This weekend I tried another recipe from "herbal recipies for vibrant health". Rose water!! I have always loved the scent of roses, and instead of buying already made rose water, why not try making it yourself? There are two methods for making rose water in the book, distillation and through condensation in a home made still. I tried both methods, one with less than perfect results.

First I gathered petals from about 12-15 roses from the garden. This yielded a large basketful. (more than I needed for the still, but I'll get to that later...)

Rose Water Method 1

- fresh roses
- large pot
- brick
- small bowl
- water
- ice cubs (a lot)

1.  Place a brick in the center of a large bot with a rounded lid.  (I did not have a brick, so I used a small bowl)

2. Place a bowl on top of the brick. This is where the rose water will collect after it condenses and falls. (make sure the lid will fit upside down on top of the bowl without any gaps between pot and lid)

3. Fill the pot with roses, all the way until the top of the brick (or bowl)

 4. Fill pot with water just enough to cover the roses. Do not fill past the bowl otherwise when the water starts boiling, the bowl will tip over.

 5. Turn on stove and bring the water to a rolling boil. Then lower the heat to a low steady simmer, then put the pot lid on upside down. Fill the lid with ice. This is now a home made still!

When the water boils, the steam rises, hits the lid with the ice, and it condenses. As it condenses, it flows to the center of the lid, and falls into the bowl. Every 20 minutes open the lid, and remove the water from the bowl. Keep adding ice if it melts down to water, and dump the melted water out. Stop collecting the rose water when you have a pint or a quart, otherwise if you keep distilling, it will become too dilluted.

Rose Water Method #2

I still had too many roses left, so I decided to do the second method. For this second method you will need:

- 1 large jar
- 3 parts witch hazel, gin or vodka
- 1 part distilled water
- roses

1. Pour in your witch hazel, vodka, gin what ever you are using I used up the whole bottle of witch hazel for a 2L jar, that I filled about 2/3 of the way with roses. Fill the rest of the jar with distilled water until you are about 2 inches above the roses.

 Put the jar in a cool dark place for about 2-3 weeks, and when its ready, strain out the roses, and re-bottle it in your vessel of choice.

Happy rose water making!