How to make rosewater eye wash

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How to make rosewater eye wash
Rosewater will rejuvenate tired eyes. (Eye image by Igor Tsaranenko from Fotolia.com)

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.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • One cup of water
  • 10 dried rosebuds
  • Glass pot
  • Hob
  • Small strainer
  • Clean container and lid
  • Eyedropper

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place a glass pot onto a hob at high heat and pour in one cup of water. Cover the pot as the water heats.

  2. 2

    Bring the water to a rolling boil then lower the heat to medium and uncover the pot.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    Pour the rosewater through a strainer into a small, clean container and store in the refrigerator. Allow to cool before you use it.

  5. 5

    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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