Rose water could be considered the Swiss army knife of flower waters, as it can be used by everyone for a variety of different uses. For example, you can use it to give a boost to your skin, as it can soften and hydrate the most thirsty, dry and sensitive skin types, all the while adding a blast of freshness. It can also tone your skin and help fight against wrinkles. Combination to oily skin will simply love its astringent and regulatory properties. In short, all skin types love it, and it doesn’t stop there, as you can also use it on your hair to fight against dandruff and stimulate hair growth. Rose water adds a delicious sweet taste to cakes and pastries, and you can even drink it to combat stress and to calm a bout of coughing. To make your own, just follow these simple steps.
What you need:
- Two handfuls of rose petals from the garden (not ones full of pesticides from the florists)
- Distilled water
- A flask to contain the water (with a spray attachment if possible)
1) Put the rose petals into a pot after having washed them.
2) Pour the distilled water over them. Add just enough to cover the petals. There is no point in adding too much water, as the result will be too diluted.
3) Gently heat the water, but don’t bring it to the boil, in order to avoid losing the sweet scent of the rose petals.
4) Heat the mixture for approximately 45 minutes to an hour. The petals should lose their colour and the rose oil should rise to the top.
5) Leave it to cool, strain it and transfer it to your flask.