How to: Rosewater


Joy Yates

“Take time to smell the roses.”


In likeness to my previous article, “Nature’s Holy Trinity: The Finale,” I wrote about rose water. I also said that “you can even make it yourself, but that’s another post for another day,” and today is that day!
*A very important component to making rosewater is the type of roses you get and where you get them. Make sure you have organic roses without pesticides. I prefer to get my roses from floral farms.*
♦Things you will need♦

  • Distilled water
  • 7 Organic roses
  • Large pot
  • Strainer
  • Glass jar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vodka (Optional; For preservation)


  1. Remove petals from stems. Run the petals under lukewarm water to clean them.
  2. Add petals to a large pot with enough distilled water to cover the petals. If you add more more, you will dilute the rosewater.
  3. Bring water to a simmer. Bring it to a low- medium heat. Cover.
  4. Let it simmer until the petals have lost their color and are pale.
  5. Strain the mixture into a glass jar. Discard petals.
  6. Add half a teaspoon of vodka in the rosewater for preservation.
  7. If you would like to mix an essential oil in your rosewater, put 3 drops of it into it after you put the vodka in it.

Store rosewater in a dry place. The best time to use it is at night.