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January 23rd, 2013 | 4:50pm

From Your Santa Fe Spa Expert: How To Make Rose Water

Wonder what to do with roses? Make rose water!

Rose water has been made since ancient times for purification, healing wounds, calming parched dry skin, and soothing frazzled nerves.   

It's really a very simple process. Just collect fresh rose petals from your bouquets and gardens, pull out a few kitchen items and get ... distilling!

What you'll need:

  • enamel pot with a dome lid
  • brick or smooth round stones
  • heat resistant glass or stainless steel bowl (quart size)
  • two to three quarts fresh rose petals (no stems or leaves)
  • distilled water
  • ice (cubed or crushed)

Place the brick/stones in the bottom of the enamel pot on stove. Place glass bowl on the brick. Add the fresh rose petals to the pot around the base of the bowl and brick, then add enough water to cover the roses. The water should be right at brick level.

Bring water to a rolling boil then turn down to a simmer. Invert the lid (dome side down) on the pot and place ice in the lid. The steam rising from the roses and water below will reach the inverted dome lid, condense and drip into the bowl below.

Collect the water in 20 minute intervals and put it into a clean jar. It should make about half to one quart of the most wonderfully fragrant rose water.  Store in the refrigerator!

Posted by Suzanne Chavez, Spa Director

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