Rosewater is a combination of rose buds and water used to extract the rose’s essential oils. Rosewater is useful for delicate cooking, as a perfume and as a remedy for dry and sore eyes. While rosewater is available for purchase in many natural health stores, you can make your own for a fraction of the cost. According to Gill Farrer-Halls, author of “How to Make Your Own Organic Cosmetics,” making rosewater is simple, requiring only a few ingredients to get started.
Things You’ll Need:
- One cup of water
- 10 dried rosebuds
- Glass pot
- Small strainer
- Clean container and lid
- Place a glass pot onto a stove-top at high heat and pour in one cup of water. Cover the pot as the water heats.
- Bring the water to a rolling boil then lower the heat to medium and uncover the pot.
- Add 10 dried rosebuds into the boiling water and let simmer for 10 to 20 minutes — until half of the water has evaporated. You can harvest and dry your own rosebuds or purchase them from an organic grocer.
- Pour the rosewater through a strainer into a small, clean container and store in the refrigerator. Allow to cool before you use it.
- Use an eyedropper to flush your eyes with the rosewater.