Sunday, 1 July 2018

Fresh homemade rose water

Rose water at home, sounds interesting? That too, if it is with the fresh petals about to fall off. Yeah, it is easy to make & with very satisfying result. You can get it in an hour. It is fragrant, fresh & with attractive colour.
Now, your question may be on the uses and benefits of rose water. Right, it has numerous benefits nutritionally as well as therapeutically! Worldwide, Rose petals are being used since ancient times for its healing properties. It is very rich in vitamin C & antioxidants. It is believed that, the rose aroma relieves stress & anxiety. It is used in the treatment of mouth ulcers, constipation because of the cooling property. It is a secret ingredient of the beauty industry. It improves the health of hair and skin, works as skin cleanser.  It is suggested to consume orally in the form of tea or gulkand (rose petal jam) as well as use externally to wash the face &skin.
So, it is the time to use the rose petals in your garden, which is pesticide free! Good if you have the fragrant variety.  


I used 2-3 varieties of roses in my garden, result is great. I am very happy to receive positive feedback from my friend & neighbor to whom I shared this rose water!
Rose petals/ extract can be used in many desserts such as ice cream, milkshake, flavored yogurt, baking, and tea or in the form of rose water.  Look here for the recipe of Fresh rose petal milkshake.


Here is the method to prepare fresh rose water. 
Preparation Time: 30 minutes – 1 hour
Yield: 100ml/ 1 cup rose water
Ingredients:
Fresh rose petals – 1 cup, preferred fragrant variety
Water – 1 cup
Sieve/ Strainer

Method:
  • Collect the rose petals which are pesticide free. Clean and discard the stem part. Check if any bug/ insects found, discard the petals having bugs. Wash under running water.
  • Now pour the filtered water in a vessel, bring to a boil.
  • Add the cleaned rose petals to boiling water. Switch off the stove & cover the vessel with a lid.
  • Set this aside for 1 hour.
  • Strain the rose water to collect only the water and discard the petals.
  • Store fresh rose water in a glass jar. It can be stored in refrigerator.
Notes:
  • This water can be used to mix your regular face pack.
  • It can be used to wash face or feet for softer skin. Or even it can be added in the bathing water too!
  • Add this rose water with 2 mugs of warm water in a tub, dip your feet for 5-10 minutes and dry. This will give you better result in repairing cracked heels.
  • If you are using it in food, then choose the rose variety which is not bitter.
  • Most important: People with allergic & sensitive skin type should use this with caution as few individuals show allergic reaction to rose. In that case one can get skin rashes.

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