Whilst we look at Roses to beautify our gardens and homes, they also work well to make food items like Rose Jam/Jelly and Rose Water.  Rose water has an antiseptic property so it is also good in cosmetic preparations.  Here are 3 easy ways to give your roses a second life.  Always make sure they are organically grown and scented, the colour is immaterial (except if you are making a rose jam/jelly).

1)  For the purest form of rosewater which you can use  in sweets like Turkish Delight, Rice Puddings and Indian desserts:
    • simply tie the roses and suspend in a jar. 
    • Place the jar (as in picture) in the sun for 3 to 5 days you will start to see the water from the roses condensing.
    • Collect in a small bottle and place in the fridge as there are no preservatives.
    2)  The second way - condensation - is a little more involved:
    • wash the petals
    • place a ramekin in the middle of the pan
    • place the petals around the ramekin 
    • pour in a litre of water
    • cover with a lid (upside down) and put some ice cubes on the top
    • when the ice melts add a second batch of ice cubes
    • by the time your second batch of cubes melts you will have collected enough rose water in the ramekin.
    • pour into a bottle and refrigerate.
    3)  The third method you can use is best for cosmetic purposes - facial sprays or room fresheners.
    • simply place petals in a bowl and pour a cup of boiling water over them.
    • when cool strain
    • add a few drops of Jojoba oil (if using for a facial spray) or Lavender oil (for a room freshener).
    • pour into a spray bottle.