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By now, we're guessing your Valentine's Day flowers are starting to look a little sad. Lucky for you, you can extend the life of a wilting bouquet of roses by turning it into rose water.
It's awesome as aromatherapy, in homemade perfumes or soaps, as a dreamy step in your beauty routine, a facial mist for a little extra self-care, or even for cooking. Rose water benefits include:
- Promotes general relaxation and stress relief
- Hydrates and moisturizes the skin
- Has astringent properties that help cleanse pores and tone skin, plus natural anti-bacterial properties
- Has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin redness and irritation
- Has antioxidant properties that help regenerate skin cells
- Naturally maintains the skin’s pH balance
You can Google DIY rose water and find a million ways to make it, but the below is our favorite because it’s super easy (and smells great)!
Step by Step Instructions for How to Make Rose Water
- Separate petals from flower. Rinse. Add the rose petals to a small pot (you can use fresh or dried petals and will get the same great effects either way).
- Cover with fresh water.
- Add lavender or other secondary flower or herb (chamomile, rosemary, hibiscus, etc.).
- Stir together well to saturate the petals as they will tend to float to the top.
- Put the pot on the stove, on low heat.
- Continue to stir the petals so that they are completely covered in the water.
- When the water starts to steam, cover with a lid, and set a timer for 20 minutes. The lid is crucial because you don’t want the essential oils to escape with the steam.
- After 20 minutes, strain the mixture. This works best through a fine sieve lined with cheesecloth or through a nut milk bag, but pouring through a strainer works too!
- Add a lid to the rosewater and allow it to cool to room temperature.
- After it’s cooled, the rosewater is ready to be used to make soaps, lotions, a natural face toner, spray deodorant, or simply added to an atomizer and used as a rose-scented body spray.
- Store the jar of rose water in the refrigerator. Use within 7-14 days.