Friday, December 2, 2011

Aromatherapy/Botanicals Tip of the Week

Today is part 2 of my segment on recipes from the Fragrant Waters workshop at the Cooperstown Farmers Museum. For the first part, I shared a recipe for lavender water and now I'll show you guys how to make rose water.

Like lavender water, rose water can also be wonderful in baked goods and can also be used as a natural facial toner when made without alcohol.

Rose Water
3 1/2 quarts water
1/2 quart vodka (any cheap vodka will do, no need to buy the expensive stuff!)
12-15 drops all-natural rose essential oil

Pour the vodka into a container large enough to hold at least 4 quarts of liquid. Add 12-15 drops of rose oil and shake vigorously. Add enough water so that the total mixture is about 1 pint shy of a gallon. Shake again. Add the remaining water to make 1 gallon. Filter the water using a coffee filter, then pour into amber glass bottles to store (the dark bottle helps keep the mixture from spoiling).

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