Here's a recipe on how to make your own rose water at home! Care2 provided the recipe, so thank you Care2 and author Annie B. Bond!
What is Rose Water?
I've heard numerous benefits of this water as well as it's essential oils for skin care use. I've heard of mostly that it is...
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And other stuff that involves the natural chemicals in it that gives off other wonderful effects, and thus making it's essential oil 50% more expensive than other oils, normally.
Rose Water Recipe
Prepare a brick and heat-safe stainless steel or glass quart bowl before commencing this recipe. Now let's begin the ingredient preparation! =)
♥ 2-3 quarts fresh roses or rose petals (2 quarts= 9.31 cups, according to a conversion of US dry quart at http://www.hoptechno.com/)
♥ Ice cubes or crushed ice
Hmm sounds easy enough, ingredients say so. Let's hope the process would be too! xD
♥ In the center of a large pot (the speckled blue canning pots are ideal) with an inverted lid (a rounded lid), place a fireplace brick (you know the orange brick for building houses? Yeah that one.). On top of the brick place the bowl. Put the roses in the pot; add enough flowers to reach the top of the brick. Pour in just enough water to cover the roses. The water should be just above the top of the brick.
♥ Place the lid upside down on the pot. Turn on the stove and bring the water to a rolling boil, then lower heat to a slow steady simmer. As soon as the water begins to boil, toss two or three trays of ice cubes (or a bag of ice) on top of the lid.
♥ You’ve now created a home still! As the water boils the steam rises, hits the top of the cold lid, and condenses. As it condenses it flows to the center of the lid and drops into the bowl. Every 20 minutes, quickly lift the lid and take out a tablespoon or two of the rose water. It’s time to stop when you have between a pint and a quart of water that smells and tastes strongly like roses.
Whoa that sounds very easy!! It's like the trick we use when we're in desert with no water, so we use some plastic with a container beneath to trap condensed water beneath it. Fascinating! I think this recipe can be tried to make other herbs as well!