Spring is in full bloom and summer officially starts this weekend. My old-fashioned rose bush has been in full bloom for several weeks and I have been busy collecting all of the rose petals I have room to dry! Today I made this year’s first batch of rose water that will be used to make my Rose Petals soap.
I was thinking this would be the perfect opportunity to take you along for the process. I just REALLY wish you could smell these petals! They smell heavenly.
There are two ways to make rose water and two ways to use the rose petals. You can distill the rose water (which is a little more involved) or you can boil the rose petals in distilled water. You can also use dried OR fresh rose petals. I’ve used both and today I decided to use the fresh petals because I literally just picked them this morning.
First, I place about 3 quarts of the petals in a large pot and add just enough distilled water to cover them. I don’t want to add too much water or it will dilute the rose water. Next, I bring it to a boil, turn down the heat and let in simmer for 20-30 minutes.
Rose water has strong anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and can be used to help with eczema and rosacea. Rose water also contains powerful antioxidants and has been used for its beneficial qualities since the time of the Egyptians!
After the petals have been simmering for about 25 minutes and have lost their color, I remove them from the heat and pour the contents through a colander to separate the liquid from the petals.
Once the liquid is separated, I pour it again through a fine-mess strainer to remove any remaining bits of petals. And voilà! Look at that color! It is LOVELY and smells AMAZING. I made 2 quarts and one 1/2 pint out of this batch. (I’m going to save the 1/2 pint to use as a facial toner for myself.)
This will be used to make my Rose Petals soap which will be fully cured and available on the website by the end of June. In the meantime, there are plenty of other wonderful, handmade, all-natural, vegan soaps currently available. You can check them all out by clicking here.
I hope you enjoyed this lesson in how I make rose water from the petals of my old-fashioned rose bush. Have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day weekend.
And God bless all of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy every day. 🇺🇸