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February 3, 2010
These directions were in the July Herb Companion that came the other day. http://www.herbcompanion.com/health/try-this-at-home-make-rosewater.aspx
But do you think they actually mean ten "petals" to three quarts of water or do they mean rose petals from ten "roses"? Can someone help on this because I am so trying this when the roses bloom up here this year.
May 14, 2005
I've been reading on making hydrosols myself and I would think you'd need more than 10 petals or your rose water won't be very strong!!! The recipe I'm going to use is 3-4 quarts rose petals, then you cover the petals with water…I'm thinking less than 3 quarts of water would do that.
I'm in the middle of making rose oil for my soaps (which ended up taking way more petals than I imagined) so I didn't have any left to make this.
August 24, 2010
May 14, 2005
It does pretty clearly say 10 washed petals…. Hmm. I was just looking at the article. You know how you need to do this? In a steam juicer!
I'm not sure how you use it. It says as an astringent??? Along with soap, I'm thinking it would make a nice body spray…….. But not if it's astringent. Maybe with the addition of glycerin and everything that goes into the body spray, it wouldn't be.
February 15, 2011
I've never heard of using so little petals using this method. Usually the instuctions for this is: In a stock pot, place a brick. Put enough rose petals to the same level as the brick. Add water to the brick. Put in a large bowl. Put to boil, when boiling, put on the pot's lid, inverted with water and ice. Being careful not to let all the water boil away.
Rose water is a great facial toner. Especially great to be sprayed on your face in the middle of summer. It helps with redness. I like to make my face lotions with it.
It can also be used in food recipes. Rose water is vital to baklava. I heard that some cookies are also made with Rose water.
I haven't had a chance yet to try out this method of making rose water. The neighbor kids kept pulling out my rose bushes. I'm hoping to start a rose garden in my new place. It will be great to make my own rose water.
February 8, 2009
This post w/the amount of petals make way more sense in a distilling process
That's the recipe I have bookmarked to use! The ice cubes allow it to be more of a distilling process, cooling it down fast to condense. You can actually skim the oil off the top of the condensed water to have rose essential oil!
February 3, 2010
Bookmarked DeDe's link, it makes much more sense. I think I was just hoping you only need a few petals…
Thanks, CindyP, for mentioning the oil skimming thing. That is another thing I can remember reading somewhere, how to make essential oils. Except these directions involve sunshine and Saran Wrap. I'd been trying to remember but I think I was in high school when I read it. Sometimes my brain can't reach back that far.
Suzanne, Yes, Yes ! I need a steam juicer. I just told my husband that was my next big purchase. I don't know if I need it for this, but I need it. If I had one, I'd experiment with both methods, or all three.
Thanks, Amerayl for the instructions. They sound a lot like DeDe's link. And I was going to mention the cooking part, but couldn't for the life of me think of one recipe that used it. I guess that cakes can be flavored with it, too. Can't wait for the roses to bloom this year!
Thanks for the help, everyone.
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