Rose water is not only beautifully scented, but extremely versatile. It has a wide range of uses including face toner, hair perfume, cooling mist, and laundry deodorant. Rose petals are edible, and rose water also has its place in the culinary world.
I use rose water to replace some or all of the water in recipes like soap, rinse the hair and hair detangling spray. (As a side note, this will have little impact on the final color of your soap and certainly won't make it pink!)
How to make your own rose water from scratch
If you love to make DIY beauty products or exotic food recipes and have access to garden roses, you must try this recipe!
There are two relatively easy ways to make rose water at home:
Simmer or distill
The easiest and fastest way is to simmer rose petals (dried or fresh) in water. The result is a scented water of pink color. This method is best suited for recipes and uses that will not stay on for very long because it has a limited shelf life.
The distillation method technically produces a hydrosol. It's also pretty easy to craft, although it does take a bit longer. A rose hydrosol is clear and much more stable when stored.
Choosing rose petals
There are over a hundred different varieties of roses. If you are lucky enough to grow roses in your garden, you can use them to make rose water. If you pick your own roses, do it early in the morning, when the flowers are scented the most.
You can also buy roses, but they must be from an organic source. It's important to use pesticide-free rose petals so that your finished rose water is not full of chemicals.
It is possible to use dried petals. I love these. They are made from the Damask rose and are very fragrant and edible.
Another option is to use lavender flowers. Follow the directions below for dried petals, and use lavender water in place of rose water in the following recipes.
Uses for rose water
There are so many ways to use rose water. Here are some of my favorites.
One thing that many people miss after opting for healthy options in beauty care is the fragrant appearance of commercial products. Often, these artificial fragrances are the selling point of perfumes, soaps and shampoos, but they are also one of the most dangerous ingredients used in these products.
Rose water makes a wonderful base for making substitutes for scent sprays. Natural shampoo, for example, leaves your hair clean and protects the natural balance of oils in your scalp, but does not leave a long-lasting fragrant scent. You can make a simple hair fragrance to add a touch of floral scent to your hair. You can also simply dab rose water on your wrists and neck for a light touch of scent.
Hair fragrance: Mix 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract with essential oils in a 4 oz glass spray bottle and fill to the top with rose water. Spritz over your hair while it is drying and style as usual. It's also great for second (or third) day hair. Spritz a bit to cool off. Keep refrigerated. My current favorite combination is:
- 3 drops of patchouli
- 4 drops of Ylang Ylang
- 3 drops of rosemary
- 4 drops of cedar wood
- 5 drops of lavender
- 4 drops of grapefruit
- 4 drops of bergamot
Laundry sanitizer: Prepare a laundry freshener by putting rose water in a spray bottle. You can also add a few drops of rose or lavender essential oil. Mist on your sheets before going to bed at night.
Another great use for rose water is in your skin care routine. Rose water helps to balance the pH of the skin, reduces redness and irritation, tightens pores, and helps to cool and soothe hot skin.
- Facial toner: Store rose water in a dark colored glass bottle. Add a drop or 2 of lavender or rose essential oil and apply to your face with a cotton ball after you shower or after washing your face.
- Cooling mist: Store rose water in a dark colored bottle with a fine spray. You can keep it in your purse for on-the-go use or keep it in the fridge for additional cooling. Mist on the face to refresh the skin and refresh it.
- Sunburn relief: Mix equal parts rose water and apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle and spray on sunburned skin for relief.
Rose water is also a wonderful mood enhancer. You can spray it on yourself the same way you use the cooling spray and breathe in the scent to lift your spirits. For a soothing bath, add 1 to 2 cups to your bath water.
- In tea: Add rose water to taste to your herbal tea.
- Yogurt flavor: Start with a teaspoon of rose water per 1 cup of yogurt and add more to taste.
- Lemonade: Add a touch to your lemonade for a complex flavor enhancer.
How to make a rose water recipe
Learn how to make rose water as a natural scented ingredient for beauty recipes like perfume, soap, and hair products, as well as for cooking and cleaning. Use the simmer or distillation method.
In a small saucepan, combine the rose petals and water.
Cover and bring to a boil.
Reduce the temperature to the lowest setting that still allows the water to simmer.
Simmer until the color of the rose petals has faded. Mine has turned almost colorless. It only took about 5-10 minutes.
Leave the lid on and let cool completely.
Pour the water and petals through cheesecloth into a dark, clean bottle. You can use a funnel or strain into a measuring bowl with a pouring spout, then pour into your dark bottle if needed.
Store in the refrigerator for several weeks or on the counter for up to a week.
Place a clean brick (a real brick from a house) in the center of a large pot. I used an 8 liter pot and a medium sized brick.
Place a metal bowl or heat-resistant glass bowl on top of the brick.
Sprinkle rose petals around the brick, being careful not to put any in the bowl.
Pour water from the pot over the petals until it almost reaches the top of the brick.
Flip the lid over and place it on the pot. This will allow steam to build up and drip down to the center of the lid and eventually drip into the bowl.
Put ice on top of the lid to encourage the steam to condense and then fall into the bowl. You can put it directly on the lid and suck up the water with a turkey bulb as the ice melts or you can put the ice in a ziplock bag so that it is easy to remove and replace. You want to keep as much vapor as possible because the vapor is actually your rose water.
Bring the water to a boil, then reduce to the lowest heat possible so that the water is still simmering.
Simmer for at least 30 minutes, replacing the ice when it melts.
Remove the pan from the heat and let it cool completely.
Lift the lid very carefully so that none of your melted ice water falls into the pot.
Carefully pour the rose water that has collected in the bowl into your dark bottle.
It will last a lot longer at room temperature (up to 6 months, although it doesn't stay that long in my house), but you can still keep it in the fridge to make sure it keeps well.
After using the distillation method, I had some water left in the bottom of the pot when I was done. I stretched out the petals and used it in a batch of soap. It didn't smell so strong but I couldn't bear the thought of throwing it away.
Have you ever made rose water? What's our favorite way to use it?
It’s easy to get confused when it comes to health and alimentation. Even qualified experts often seem to hold opposing opinions. Yet, despite all the disagreements, a number of wellness tips are well supported by research. Here are 27 health and nutrition tips that are actually based on good méthode.
These 8 practical tips cover the basics of saine eating and can help you make healthier choices.
The key to a healthy diet is to eat the right amount of calories for how réactive you are so you balance the energy you consume with the energy you use.
If you eat or drink more than your body needs, you’ll put on weight because the energy you do not use is stored as fat. If you eat and drink too little, you’ll lose weight.
You should also eat a wide range of foods to make sure you’re getting a balanced diet and your body is receiving all the nutrients it needs.
It’s recommended that men have around 2, 500 calories a day ( 10, 500 kilojoules ). Women should have around 2, 000 kcal a day ( 8, 400 kilojoules ). Most adults in the UK are eating more kcal than they need and should eat fewer calories.
Starchy carbohydrates should make up just over a third of the food you eat. They include potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and cereals. Choose higher fibre or wholegrain varieties, such as wholewheat pasta, brown rice or potatoes with their skins on.
They contain more fibre than white or refined starchy carbohydrates and can help you feel full for longer. Try to include at least 1 starchy food with each main meal. Some people think starchy foods are fattening, but gram for gram the carbohydrate they contain provides fewer than half the kcal of fat.
Keep an eye on the fats you add when you’re cooking or serving these types of foods because that’s what increases the calorie content – for example, oil on chips, butter on bread and creamy sauces on pasta.
It’s recommended that you eat at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and veg every day. They can be fresh, frozen, canned, dried or juiced. Getting your 5 A Day is easier than it sounds. Why not chop a banana over your breakfast cereal, or swap your usual mid-morning snack for a piece of fresh fruit ?
A portion of fresh, canned or frozen fruit and vegetables is 80g. A portion of dried fruit ( which should be kept to mealtimes ) is 30g. A 150ml glass of fruit juice, vegetable juice or smoothie also counts as 1 portion, but limit the amount you have to no more than 1 glass a day as these drinks are sugary and can damage your teeth.
You can choose from fresh, frozen and canned, but remember that canned and smoked fish can be high in salt. Most people should be eating more fish, but there are recommended limits for some variétés of fish.
You need some fat in your diet, but it’s important to pay attention to the amount and type of fat you’re eating. There are 2 main types of fat : saturated and unsaturated. Too much saturated fat can increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood, which increases your risk of developing heart disease.
On average, men should have no more than 30g of saturated fat a day. On average, women should have no more than 20g of saturated fat a day. Children under the age of 11 should have less saturated fat than adults, but a low-fat diet is not suitable for children under 5.
Try to cut down on your saturated fat intake and choose foods that contain unsaturated fats instead, such as vegetable oils and spreads, oily fish and avocados. For a healthier choice, use a small amount of vegetable or olive oil, or reduced-fat spread instead of butter, lard or ghee.
When you’re having meat, choose lean cuts and cut off any visible fat. All types of fat are high in energy, so they should only be eaten in small amounts.
Regularly consuming foods and drinks high in sugar increases your risk of obesity and tooth decay. Sugary foods and drinks are often high in energy ( measured in kilojoules or calories ), and if consumed too often can contribute to weight gain. They can also cause tooth decay, especially if eaten between meals.
Free sugars are any sugars added to foods or drinks, or found naturally in honey, syrups and unsweetened fruit juices and smoothies. This is the type of sugar you should be cutting down on, rather than the sugar found in fruit and milk.
Many packaged foods and drinks contain surprisingly high amounts of free sugars.
More than 22. 5g of total sugars per 100g means the food is high in sugar, while 5g of total sugars or less per 100g means the food is low in sugar.
Eating too much salt can raise your blood pressure. People with high blood pressure are more likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke. Even if you do not add salt to your food, you may still be eating too much.
About three-quarters of the salt you eat is already in the food when you buy it, such as breakfast cereals, soups, breads and sauces. Use food labels to help you cut down. More than 1. 5g of salt per 100g means the food is high in salt.
Adults and children aged 11 and over should eat no more than 6g of salt ( about a teaspoonful ) a day. Younger children should have even less.
As well as eating healthily, regular exercise may help reduce your risk of getting serious health conditions. It’s also important for your overall health and wellbeing.
Read more about the benefits of exercise and physical activity guidelines for adults. Being overweight or obese can lead to health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, heart disease and stroke. Being underweight could also affect your health.
Most adults need to lose weight by eating fewer calories. If you’re trying to lose weight, aim to eat less and be more réactive. Eating a healthy, balanced diet can help you maintain a saine weight.
Check whether you’re a healthy weight by using the BMI saine weight calculator. Start the NHS weight loss plan, a 12-week weight loss guide that combines advice on healthier eating and physical activity. If you’re underweight, see underweight adults. If you’re worried about your weight, ask your GP or a dietitian for advice.
You need to drink plenty of fluids to stop you getting dehydrated. The government recommends drinking 6 to 8 glasses every day. This is in addition to the fluid you get from the food you eat. All non-alcoholic drinks count, but water, lower fat milk and lower sugar drinks, including tea and coffee, are healthier choices. Try to avoid sugary soft and fizzy drinks, as they’re high in kcal. They’re also bad for your teeth.
Even unsweetened fruit juice and smoothies are high in free sugar. Your combined total of drinks from fruit juice, vegetable juice and smoothies should not be more than 150ml a day, which is a small glass. Remember to drink more fluids during hot weather or while exercising.
Some people skip breakfast because they think it’ll help them lose weight. But a healthy breakfast high in fibre and low in fat, sugar and salt can form part of a balanced diet, and can help you get the nutrients you need for good health.
A wholegrain lower sugar cereal with semi-skimmed milk and fruit sliced over the top is a tasty and healthier breakfast. Further informationThe Eatwell Guide can help you get the right balance of the 5 main food groups. The guide shows you how much of what you eat should come from each food group. Read more about eating a balanced diet and understanding calories.