Sweet Mountain Life

Gardening, Vegetarian Food and Life in the Mountains of Western North Carolina

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Rosewater is amazing! It smells wonderful, but the scent does fade away, for those that really don’t like to smell like a rose garden all day. The most wonderful thing about rosewater is it’s ability to balance the skin’s pH. It helps to control excess oil and has anti-inflammatory properties that are said to clear acne, dermatitis and eczema, as well as reduce redness of irritated skin.

Making rosewater from this most romantic flower is simple. You’ll want to make sure the rose petals you use have not been sprayed with insecticides or poisons of any kind. Collect fully opened roses, remove the petals and place in a bowl or pan large enough to hold them. From here, you may pour distilled or boiled water over them to cover. Place a lid over the bowl or pan and steep for 10 minutes, much like tea. Strain, avoiding squeezing the petals, and allow to cool. Pour into decorative bottles or mason jars and store in a cool, dark place.

I love to keep my rosewater in the refrigerator. It makes for a very refreshing toner in the summer.

There are so many wonderful flowers and plants growing wild. I hope that, as I I learn more about using these amazing treasures, I can share them all with you and encourage you to make your life a little more simple. 😉

Until next time…


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The Mountain Comes Back to Life

It’s time to catch up and share some of what’s been happening on our mountain these last few months. But, first, a few photos and a little chit-chat on what’s happening right now!

I love Springtime! The buzzing, fluttering, croaking, chirping sounds that seem to rise up from the silence every morning to accompany new life, from seemingly nowhere, are the best alarm clock ever. The orchard is bursting with fruit this year! The wild berries are unbelievably full. It’s going to be a great year for cobblers, preserving and wine.

I caught a shot of the Scarlet Tanager, a bird I’ve never seen before, and the Hummingbirds have returned.

We now have chickens, adding 13 new babies to our little homestead, and we’re loving the new and interesting experiences having a flock of birds brings. Sometimes, quite interesting.

Rosewater! I tried my hand at rosewater. I love to keep it in the fridge, especially in the Summer. Rosewater tones the skin, helps with acne and more. It’s so refreshing after a bath or before bed. I’ll write a special post on how to make this simple scented water soon.


For now, I’m off to gather eggs and lettuce, collect a few herbs and see what the day brings. Here’s hoping you have a beautiful one!

Happy Homesteading,
Catherine and Michael