Do you know that many roses are about to reach another peak blooming season in the fall, like, in the next two months?
Which makes me even more excited to share with you my newly discovered method of making this insanely luscious and fragrant rose oil!
It actually requires almost no work and no skill to make rose oil from freshly picked roses, but there is a simple little kitchen gadget that does the magic…
Like our last post on herbal oils, this gentle heat method requires little work, and really preserves the sweet fragrance of the roses.
Gentle heat + no work = yogurt maker! This 2-Quart Yogurt Maker is the same kind as what we used, you can also use this Electric Yogurt Maker with these cute 5 Ounce Canning Jars.
Note: thank you to our reader Shawna who sent me an article pointing out that the traditional ways of using fresh herbs to infuse oil is not as safe as using dried herbs, due to possible bacteria alive in the fresh plant. So for food use, dry / dehydrate the herbs and flowers first!
Step 1: gather the most fragrant roses from your garden, gown naturally without pesticides. If there are dew drops on them, let dry for a couple of hours till there are no more water on the surface of the petals.
Step 2: pack the rose petals tightly into a jar, and pour sweet almond oil (or other oils of your choice) over them till they are completely submerged.
There are many types of oils to choose from, here are 3 that are commonly used and easy to find, and all of them are loaded with antioxidants and healthy fatty acids, and are very mild in scent:
- Olive oil
- Sweet almond oil
- Sunflower oil
They are all great for use in culinary or beauty products you can make at home!
Step 3: place the jar uncovered inside a yogurt maker. Leaving the jar open will allow moisture to evaporate. Turn on the yogurt maker and let the magic brew for about 48 hours. The lid of the yogurt maker should be closed, although you can take a sneaky peek and smell the delicious oil in progress! Wipe off the condensations inside the lid twice each day because rose petals have a higher water content than herbs such as rosemary or lavender, that’s about all the “work” you need to do!
After 2 days, your jar of rose petals will have changed in color a little, and the oil smells heavenly!
Strain the oil, and remember to squeeze out the oil from the petals too!
- if you don’t have very fragrant roses at the moment, there’s an herb call Rose Geranium (see photo below) which can be used as a good sub. Use the leaves , which are intensely fragrant, and smell like roses!
- our rose oil here is different from rose essential oil. Essential oils require special equipment such as a still to make, and are much more intensely concentrated.
- if you want a even more concentrated oil, you can repeat the above steps several times with the same jar of oil. I love it after the first round already!
So what would you use your rose oil for?
I have something fun to share with you soon, can’t wait! =)
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