Sweet Mountain Life

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

Rosewater

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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…
Catherine

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