Traditionally, it is derived from crushed rose petals using the process of steam distillation. This process is actually used for the production of rose oil which is being used in perfumes and rose water is obtained as a by-product. The highest production of this refreshing by-product takes place in Middle East Countries.
It can be safely used on all types of skin to make it soft and beautiful. It cleanses and tightens the facial pores and is used as a skin toner for oily skin. It is used to cure acne and as a moisturizer for dry skin. Besides, it is also helpful to fight off wrinkles and other signs of aging. Rose water is also included while treating sunburns and other skin infections.
Making a Toner
Materials Needed: 4-6 Freshly picked organic roses, 2 cups of distilled water, a heat resistant bowl with lid, a sterilized glass jar and a cheese cloth or kitchen strainer.
Procedure:Place the rose petals into the heat resistant bowl. Boil 2 cups of distilled water and pour it over the petals. Cover the bowl and leave it untouched for half an hour until it cools down. Strain the liquid in a jar using a cheesecloth. Throw away the petals collected in the cloth and store the freshly prepared rose water in refrigerator.
Materials Needed: Fresh roses, distilled water, enamel pot and sterilized glass jar.
Procedure: Pluck and clean the petals. Spread the petals in a thin layer at the bottom of the enamel pot. Add distilled water to it so that they are just about covered. Heat the water till it is steaming, however, ensure the water does not boil. Continue to steam the petals for till the color fades out from the petals. Oil will be visibly floating on the surface. Allow it cool down and then strain out the liquid. Store the rose water in a jar.
To increase its shelf life, add a tablespoon of alcohol which will act as a preservative.