A quick face wash and a spritz of rose water is a nice treat on a hot day. You can also add rose water to a glass of iced tea with a bit of hibiscus. It’s delicious, but we would caution you to go easy on the amount of rose water you ingest. It is a laxative, and we’ll leave it at that.
As to making rose water it couldn’t be easier.
Ingredients for Rose Water
You will need
- A saucepan
- Distilled water
- 5 Rose blossoms (preferably organic
Steps to Make Rose Water
Step 1: Separate the rose petals from the stems and wash them gently.
Step 2: Place the rose petals into the bottom of your saucepan and cover them with distilled water, place enough water in the saucepan to cover all of the petals, and a little extra to simmer.
Step 3: Place the cover of your saucepan on, and boil the rose petals for 30 minutes, checking periodically to make sure there is enough distilled water in the saucepan to create the desired amount of rose water.
Step 4: Allow to cool to room temperature while in the saucepan. Place into a glass jar and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.
Optional Steps for Rose Water:
More Roses: You can make it stronger by adding more rose petals, but keep in mind the digestive and laxative effects of rose water as you do this.
Ice: If your saucepan cover can handle heat, place it upside down in step 3 so it forms a bowl over the rose petal mixture. Place ice in the bowl formed by the upside down cover and add more ice as it thaws during the boiling process. This aids with condensation during the boiling process and produces better results.
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