This simple and effective rose water recipe ensures perfect organic rose water every time. Be sure you use fresh organic roses that have just begun to open; they are at their prime and will yield the strongest water. The more fragrant the roses, the stronger the scent of the organic rose water. Using roses that have been sprayed with insecticides will result in the toxins being extracted into the water.
- 3 parts witch hazel extract, vodka or gin
- 1 part distilled water
- Fresh, organically grown roses or rose petals
- Mix the witch hazel (or vodka or gin) with the distilled water. Place the fresh roses in a quart jar.
- Completely cover the roses with the alcohol mixture, adding enough extra that the alcohol mixture rises 2 to 3 inches above the flowers. Cover tightly and place in a warm, shaded area. Let the mixture sit for 2 to 3 weeks.
- Strain out the roses and rebottle the water for use. Rose water does not need refrigeration, but storing it in a cool place will prolong its shelf life.
Excerpted from Rosemary Gladstar’s Family Herbal: A Guide to Living Life with Energy, Health, and Vitality. Published by Storey Books. Copyright 2001 Rosemary Gladstar. Reprinted with permission from Storey Communications, Inc.
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