Rose water is luxurious and refreshing on warm summer days. The ultimate beauty tonic can cost quite a bit in stores, but it is ever so easy to make!
Harvest a few roses and place them in a saucepan. (Leave them on the porch for 15 minutes to let the bugs get out of them first!) A sprig of mint or lemon balm is nice along with the roses.
Cover with two cups of water and bring to boil. Turn off heat and let sit covered until cool. Strain. Transfer into a canning jar.
In glass 4 ounce glass spray bottles add 1 teaspoon of rose essential oil. Then fill 3/4 of the way with rose water and top off with vodka. This is what keeps your rose water from spoiling. This stays good for at least a few months.
Spray on face and body for a pick me up, a romantic interlude, or to just cool down in the hot summer sun. These make lovely gifts. The antioxidants from roses are made for the skin. The aromatherapy from the roses is sure to lift your spirits and captures the fleeting beauty of early summer.