How To Make Rose Water

June 19, 2008

Is it just me or is it a good year for the roses? Wherever I walk there seems to be an abundance of them.  My apothecary’s rose (rosa gallica officinalis) which is in the central bed of my herb garden is flowering like mad this year - it’s a very vivid pink and I’m not quite sure if I like that shade but it has many uses so it’s staying! (That’s it in the photo).

Rose Water for skincare uses

There are many variations on this recipe, the more complicated versions involve using a still to extract the distilled rose water vapour.

The recipe below is a much simpler version that I feel able to do!

rose petals

boiling water to cover with 1 to 2 inches above petals

Pour boiling water onto the rose petals in a saucepan and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. Strain petals out and bottle the liquid. This should keep in the refrigerator for about 1 week.

If you would like it to last longer, add 1 tbs of alcohol (eg vodka) to the mixture. This acts as a preservative and helps the scent last longer.

If you wanted to make this for culinary use, make sure you remove the bitter white heel before making the recipe.

Another simpler recipe is to have equal quantities (in cups) of purified water and rose petals. Pour the boiled water over the petals, allow to infuse for 2 days, stirring regularly. Strain and bottle. Keeps in refrigerator for about 1 week.

My daughters like to make rose ‘perfume’ by filling an old container with water then trying to squash as many rose petals into it as they can!  It smells okay for a while…..

If you want to listen to some more tips about roses, you can listen to my contribution to the Alternative Kitchen Garden Podcast from last June.

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