We are lucky to have these gorgeous creations nature provides us, roses are not only wonderful to look at, from beauty to smell, a rose has capabilities to allow our senses to flourish. Though, thankfully we can also benefit from its' natural extracts.
The history of pure rose water dates very far back, as far as 1200BC. From Cleopatra to Emperor Djihanguyr, who on his wedding day to Princess Nour Dijhan, had ordered fountains and canals in the royal gardens to be filled with rose water. She than saw the oil extracts and dipped her fingers through to the water, only to fall in love with the scent it left on her hand. And from there this fragrant was put in a bottle as her perfume.
With Islamic roots, this beautiful scent is used in many Arabic, Persian and even Indian cuisines. From rice, to baklava and even ice cream, small amounts are added to accent flavors and bring out an aromatic taste.
As a natural beauty product; it is said that In ancient Egypt women used rose water to help tighten their pores and reduce wrinkles and In Persia it was seen as a symbol of beauty and mostly given as a gift.
Rose water can also help relive skin issues such as eczema, acne and dry skin. It also known to be high in antioxidants which helps strengthen and regenerate skin cells.
With all these benefits, let's get started with our DIY that won't take too long so we can move onto using this amazing natural product that WE just made in our recipes and our beauty products. So so exiting!
What you need: fresh roses, a large pot and distilled water.
There are a couple of ways to make rose water. There’s the old fashioned way, which I did, or there’s a slightly more complicated process. For that process you will also need a heat-safe bowl.
Start by plucking the petals from the roses – you won’t need the bulb or stems. The fresher your roses are, the better your results will be. If you can cut your own roses, that would be your best bet. If you must buy them from a store (like I did) rinse the petals in some cool water to get rid of any potential chemicals.
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. This is also where the two methods differ – for the other method you would place the heat safe bowl on top of the petals, and cover the pot with a lid. As the petals simmer, steam will collect on the lid of the pot and drip in to the bowl, which is pure rose water. The old fashioned method that I use is still effective but the rose water just might not be as pure.
Once the petals lose their color, drain the liquid into a jar – this is your rose water! Store in a cool place and give your skin a spritz whenever you need a sweet and refreshing little pick me up!
For those of you who love bread pudding adding a middle eastern twist to this old fashioned delicious recipe, will bring a new flavor to your palette.