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A Rose is a Rose is a Rose
Rose water is the essence of the flower infused into liquid and has been used throughout history, in different parts of the world, for various reasons. It can be bought by cosmetic manufacturers or grocery suppliers, but the process to make it is quite involved and may use chemicals. You can easily make your own rose water in your very own kitchen. Some DIY recipes call for a professional still, or a make-shift still, but I've found simply boiling it creates similar floral scented water, with fewer steps. Here's an overview of the uses of rose water and my personal recipe.
- refresh your face with a light sprtiz, even over make-up, to keep face moisturized throughout the day. Do not rub, let air dry.
- mix 2 parts vegetable glycerin, 1 part rose water for a long lasting, sweet smelling, deep skin moisturizer. It's all natural and vegan.
- spray head to toe--even in your hair!--for a fresh, sweet floral scent
- spray around the room, in the air, and on curtains, pillows, linens to freshen up.
- rose water can be used as a sacred water or perfume during blessings. Eastern religions, including Hindu and Muslim, use it for ceremonies. May be used in pagan summer goddess rituals or to mix in potions for spells--very popular in love spells!
- can be added into pastries and desserts and other sweet recipes for a delicate floral flavor. Some things to try are ice cream, tea, and rice pudding.
- roses are traditionally a symbol of love and attraction. Use one part each of jasmine and lavender oil mixed with an equal amount of rose water, shake in an atomizer and sprit all over for an extra attractive scent. Or dab on pulse points for a more subtle fragrance.
- for a little more seduction, add cloves or cinnamon oil to the above mixture.
"It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.”
--The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
- 1 dozen white roses, (for colored water, use red or pink, but be careful when using on fabrics as it may stain)
- 2 cups water per rose, (6 quarts)
- 1 large pot or cauldron
- splash vanilla extract, (optional)
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- remove petals from flowers, putting only the petals into the pot, discard all else.
- add water, covering petals. petals should be floating.
- simmer on medium heat until water is reduced by half. for a more concentrated rose scent, continue simmering until reduced by another half.
- remove flower petals, squeezing out excess liquid through a mesh filter or strainer.
- strain water through paper coffee filter into a glass jar.
- remember,it is not distilled and no preservatives are added, so keep jar refrigerated for long-term storage. remove small amounts into atomizers for daily use.
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."
--Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare