There is indeed some merit to the idea that everything old is new again. There are plenty of individuals that are discovering that some of the old beauty recipes withstand the test of time. Rose water and other tonics are fun because you can source flowers from your backyard garden as well as personalize them to your preferences. Plus, you can not only use these for your beauty routine, but some you can drink to keep yourself hydrated and feeling good from the inside out.
Basic Rose Water
There are two ways you can go about making rose water. In both, you want to start by taking the petals off of your roses. The first method takes longer, but some people swear by it, while the other speeds up the timeline of when you can start using it.
In the first method, you’ll take your petals and add them to a mason jar. Then, you’ll want to add the water. Make sure that you cover the petals sufficiently without going too far over the top of the petals. Adding too much water can dilute the smell you’ll achieve which is why you should add the water after the petals. Once you’ve gotten your jar ready, place it out in the sun. Over time, the petals will start to lose their color, and the water will be infused with the scent and tint.
For those in a hurry, you’ll want to take a small pot and add your petals. Once you’ve gotten the petals in the pot, you can then add the water in the same fashion as the mason jar without adding too much water. You’ll want to warm the petals and the water on low heat until the petals have lost their color as it simmers. The water should take on a colored hue.
Once either method is completed, you’ll want to strain out the petals from the water. A strainer with small holes or cheesecloth can be useful here. Strain into a mason jar or other container that has an air-tight seal. Cheesecloth has an advantage in that you can squeeze the roses to get every last drop of water.
This rose water can be used as a cleanser as is or you can give it a few upgrades as a facial toner. It can be stored in your refrigerator for several months if you don’t use it all right away. Signs that you need to make a new batch is if it starts smelling off or is overly cloud.
Rose Water Toner
Once you’ve made your basic mix, adding other elements can help you make your rose water more potent. Some common ingredients used include vodka, apple cider vinegar, and even kombucha. Green tea leaves can also be added, but as a tip make sure to add them during the steeping process for the best results.
Mint is a refreshing herb that you can add to your morning routine. Make your own mint toner in a similar fashion to the rose water. You’ll want to shred up the mint leaves to help get the oils into the water. Boil the water and mint until you get a sweet aroma of mint while the leaves start to lose their color. Let it cool, strain it, and store. This toner is great for the summer months and sunburns. A fun twist is rather than boil it with water, use apple cider vinegar in a mason jar. Once the vinegar has taken on the smell of the infused mint, add water.
Both cucumbers and tomatoes make great toners. In this case, you’ll want to juice the vegetable that you want and use this juice as your toner. Unlike the rose water, this will only last for a day or so before it starts turning. Cucumber is fantastic for oily skin while tomato offers a tightening effect. You can even combine these juices.
Sourcing Your Petals
When it comes to making natural tonics out of flower petals, one of the most important things you should look for in determining which flowers to use is the scent. You want blossoms that are exploding with a wonderfully strong smell. The stronger the flowers smell, the more fragrance will be imparted on the tonic you’re making.
One of the big things that you have to think about, especially if you plan on turning your rose water into a drink is that you’re sourcing your petals from a safe source. Taking rose petals that came in a bouquet that your significant other purchased for you may not be safe for your rose water. Talk to your florist about what’s used on their flowers before they make their way to you. Harvesting your own petals means that you know exactly what happened to them during the growing season and gives you the opportunity to make an educated decision on how to use your flowers.
These recipes are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to rose water and other natural tonics that you can whip up in your own kitchen. Feel free to experiment to find the particular blends and mix of ingredients that works for you.