Here's a quick DIY project to do with all those roses you've gotten for Mother's Day.
- Gather the petals off of the roses, there's not a limit you can do this by eye. But you do need to get a good amount. ( you want petals only; no stems or leaves)
- Gently but thoroughly wash the petals making sure you rid them of any dirt or pesticides that may be on them (the finished product will be used on your skin, face, etc...so this step is extremely important. Don't skip it)
- Grab a large sauce pot place your rose petals inside, then pour in just enough water to cover the flower. You want to pour enough water to give yourself a good amount of rosewater however if you use too much water you'll be left with heavily diluted rosewater. (distilled water is preferred however filtered water is just as good)
- Put a lid on the pot and place it on simmer to low heat. You don't want it to boil at all, its important for it to not overheat. (you never want the water to reach a boil so its important to watch it)
- Allow the water and petals to steam until the water has taken on the color of the petals and the petals are either translucent or clear. (rose oil will be floating on the surface. its great for a million uses you can scrape it off the surface bottle it future use)
- Strain the water into a container or bottle. To make it last longer store it in the refrigerator.
- Toner : Rosewater makes an amazing toner, it does amazing things for your skin including acting as an anti-inflammatory, a source of antioxidants, also helps increase skins elastin fibers just to name a few of its amazing qualities.
- Hair treatment: after your shampoo and conditioner regimen try adding this to your routine. Add two tbl. rosewater to a cup of water. Pour it in a spray bottle and drench your locks with the solution.
- Skin care: boost up your favorite lotions by adding a bit of your rosewater to them. You can also add your rosewater to your scrubs, and essential oils
- Food: I know that one can take you back for a sec, but stay with me. It actually really adds a great additional level of flavor to your foods, salads, and drinks.