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Easy DIY rose water recipe

I love the fragrance and flavor of rose water! If you're like me, and perhaps you don’t want to spend a fortune on rose water, follow my simple recipe to make your own! You can make your own rose water at home with just a few simple ingredients.

Rose water is a big part of the Persian culture. “Golab” aka rose water has been used by Iranians since ancient times as medicine, food, and even perfume. During celebrations and mourning, Iranians use rose, because it makes people relax and pleased.

Many cultures have a particular culinary use for rosewater. I grew up tasting it in so many of my grandma's delicious pastries. She loved her "golab".

Rose water is the natural byproduct of steeping rose petals in water (some people prefer distilling rose petals in steam). Rose water is said to have anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Whether you use rosewater for culinary purposes or for skincare, this recipe is so simple that you'll be making it over & over again!


  • 1 cup dried rose petals (or 2 cups fresh petals- make sure they're clean and pesticide free)

  • 5 cups of water


  1. Add 1 cup dried rose petals (or 2 cups fresh petals) to a saucepan with 5 cups of water.

  2. Bring to a boil.

  3. Reduce heat to simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes.

  4. Turn off the heat and let it sit for 1 hour before straining the liquid. I use a metal fine mesh sieve for straining, you could also use a cheesecloth.

  5. Voilà! Enjoy the lovely rose water! I like to add it to my skincare regiment, on top of using it for cooking and baking.

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