DIY: How to Make Homemade Rose Water

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It has been one of those weeks where I am at a loss of words to begin expressing. A couple of weeks ago I started obsessing over the idea of lemon lavender shortbread cookies and earl grey tea. I started craving these things before I even knew that comfort was going to be needed for myself and others in my life.

While sipping tea that evening and munching on my first batch of lemon spice cookies, I had sketched out several shortbread flavor variations. Each of the ingredients is based on the therapeutic qualities they possess.

  • Lemon – helps to see the sunny side of life
  • Lavender – relaxes; reducing stress and tension
  • Vanilla – lifts spirits and comforts 
  • Rose – calming; lowers anxiety and reduces anger
  • Bergamot – stimulates and an antidote for depression by creating joy, freshness and energy

Watch upcoming posts for flavor variations of “therapy” shortbread cookies. To prepare to follow my recipe therapy in your own kitchen I will leave you with the method I used to make rose water. 

Initially, I made a bottle of rose water to include in upcoming culinary endeavors. Since making it, I’ve discovered a number of other uses; subtle fragrance, scent for linens, makeup remover, bath water additive, aftershave, skin toner and hair treatments  

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DIY: How to Make Homemade Rose Water

A simple process for making rosewater at home.

1 minPrep Time

29 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • 1/2 cup Rose petals, dried organic
  • 1 cup Water, filter


  1. Boil the water.
  2. Pour boiling water over the rose petals.
  3. Allow the tisane to steep until cool. Pour into a jar for storage while straining out the petals.
  4. The rose water will keep best in a clean jar kept in the refrigerator for up to a month.


Obsessive Green-pulsive

My interests are more like obsessions. The intensity of interest in topics ebb and wane over time. I feel that this personality trait is fitting for retail. There are trending seasonal flavors that are best sold with honest buy-in from the salesperson. My tastes and interests easily follow such seasonal trends.

My newest obsession this season is green cleaning. The big topic of interest this week has been essential oil. It started when I came across some green cleaning recipes through a blog I follow for clean eating recipes. Rebecca had a post on DIY cleaning recipes with essential oils.
It had not occurred to me to make cleaning products and personal care products. Part of the reason I am even considering it is my son’s nut allergy and the family’s sensitivities to the aromas of traditional cleaning products. It seems there are health benefits and cleaning capabilities to essential oils so I will include them in my upcoming green cleaning and personal care creations. 
I read about the scent and  antimicrobial action of various oils on green Based on my research, the top three oils I am seeking to use for cleaning and personal care are lavender, sweet orange and lemon. A quick view of each oil’s benefits follow below.
  • Calming
  • Antibacterial
  • Antiviral
  • Anti fungal
Sweet Orange
  • Mood lifting
  • Nerve calming
  • Antibacterial 
  • Anti fungal
  • Energizing
  • Mood booster – helps to see the sunnier side of life
  • Antibacterial
  • Cuts grease