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How to Make Your Own Rose Water

Be sure you have a brick and heat-safe stainless steel or glass quart bowl ready before you begin.

2-3 quarts fresh roses or rose petals
Ice cubes or crushed ice

1. In the center of a large pot (the speckled blue canning pots are ideal) with an inverted lid (a rounded lid), place a fireplace brick. On top of the brick place the bowl. Put the roses in the pot; add enough flowers to reach the top of the brick. Pour in just enough water to cover the roses. The water should be just above the top of the brick.

2. Place the lid upside down on the pot. Turn on the stove and bring the water to a rolling boil, then lower heat to a slow steady simmer. As soon as the water begins to boil, toss two or three trays of ice cubes (or a bag of ice) on top of the lid.

3. You’ve now created a home still! As the water boils the steam rises, hits the top of the cold lid, and condenses. As it condenses it flows to the center of the lid and drops into the bowl. Every 20 minutes, quickly lift the lid and take out a tablespoon or two of the rose water. It’s time to stop when you have between a pint and a quart of water that smells and tastes strongly like roses.

Adapted from Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbs for Natural Beauty, by Rosemary Gladstar.

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8:36AM PDT on Oct 5, 2014

Love it. Essential ingredient of mango lassi

5:08AM PDT on Oct 2, 2014

Thanks for sharing, will try it.

12:15PM PDT on Sep 22, 2014

Chris C. -- not a dumb question at all.
Bricks used in homebuilding will shatter under heat one experiences in a fireplace. Fireplace bricks have been tempered to be safe in that situation.

In this instance, the brick does 2 things: it raises the bowl off the bottom of the pan so it is not in contact with direct heat and it (the brick) helps to stabilize the heat reducing temperature fluctuations.

11:44AM PDT on Sep 22, 2014

Please can someone tell an English dummy...what is a fireplace brick, and why do you need one here? Do you heat it up first? I really want to try this as I use a lot of rosewater and it's so expensive!!! Thank you.

4:41AM PDT on Sep 16, 2014

When we treasure, everything is beautiful

4:12AM PDT on Sep 16, 2014


9:31PM PDT on Jul 29, 2014

i think i will do this

12:02PM PDT on Jul 16, 2014

I can think of better things to do with my time.

2:37PM PDT on Jun 28, 2014


6:57PM PDT on Jun 19, 2014

This is great if you have lots of ice cubes in your freezer . Last time i did not so i did it the easier way which is to pack washed petals and some green tea in a glass jug till half full and pour boiling water on top cover and leave for 24 hour. I use this to make moistener and it worded will

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