Dreaming of the summer whilst wall to wall grey skies cover me like a blanket, sigh. Dreaming of the blooming roses that I can make rose water with.
I always think we do not appreciate the summer when it’s here and now I really wish I could catch some rays that have that magically uplifting power!
In the summer I always like to make rose water from the petals of my roses in the garden, so here I am showing you ‘how to make Rose Water’
I use my rose water for many things; I add it to sweet almond oil for a gorgeous face oil, a toner, a refresher, its such a gorgeous thing to make.
In preparation for the summer foraging, I thought I would show you how easy it is to make DIY Rose Water, it’s a great gift or wedding favour.
I think it would be a lovely fresh spritzer to add to your bathroom baskets or into the bridal parties’ rooms.
I am so lucky that I have a couple of rose bushes in the garden and one has a beautiful fragrance.
YOU WILL NEED:
Saucepan and lid
Fragranced Rose Petals
I pick the petals as the rose is nearing the end of its bloom as I like to enjoy them in the garden first. I collect a bowl full first thing in the morning. Place a heatproof bowl that will fit inside your saucepan to collect the hydrosol as it drips down.
HYDROSOL: This is the condensate water that is collected through distillation. You can make all sorts of these; I am planning to make a geranium leaf one later this year, it smells sublime and evokes memories of my grandmothers green house.
Turn the saucepan lid upside down so that the dome can let the hydrosol drip down and into the bowl.
I use distilled water that I purchased on Amazon in order to have the purest hydrosol possible.
Put the petals around the bowl in the saucepan and cover with the water. Simply heat gently and collect the condensate in the bowl. Add ice cubes to the top of the lid to create extra condensation.
Decant the liquid into coloured glass bottles (to protect from light) using a little funnel.
When I was ready to use, I decanted into pretty bottles and sprays (keep these in the fridge for a really fresh spritz!)
I did note that the fragrance lasts a few months only, so if you are making for your wedding, ensure to prepare around 6 weeks prior to use.
For more DIY favour ideas go HERE
I would love to hear if you have made some?