We picked up the most beautiful fragrant roses from our favourite little flower/plant shop called Bloom Room. It's conveniently located just a few stores down from Matchstick, so it's almost impossible not to pop in after grabbing a coffee to look at what pretty things they have.
I've always wanted to try making my own rose water! It's not as daunting of a task as I always thought it out to be, you don't need any fancy tools, just basic things from your kitchen. The directions I followed were very similar to this post.
1. Start by taking all of and separating the petals from the stem.
2. Take two small glass bowls, (or one medium one) and place it in the centre of a large pot. I used a small one upside down basically just to add height to keep the petals and water from going in. If you have a deep enough bowl you can skip the second one that's just there for height.
3. Place the petals evenly around the bowl, and add a few inches of distilled water so they're covered.
4. Place the lid upside down on the pot so the handle is sitting in the bowl. Fill a large ziplock bag with ice and place it on the lid. Bring the water to a boil, once it's boiling turn it down to medium and let it simmer for about 20-30 minutes. Replace the ice once it's half melted, or after about 10 minutes. The rose water will drip into the bowl, once the petals have lost their colour, turn off the heat and let it cool.
5. Add your rose water to a glass spray bottle! I watered it down and added some eucalyptus and lavender essential oils, it's amazing!
I wish you could smell this, it's not too strong, just pure, florally goodness. The rose water has lots of healing benefits as well, it's full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. It also just calms me the heck down.