Friday, April 18, 2008

Let's make Rose Water

Soon it will be that time of the year again when the Roses are in bloom so here is a great way to make some Rose Water. We aren't going to drink it tho... we are going to wear it.

1 cup of distilled water 2 1/2 Tablespoons Vodka 1/2 cup of Fresh Rose Petals
10 Drops of Rose Fragrance Oil

Fill a sterilized glass jar with rose petals then pour the water and vodka over the petals and stir gently with a glass rod or stainless steel spoon. Add the rose fragrance oil and seal with an airtight lid. Store in a cool place for one week and stir every couple of days. Strain the liquid through a cheese cloth or paper coffee filter and discard the petals. Rose water should be bottled immediately in an airtight bottle.
Did you know that approximately 75 percent of all perfumes today list rose oil as one of the main ingredients? What does the vodka do in the rose oil? It is a preservative and prolongs the shelf life up to 6 months. If you make this without the use of the vodka use it within 1 month.
Roses have been around for a very long time wreaths made of Roses have been found in Egyptian Tombs. Even the Romans used to fill their pillows with the petals and the Greeks used to call Roses the "Queen of Flowers".
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