Rosewater: Benefits, Uses, and Easy DIY Recipe

Introduction to Rosewater

By now, most of you know I love to be as self-sufficient as possible. I don’t really believe in buying something if I can make it myself. I also love knowing what is in my products. From homemade wine to handcrafted soaps, if I have an ounce of free time, I’m probably making something useful. It just feels good to make things myself.

I have several varieties of roses growing on my property, and one thing I love to do with them is make rosewater. It’s amazing to see how we can use what grows locally to create our own useful products for health and beauty.

This fragrant liquid, made from rose petals and water, has a rich history that spans centuries and cultures. Originating in ancient Persia, it has been used for various purposes, from cooking to beauty rituals and religious ceremonies.

Today, it is celebrated for its versatility and numerous applications. You can find it in stores that sell tiny little bottles for $10 or more. This is another reason why I choose to make my own.

Whether you’re looking to enhance your skincare routine, add a unique flavor to your dishes, or simply enjoy its soothing aroma, rosewater offers a natural and aromatic solution. In this article, we’ll explore the benefits, uses, and a simple method to make it at home.


How to Make Rosewater at Home

Creating rosewater at home is super simple and beats the $10 dollar price tag of purchasing a tiny bottle at the store. Here’s my favorite method:



  • Fresh petals from organic roses (you never want to use flowers sprayed with chemicals). Enough to loosely pack a pint size jar.
  • 2 cups distilled water


  1. Prepare Your Rose Petals: Rinse the rose petals thoroughly and place them inside a large glass jar.
  2. Heat the Water: Pour 2 cups of water into a small saucepan and bring it to a light boil.
  3. Mix and Steep: Pour the boiling water over the rose petals in the jar and close the lid. Allow the mixture to cool, then gently invert the jar a few times to mix the petals. Leave the jar to sit upright overnight.
  4. Strain the Mixture: The next day, pour the contents of the jar through a colander into a small bowl. Squeeze any remaining liquid from the petals into the bowl.
  5. Store: This rose water recipe yields a large batch, so I store mine in the refrigerator. When kept in a clean, sterilized jar, rose water can last up to 6 months in the fridge.

Benefits of Rosewater

Rosewater offers a range of benefits, making it a versatile addition to your daily routine. Here are some of the key advantages:

Skincare Benefits

  • Hydration and Refreshment: This natural hydrator helps to refresh and revitalize your skin. It can be used as a toner to balance the skin’s pH levels and provide a burst of moisture.
  • Soothing Properties: With its anti-inflammatory properties, rosewater can help reduce redness and irritation, making it ideal for sensitive skin. It can also soothe sunburns and other minor skin irritations.
  • Antioxidant Protection: Rich in antioxidants, it may help protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals, promoting a youthful and healthy appearance.

Health Benefits

  • Relaxation and Stress Relief: The gentle, calming scent of rose has been found to reduce stress and promote relaxation. It’s often used in aromatherapy to enhance mood and alleviate anxiety. Source
  • Mild Astringent: It can help tighten pores and tone the skin, providing a gentle astringent effect without the harshness of alcohol-based products.

Aromatherapy and Relaxation

  • Calming Ambiance: Adding this fragrant liquid to a diffuser or spray bottle can create a serene and soothing atmosphere in your home. Its floral fragrance is perfect for unwinding after a long day.
  • Enhanced Sleep: Spritzing some on your pillow before bed may help improve sleep quality by promoting a sense of calm and relaxation.

Versatile Uses of Rosewater

Rosewater is not only beneficial but also incredibly versatile, finding applications in various aspects of daily life. Here are some creative ways to use rosewater:

Culinary Uses

  • Flavor Enhancer: Add a few drops of rosewater to desserts like cakes, cookies, and pastries for a unique floral flavor. It’s particularly popular in Middle Eastern and Indian cuisines.
  • Refreshing Beverages: Mix rosewater with lemonade, tea, or cocktails to create refreshing and aromatic drinks. It’s a delightful way to elevate your everyday beverages.
  • Salad Dressing: Incorporate rosewater into salad dressings or marinades for a subtle, fragrant twist that complements a variety of dishes.

Cosmetic and Beauty Applications

  • Facial Toner: Use rosewater as a natural facial toner to cleanse and tighten your skin. Apply it with a cotton pad after washing your face to help balance your skin’s pH levels.
  • Hair Rinse: Add rosewater to your hair care routine as a rinse after shampooing. It can help condition your hair, reduce frizz, and add a subtle fragrance.
  • Makeup Setting Spray: Create a homemade makeup setting spray by mixing rosewater with a few drops of glycerin. Spray it lightly over your makeup to help set it and give your skin a dewy finish.

Household and Cleaning Purposes

  • Air Freshener: Fill a spray bottle with rosewater and use it as a natural air freshener. Its pleasant scent will freshen up any room without the need for artificial chemicals.
  • Linen Spray: Spritz rosewater on your linens and clothing for a fresh, floral scent. It’s especially nice for bed linens, creating a soothing and inviting atmosphere in your bedroom.
  • Mild Disinfectant: Use rosewater as a gentle disinfectant for surfaces in your home. Its antibacterial properties make it a natural alternative to chemical cleaners.

By exploring these versatile uses, you can make the most out of your homemade rosewater, integrating it into various aspects of your lifestyle. In the next section, we’ll discuss tips for storing and using rosewater effectively.


Tips for Storing Rosewater

Proper storage and usage are essential to maintain the quality and effectiveness of your homemade rosewater. Here are some valuable tips:

Best Practices for Storage

  • Airtight Containers: Store rosewater in a clean, airtight glass container to preserve its freshness and prevent contamination. Dark glass bottles are ideal as they protect the rosewater from light exposure.
  • Refrigeration: Keep rosewater in the refrigerator to extend its shelf life. The cool temperature helps maintain its quality and enhances its refreshing properties when applied to the skin.
  • Shelf Life: Freshly made rosewater can last up to six months when stored properly. Always check for any changes in color, scent, or consistency before using it.

To wrap things up, remember that making your own rose water is a wonderful way to harness the beauty and benefits of roses right at home. By storing it properly, you can enjoy its refreshing and fragrant properties for months. 

Whether you use it for skincare, culinary purposes, or simply as a delightful aromatic mist, homemade rose water is a lovely addition to your natural remedies and self-care routine. Happy crafting!


Homemade Rosewater Recipe

Barbi Gardiner
Create your own fragrant and refreshing rosewater at home with this simple recipe. Perfect for skincare, culinary uses, and aromatherapy.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Infusing Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 10 minutes


  • Enough fresh rose petals pesticide-free to loosely pack a pint size jar
  • 2 cups distilled water


  • Prepare Rose Petals: Rinse petals thoroughly and place them in a large glass jar.
  • Heat Water: Boil 2 cups of water in a saucepan.
  • Mix and Steep: Pour boiling water over petals in the jar. Close the lid, let it cool, then invert the jar a few times. Leave overnight.
  • Strain: The next day, strain the mixture through a colander into a bowl. Squeeze remaining liquid from petals.
  • Store: Pour back into jar and store in the fridge for up to 6 months.


Transfer rosewater to a spray bottle for easy use.
Spritz onto skin and hair as desired for a refreshing, hydrating effect. Enjoy your homemade rosewater!
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