Photo by Julia.
More than 198 million roses are produced for Valentine’s Day every year. Have you ever thought about what you can do with your roses to maximize their medicinal and beauty benefits after the holiday? After you’ve admired them, why not create with them! Which is why we’ve put together this DIY Rose Water Recipe.
Rose Water As An Ancient Remedy
Rose water was first believed to be made by Persian chemist Avicenna in the Islamic Golden Age as a perfume and beverage. Roses have also been used in history medicinally, nutritionally – the ancient Greeks, Romans and Phoenicians considered large public rose gardens to be as important as croplands such as orchards and wheat fields. It was quite a lucrative trading commodity at one time! Since these early years of rose water’s discovery, it remains a popular traditional staple for a number of its beneficial reasons. Rose water can be used as a facial toner, refreshing body spray for the skin (due to it’s natural fragrance and moisturizing properties); to add flavor to culinary dishes (in Persian cooking this is called Gulab which means (Gul- Flower) and (Ab- Water), used as decoration or garnish, or made into a tea!
Roses, along with lotuses are the two most ancient flowers on the planet. These flowers have also been studied for their identical DNA to humans! It’s quite easy to make which is why we have created this DIY tutorial. Give it a try using a fresh rose bouquet or dried rose petals (like the ones featured in February’s Rosehive Superfoods Box!)
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Fresh or dried roses (of any variety though Damask rose is preferred for its oil properties)
- A large pot
- Distilled water
- Start by removing the petals from the roses. You can discard the bulbs and stems as the oils are mostly found in the rose’s petals. The fresher your roses are, the more fragrant your rosewater will be, but using dried roses will also do. Just remember – if you buy roses from a store make sure to rinse the petals in water to get rid of any pesticides, chemicals or artificial dyes.
- Place the rose petals in a large pot and fill with just enough distilled water to cover the rose petals. Too much water will dilute the rose water. Cover with a lid and let simmer until the petals lose their color.
- Once the petals lose their color, drain the liquid into a jar – this is your rose water! That’s it! Store in a cool place in your cabinet or underneath your bathroom sink, and give your skin a spritz whenever you need a sweet and refreshing little pick me up!
Pour into a clean spray bottle to use as a facial or body toner or try cooking with your fresh homemade rose water. Here’s a spin on an edible recipe with roots back to the Middle East that we enjoy making.
Rose Water Beauty Elixir Recipe
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 cup Hazelnut milk
- 1/2 cup Rose Water
- Squeeze fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon Tocos, we recommend Sun Potion
- 1 teaspoon Schizandra Berry powder, we recommend Vitajing Herbs brand
- 1 teaspoon hemp seeds
- 1 teaspoon coconut sugar
- A few ice cubes
- A pinch of Himalayan Sea Salt
Place all ingredient in a blender and blend starting low and increasing the speed as you go, up to 1 minute. Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy!
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