Rose water is basically a by-product of rose oil through distillation of pure fresh rose petals.
A large number of rose petals are used to make a little of this oil, hence making this delicate extraction very expensive.
Rose water is used in cosmetics for its lovely scent, but also because it has light astringent properties.
As the gentlest of all astringents, rose water is often used as toner for fair and dry skin.
Rose water can be found in Vitamin stores and some supermarkets but this processed type usually contains chemicals and artificial preservatives that are less effective and are less beneficial than pure rose water.
You must be careful when purchasing rose water to buy only the 100 percent pure form.
The benefits of rose water can be enjoyed by simply making it at home.
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How to Make Your Own Rose Water:
This recipe is the more traditional way to prepare rose water. Though it’s a little more involved, its fun to do and the results are outstanding.
You can make a quart of excellent-quality rose water in about 40 minutes. However, if you simmer the water too long, you will continue to produce distilled water but the rose essence will become diluted.
Your rose water will smell more like plain distilled water, rather than the heavenly scent of roses.
Be sure you have a brick and heat-safe stainless steel or glass quart bowl ready before you begin.
2-3 quarts fresh rose petals
Preparation Of RoseWater:
1. In the center of a large pot with an inverted lid , place a fireplace brick.
On top of the brick place the bowl. Put the roses in the pot; add enough flowers to reach the top of the brick.
Pour in just enough water to cover the roses. The water should be just above the top of the brick.
2. Place the lid upside down on the pot. Turn on the stove and bring the water to a rolling boil, then lower heat to a slow steady simmer.
As soon as the water begins to boil, toss two or three trays of ice cubes on top of the lid.
3. You’ve now created a home still! As the water boils the steam rises, hits the top of the cold lid, and condenses.
As it condenses it flows to the center of the lid and drops into the bowl.
Every 20 minutes, quickly lift the lid and take out a tablespoon or two of the rose water.
It’s time to stop when you have between a pint and a quart of water that smells and tastes strongly like roses.