Here we are at our first blog post and we wanted to give you something that wasn't just a simple easy going read, but was also something that you could use and perhaps include in your daily praactices.
Rose water has been used for thousands of years. Not only for its beautiful fragrance and earthy aroma, but deep inside those beautiful petals hides antibacterial, antinflammatory and antiseptic properties.
This simple water has many uses inluding, but not limited to:
- Soothing skin irritation
- Acts as an inhibitor against elastase and collagenase
- Protects skin cells against damage
- Reducing the apperance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Can be ingested to ease coughing and throat irritation
- Act as an antiseptic on cuts and scrapes
- Relieves stress
- Alleviates headaches when applied onto a cloth and then onto the forehead
- Used for cooking and baking
- Ease menstrual bleeding
- Help aide with indigestion and upset stomach
And so much more.
Although rose water is easy to access in most parts of the world, we wanted to show you how we make ours. It is a labour of love and the sweet aromatic scents that fill your home when creating it are something everyone should enjoy.
here is how to make it
Getting your roses is one of the funnest parts of all of this. It does not matter what type of rose you use, you just want to be sure it is free of all pesticides. We choose to forage for wild roses as well as use a few from our own garden. A few tips to remember:
- The darker the color, the more fragrant
- The more petals it has, the most intense the scent
- The thicker the petal, the more aroma it has
One thing that we like to try and do is pick petals off of roses that are past their main blooming stage. That way they have lived out their beautiful bloom and can now become something beautiful again. Take your time to find roses that will work for you. They all have different scents to them - some sweeter, some earthier - and you want to find what will work best for you. We like to have about 30-40 rose heads worth of petals before we start the process.
Once you have collected enough rose petals it is time to clean them. Be sure to run them under clean water to get rid of any little stowaways that have made their way home with you. We like to give them a thorough cleaning and sometimes even let them sit in a sink full of water to allow the bugs to release themselves.
You will then want to grab a clean pot and place a heat safe dish inside - we like this cute little ramekan. Place your clean rose petals around the ramekan and fill the pot with water just enough to cover the top of the rose petals. Keep the ramekan free of water.
Next you will want to take your pot lid and place it on upside down, This way when the water is boiling the condensation will drip downwards into the ramekan filling it with your new beautiful rose water.
Place your pot onto the stove top on medium heat and let it simmer for 15-30 minutes. Be sure to keep an eye on it so that all the water in the pot doesn't evaporate.
Sit back, play some music and enjoy the beautiful aroma that is now filling your house. We absolutely love this process as it makes the home feels so cozy and like a perfect Spring morning.
When your ramekan is filled with your rose water store it into a clean container of your choosing. A spray bottle, a mason jar or anyting with a lid so that your water can remain fresh.
The water that is left inside the pot with the rose petals can then be strained and made into rose tea. It is delicious, sweet and fills all your senses with fresh roses.