How to make your own Rosewater (Skin Toners, Room Sprays etc)

20141013_092336Make sure that the rose petals that are being used are organic. If you are making your own rosewater for skin toners, you will want to insure that they were grown without any harmful insecticides or pesticides. Which means you will probably want to harvest them for you own personal garden and not use petals from the roses your partner may have given you for a special occasion.

Ingredients

Large Handful of {Organic} Rose Petals

Enough {Distilled} water to just cover the rose petals

20141013_092342Directions

Place the fresh rose petals in a large pot, cover with distilled water, about a 1/2 inch over the petals. Lightly steam the petals until all of the colour has faded. Be careful not to bring your water to a boil or all of the special properties of the water will be lost.

Let the water cool and then strain out the petals, what you are left over with is rose water that can be used in creams, lotions, skin toner, room sprays etc.

Keep the left over water in the fridge to better preserve.

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How to Make an Alcohol Based Tincture

First you must start with a clean work surface and gather all of your tools:

– Sterilized glass mason jar

– Boiling water

– Pure Vodka

– Dried herbs of Choice (I used Horsetail, which is full of silica for strong hair and nails.)

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Fill your mason jar half way with the dried herbs you have chosen to make your tincture. Make sure not to pack them down. Next fill your mason jar with just enough boiling water to completely wet the herbs. This step also helps with the infusion and will create a stronger tincture.

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Next, fill the mason jar the rest of the way with pure vodka. Always make sure to use a type of alcohol that can be consumed. Never use rubbing alcohol!

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Sercure the jar with a tight fitting light and store in a dark, cool place for 6-8 weeks. Make sure to shake the jar everyday and do not let the he contents settle.

 

** I decided to make a Horsetail tincture which is full of silica and helps to promote strong hair and nails. When taking a tincture internally it is recommended to first dilute in a small amount of water. If you would first like to evaporate the alcohol, make as a tea and pour a small amount into boiling water. Since this tincture is specifically for hair, I will be adding it to my shampoo and massaging it into my hair along with coconut or olive oil.