[gallery type="circle" ids="4635,4637,4636,4638,4639,4640"] Besides the lovely scent of these delicate petals, roses can be used topically as a toner because of its light astringent properties. This is my favorite recipe for rose-water by the master herbalist Rosemary Gladstar.
- 3 parts which hazel extract
- 1 part distilled water
- fresh organically grown rose petals
Mix the witch hazel extract with the distilled water. Place the fresh roses in a quart jar.
Completely cover the roses with the witch hazel/water mixture, adding enough extra mixture to cover the petals 2 to 3 inches above.
Cover tightly and place in a warm shaded area.
Let the mixture sit for 2 to 3 weeks.
Strain out the roses and rebottle the water for use.