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How to Make Rose Water From Rose Petals

Rose water is derived from the petals of roses and has been used for centuries by many cultures. There are different ways to mix the natural oils of rose petals depending on the desired usage.

Rose water is a centuries-old natural treatment for the skin.

Rose water is derived from the petals of roses and has been used for centuries by many cultures. There are different ways to mix the natural oils of rose petals depending on the desired usage. You can mix it with glycerin to make a heavenly scented moisturizer or mist it directly on your face as an astringent and toner. The first step is releasing the rose oil from the petals.

  1. Remove fresh rose petals from the stem by cutting between the bottom of the bloom and the stem with a pair of scissors. Firmly pack and measure 2 cups of petals and place in a heat resistant container.

  2. Bring 1 liter of water to a boil, pour into the container of rose petals and cover for at least 30 minutes to draw the natural oils out into the water.

  3. Pour the container of rose petals and water through a strainer into the storage jar of your choice. Use immediately or refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

  4. Tip

    Use bottled mineral water instead of tap water. After soaking the rose petals, pour the entire contents directly into bath water for a luxurious soak.

    Warning

    Choose organically grown roses that are free of pesticides. If you are unsure of the rose’s origins, rinse the petals thoroughly with cold water prior to applying hot water.

Warning

  • Choose organically grown roses that are free of pesticides. If you are unsure of the rose's origins, rinse the petals thoroughly with cold water prior to applying hot water.

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Yvonne Ward began her professional writing career in 2004. She wrote a true-crime book published in 2010 and has two more underway. She also has a strong background in business, education and farm living. Ward is pursuing a Master of Arts in history and culture from Union Institute and University.