I have an abundance of roses blooming around my house and am always experimenting with ways to use them.
In fact, I created a whole eBook containing 36 of my favorite rose recipes and projects! (Click HERE to check it out!)
The petals are lovely sprinkled in salads, wonderful for making soap, my kitchen table hosts many a bouquet from my children, but one of the prettiest uses I think is for rose petal vinegar.
It’s very easy to make, simply collect a jar full of fresh rose petals. (I always let the flowers sit outside on the porch for a little while to make sure any bugs have time to escape.) (Bug vinegar is NOT so appealing!)
Heat some vinegar to a simmer, then pour into the jar filled with petals, all the way to the top.
Cover with a layer of plastic wrap, then a cap and let sit in a cool, dark place until the desired color is reached – anywhere from one week to six weeks.
Strain and decant into pretty glass bottles for storage or gift giving.
You can use whichever type of vinegar you prefer. Apple cider vinegar has extra goodness that makes it useful for medicinal purposes. Regular white vinegar or white wine vinegar both work as well. (I used regular white vinegar for the pictured batches.)
If you don’t have fresh, you can use dried rose petals. (Though the color will not be as stunning.)
Rose petal vinegar is not only pretty to look at, it’s quite useful too! It’s very cooling, so think of putting it on things that are inflamed such as bug bites and itchy spots.
Dilute with water and store in a spray bottle in the refrigerator to relieve the pain of sunburn. It is reported to be a great treatment for rosacea, though I’ve no experience using it for that.
For young children and very sensitive skin, dilute with more water. This also makes a lovely hair rinse or addition to your bathwater.
Mixed with around 3 parts witch hazel to 1 part vinegar, it makes a nice after shave splash.
You can also use this gorgeous vinegar in your favorite vinaigrette recipe.
Rose petal vinegar should be stored in a dark cabinet as the light will fade the beautiful color. It will keep at least a year, though the color is most brilliant during the first few months.
If you have an abundance of roses and want to preserve some of that beauty – try making rose petal vinegar today!
Love roses? I think you’ll love my eBook: Things To Do With Roses!