How to Make Rose Water!

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Rose water has a variety of benefits, from beauty to wellness. Use it as a natural skin toner, in a bath or in your tea! We’re teaching you how to make your own!

Two bottles of rose water with pink roses in the back.

The flower is packed with nutrients and has been widely used for thousands of years for its healing powers.

pink roses

This rose water recipe is fairly easy to make, especially if you happen to have any roses growing in your yard! Use this infographic as an easy guide for how to make your own.

rose petals

How to Make Rose Water

Rose Water Hydrosol

There are two methods you can use to make rose water. The first technique we’re sharing is a rose water hydrosol. This technique makes a small about of water from condensation. It’s much more time consuming but will last 6 months.

Chart with text on how to make rose water

Supplies

  • Fresh Rose Petals
  • Distilled Water
  • Medium Pot with Lid
  • Turkey Baster
  • Heat Proof Bowl
  • Ice Cubes (about 6-10 cups)

Directions

Small bowl in the middle of a larger pot

In a large pot, add a small bowl in the center. This is the bowl that will collect your distilled rose water.

When picking out a pot and a bowl, the bowl inside must be lower than the pot, but not too low. The water from the lid of the pot will drop down into the bowl, so envision that when picking out a pot and bowl.

Also, make sure the bowl in the center is heatproof.

Pouring distilled water into a pot with rose petals and a white bowl in the middle.

Place the rose petals around the bowl. Leave the bowl empty and clean.

Pour distilled water over the rose petals, again leaving the bowl in the center empty. Pour water in the pot until rose petals are just covered.

Pot with the lid upside down and ice on the top to make condensation.

Once the water comes to a boil, turn it to simmer and cover the pot with the lid, upside down. You want to create a bowl on the top to put ice.

Add the ice to the lid to create condensation. The water will drip into the small bowl in the middle of the pot and that is your rose water.

Bowl of water next to a pot of water.

You have to constantly use a turkey baster to remove the melted ice cube water on the lid of the pan. As soon as it melts you want to remove the water so keep a small bowl near to put it in.

Close up of ice melting on an overturned lid on a pot for making rose water

Then, slowly continue adding ice as it melts. You’ll use about 6-8 cups of ice. Leave a bag or bowl filled with ice close to continue adding more to the lid.

Once you have used all of the ice. Turn the heat off but leave the pot and lid to sit until it cools.

The condensation inside the pot will continue to produce rose water until it’s completely cooled.

Bowl of rose water with pink rose petals.

Once it’s completely cooled, it’s finished. Then, lift the lid and see the rose water inside the small bowl in the center!

Measuring cup with rose water.

Using a funnel, pour it into a small bottle with a lid to keep.

Pouring rose water into a funnel.
Small bottle of rose water on a table with rose petals.

You can see that this method produces clear water since the actual rose petals never touch the rose water. The simmering method will always vary depending on the color of roses used in the recipe.

Simmering Rose Petals

This method is much easier and good for food recipes or cocktails. It has a shorter shelf life but is a quick way to make potent rose water.

Rose petals torn off the stems on a marble table.

Supplies

  • Fresh Rose Petals
  • Distilled Water
  • Large Pot
  • Strainer
  • Funnel and Bottle
Rose petals in a All-Clad pot.

Directions

Add 3-4 cups rose petals into a pot.

Pour distilled water over the top. Cover the rose petals about 1″ with water.

Pouring distilled water into a pot of rose petals.

Bring the water to a soft boil and then simmer low for 25 minutes.

Rose petals simmering in a pot with distilled water.

Strain over a bowl and then discard the rose petals.

Use a funnel to pour the water into a bottle with a lid.

Bottle of rose water in a glass with a gold spout.

What is rose water good for?

It’s great for skin, to add to cocktails, room sprays and to drink! It contains vitamins A, B, C, and E, as well as antioxidants.

Can I use rose water daily?

Yes, you can. It works to maintain the skin’s pH balance. It has antibacterial properties and you can use it for your daily skincare routine. Furthermore, there many other ways you can use it too. Here are a few below:

  • Add it to a spray bottle and use it as a room or pillow spray.
  • Pour some into a glass of water with lemon juice.
  • Use it as an antiseptic for cuts and scrapes as it helps heal wounds faster.
Rose water on a marble table

Does Rosewater expire?

It does expire. You will have a longer life if you use distilled water when making it. Hydrosol method can last up to 6 months. If using tap water, it will shorten the life.

Does rosewater need to be refrigerated?

Store it in a cool, dry place. It does not need to be refrigerated. Store it in a glass bottle with a tight lid.

Close up photo of a pink rose.

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