In Ancient Greece at the palace of Cnossos, there was information found about extracting the oils of roses inscribed into clay tablets. The rose essence contains over 300 different chemical substances and was used for both medicinal and cosmetic purposes; many of which are still valid today! One of my personal favorite things to do with roses is a hydrosol which refreshes and moisturizes the skin. Give it a try!
Make Your Own Rose Hydrosol
- Rose petals from about six very fragrant roses.
- Large cooking pot with lid
- 2 small, heat-safe glass or ceramic bowls.
- Ziploc bags for ice (so it can be easily replaced after it melts).
- 6 cups of distilled water.
- A small glass bottle.
Place a bowl upside down in a pot. Then, drop your rose petals around the bowl.
Next, pour distilled water gently over the petals until the water level covers the petals and almost to the top of the bowl. Then, place a second bowl in the pot so that it rests on top of the other bowl.
Place the pot lid on but upside down to create a concave space where you will put the ice cubes. When the steam from the water hits the bottom of the icy cold lid, it will create condensation and drip back into the empty bowl.
Let the pot simmer until all the hydrosol has been collection. Turn off the heat and let it cool, with the top still on. After the water cools, collect the rose hydrosol and pour it into a glass container to use on your face and body.