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Homemade Rose Water and Rose Oil Recipe

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Make your own rose water or oil at home with this method. You can make other herb extracts as well. You will need a lot of ice for this project, so plan ahead.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours

Total Time: 3 hours, 15 minutes


  • Clean rose petals or herbs (grown without pesticides)
  • Water
  • Ice


You can make rose water (or any other herb) and extracts at home with a bit of time and patience.

Place a heavy glass ramekin into a deep stockpot. Fill the ramekin 3/4 full with water to weigh it down. Place rose petals or herbs around the exterior of the ramekin in the bottom of the pot and cover with water halfway up the side of the ramekin. Place a shallow soup bowl on top of the ramekin. Bring the water and rose petals to a boil. Lower heat to simmer.

Place a stainless steel bowl on top of the stockpot. It should be large enough to seal the pot, but shallow enough so that its bottom is above the top level of the soup bowl. Fill the top bowl with ice.

Simmer the mixture 3 to 4 hours, depending on the amount. As the mixture boils, the heat rises and hits the cold bowl, causing it to condense and drip down into the inner bowl. Replace ice as needed as it melts.

When done, the small bowl will contain the rose water (or herb water). It will have a layer of rose oil (or herb oil) that is the essential oil or extract. The oil may be separated from the water.

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 5 out of 5
Science is Wonderful, Member Naakaloh

This is a great kitchen implementation of a method used in purifying and separating chemicals (Condensation on a cold finger). I would suggest a few adjustments: crushing or chopping the herbs may help release more oils (zesting for citrus peels). If your stainless steel bowl doesn't form a good seal, use a ring of aluminum foil folded a few times over may help; just be sure that condensation will still run into the collecting dish. For separating the oil and water, there are two methods that could work. The best would be to buy a separatory funnel and a ring stand for it; this will allow you to control the separation very easily; sep. funnels generally range from 15 to 50 dollars depending on size and are very fragile. The other method, which might be more difficult depending on the oil, is to freeze the products. This will result in a few possible outcomes: the water freezes but the oil remains liquid, the oil is easily poured off; the oil freezes but water is still liquid, the oil comes out in a chunk; both freeze, and you can try to separate the two solids (generally easy, but the difficulty depends on the oil). Good luck.

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