How to make your own rose water at home

Rose water has a plethora of health and beauty uses, from soothing irritated skin to treating infections. Beauty brands have banked on the trend, and now even sell spritzes and sprays featuring rose water for a calming treatment.

But you actually don’t have to splurge on a name-brand bottle to reap the benefits.

In The Know’s Phoebe Zaslav decided to test to see how easy it was to make rose water herself.

“Roses are a natural inflammatory — they help reduce redness and irritation,” Phoebe explains in her video tutorial. “You can use rose water in so many different ways.

You only need two ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of fresh rose petals

After filling a pot with the water, Phoebe moves on to the flowers.

“I’m trying to think of a less harsh way to say this … We’re going to rip up the flower petals,” she says. “Try to buy organic [roses] because you obviously don’t want to be putting any type of pesticides on your hair [or] on your face.”

Put the petals into the pot of water and place a cover on top, bringing the water to a boil on the stove.

“Reduce it to a light simmer and place the cover back on until the color of the rose petals are pretty faded and the water has become a tinted red or maybe pink color,” Phoebe says.

Phoebe waits about 15 minutes before she’s satisfied with the color of the water and the rose petals.

“I’m going to turn off the flame, put the cover back on and let the water cool completely,” she says.

Next, strain out the petals, leaving only the rose water. The rose water can be stored at room temperature for up to a week or in your refrigerator for up to three to four weeks.

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