Soothing Cooling Tired Eyes: Mildly soak sterile cotton swabs in rosewater and place it over your eyes for a soothing, cooling and relaxing effect.
Dark Circles Under Eyes: Banish those dark circles by smearing rosewater under the eyes, morning and night.
How To Make Rosewater – Two Methods: Fast, from Essential Oil or traditionally from Fresh Rose Petals.
Rosewater can be expensive and difficult to find, but luckily, it is easy to make. If you choose to do this, be certain that you are prepared to create a sterile product much as you would in canning your own foods for later use.
Once you have your rosewater, you can use it for many wonderful things!
Fast Easy Rosewater Made From Essential Rose Oil
- In addition to the rose essential oil,
- 2 Teaspoons Vodka
- distilled water,
- a glass jar (mason type jar) that holds about 2 ½ cups of fluid.
- Fill the jar with 2 cups of water. Be sure to use distilled water instead of tap water; tap water often has bacteria in it. If you cannot find distilled water anywhere, then use some filtered boiled tap water and let it cool back down to room temperature. In either case boil the water (even the distilled) to be sure it is sterile.
- Add 12 drops of rose essential oil.You will have to dilute this in a couple of teaspoons of vodka first or it will just float on top of the oil. Make sure that you are using pure essential oil, and not fragrance oil. Fragrance oil will only give you the smell, and none of the benefits found in roses and pure essential oils.
- Close the jar tightly and shake it. Do this for a few moment to mix the oil into the water.
- The jar and the lid should also be heated for 10 min in boiling water (before filling) to be sure they are sterile (much like canning food).
Fresh Petal Based Rosewater
- 1 cup rose petals (about 2 roses)
- 2 cups distilled water
- 2 teaspoons vodka
- Process: The fresher your roses are, the better results you will get. Try to use just one type of rose; each type has its distinctive smell, and you may not get good-smelling results by mixing them. Be sure to rinse the rose well to get rid of any dirt, insects, and pesticides. Discard any petals that have even the slightest signs of blemishes or discoloration! This may be the sign of molds or fungus that must NOT be in your rosewater.
- Pull the petals off and discard the rest of the rose. You will need enough petals to fill one cup. This should take about two roses, depending on the size of the rose.
- Place the petals into a saucepan and pour water over them. Make sure that the petals are evenly distributed, and that the water level does not come too far past the petals. If you use too much water, your rosewater will be less fragrant.
- We strongly advise adding two teaspoons of vodka. This will not affect the smell, but it will help preserve the rosewater and make it last longer. Add the vodka just before storing the rosewater in its jar for refrigeration.
- Cover the pot with a lid and set the heat to “low.” Do not let the water come to a boil or a simmer; using too much heat will ruin the color and other properties. Keep at just below boiling for about 20 minutes. This will extract the essence and sterilize the solution.
- After about 20 minutes, you will see the petals become paler, and the water take on the color of the petals.
- Before putting anything into the storage jar, be sure that the jar and cap and strainer you will use, have been heated in boiling water (or steamed) for 10 min to be sure they are sterile (just as you would do if canning food).
- Place a strainer over the sterile jar. Make sure that the jar is very clean, and that it is big enough to hold about 2 cups of water. You will be using the strainer to catch the petals.
- Pour the rosewater into the jar. The water will pass through the strainer, and the petals will get caught in it.
- Consider filling a smaller heat sterilized bottle with some of the rosewater. A smaller bottle will be easier to handle than a large jar. When you run out of rosewater, simply refill it with more rosewater from the big jar.
- Store your rosewater in the refrigerator (this is a must!). Plain rosewater will keep about one week in the fridge. With the added vodka (which is strongly recommended), it should last up to two weeks. We always recommend the addition of 2 teaspoons of vodka.
By Dr Anuja Joshi, Holistic Vision Care, Brewster NY
NOTE: none of these items should be kept longer than recommended to avoid bacterial growth. Discolored rose petals may be a sign of bacterial growth and should be strong reason to NOT use them for the preparation. Commercial preparations are available but will contain preservatives which may are not ideal.