How to Make Rose Oil at Home

Roses aren't just beautiful; they also have properties that make them excellent for skin care.  The oil from roses has been said to be anti-inflammatory and help with skin irritations.  I'll be featuring some recipes with rose oil over the next few weeks, so this is a great ingredient to have in your stash.

Last week, I showed you how to make rose water, which makes an excellent toner.  Now I'll show you how to make rose oil from rose petals.  I used one dozen roses to make both recipes, so start with at least 6 roses to make this recipe.  

How to Make Rose Oil at Home

How to make rose oil at home from fresh roses.

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What You Need
  1. Bring a few inches of water to boil in a pan.  As soon as it boils, remove from heat.  
  2. Crush or shred a cup of fresh rose petals and place in a quart sized mason jar. 
  3. Cover with one cup of oil.  Swirl the oil around to cover the rose petals, but do not shake.  
  4. Cover the jar and place it in the pan of hot water.  Make sure the pan is not on the heat source.  You want to use the heat from the water and not from the stove.
  5. Let the jar sit for 24 hours in a warm place.  I just left mine on the counter.  You just don't want it in a very cool place like in front of the AC.  
  6. Line a colander with cheesecloth.  Pour the rose oil through the cheesecloth.
  7. Grab the edges of the cheesecloth and make a ball.  
  8. Press the oil out with a spoon.  Discard the petals.

Pour the oil in to a jar or other container.  You can use it as a body oil after bathing, or you can use it in recipes.  I'll post a some rose oil recipes in the next few weeks, so be sure to follow my DIY Beauty Recipes pin board or sign up for my newsletter.
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