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.
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Things you need
- One cup of water
- 10 dried rosebuds
- Glass pot
- Small strainer
- Clean container and lid
Place a glass pot onto a hob 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.
Tips and warnings
- According to Bill Gottlieb, author of "Alternative Cures," you must use homemade rosewater within three days. Discard unused water after three days, as it will have lost all potency.
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- "Alternative Cures: More than 1,000 of the Most Effective Natural Home Remedies"; Bill Gottlieb; 2008
- "Jude's Herbal Home Remedies: Natural Health, Beauty & Home-Care Secrets"; Jude C. Todd; 2002
- "How to Make Your Own Organic Cosmetics: Face Masks, Hair Rinses & Body Lotions: Recipes for Natural Beauty"; Gill Farrer-Halls; 2004