L Place the rose petals in the glass jar, filling it to 3 inches from the top. 2. Mix the witch hazel extract with the distilled water.

"j Fill the jar to the top with the liquid mixture

  1. Cover tightly, label and date, and place in a warm shaded area. Let the mixture sit for 2 to 3 weeks.
  2. Strain the rose petals from the liquid by pouring it through linen towel, muslin, or cheesecloth Wring out the cloth to remove extra rosewater.

Poked your eye on a tomato stake? To soothe a black eye, Matthew Wood, author of The Book of Herbal Wisdom, recommends a comfrey poultice. Simply bruise a few comfrey leaves (Symphytum officinale) and lay them over the affected area. That ugly bruise will fade in a twinkle. If you're pregnant, don't try this without consulting a doctor first. ^

  1. Store the rosewater in a Covered bottle. The rosewater will keep indefinitely, but the fragrance is best within the first year after you make this soothing lotion.
  2. To use, apply with a piece of cotton or spray lightly on your face. Rosewater is gentle enough to use around the eyes and can actually be used as a compress to refresh tired eyes.

Yield: 1 quart of rosewater

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