I have always wanted to make my own rosewater, didn’t think I’d be able to without owning a fancy still. But my hero, Rosemary Gladstar, explains two simple methods for making rosewater in her book, Herbs for Natural Beauty. Our roses are blooming like mad right now so the ladies and I took full advantage of the opportunity. Today I will show you method #1.
2. Pour in just enough water to cover the roses and the brick. Then put the glass bowl on top of the brick. Turn the stove on high, place the inverted lid on top of the pot and bring to a boil.
3. Once the water comes to a rolling boil, place your ice on top of the inverted lid, lower the heat to a simmer. Tah Dah! You now have a homemade still! As the water boils, the steam rises, clings to the cold lid and condenses. The water droplets slide down to the center of the lid and fall into your glass bowl. Genius! What a GREAT science experiment!
Fauna and Araina wanted me to point out that you must clean and check your roses for any little critters that might be living in the roses before you turn on that stove. We found this chubby green caterpillar (which we are still trying to identify, think it’s a moth of some kind) amongst the pretty pink and purple petals. The ladies were happy to find a new friend, they don’t even mind the poop!
Method #2 doesn’t require cooking, but I will leave that for another day when we have more roses to use. The girls and I picked the plants bare! For a little history and some ideas to use your rosewater visit my post on Rosewater (there is even a recipe for rosewater cookies). Enjoy!