Rose Petal Vinegar is another way of using your rose petals from the garden. This is a very easy recipe to make, and the vinegar can be used in numerous ways.
What you will need;
Types of Vinegar to use;
White Wine Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar
Which is best?
You can use any one; keep in mind that the white vinegar will make a redder colored finished vinegar, but apple cider vinegar might be a better choice if your intended use is for sunburns, insect bites etc.
All are edible, so any could be used as a salad dressing
Please note: Only use organically grown roses to be sure they have not been sprayed with any chemicals!
The next step depends on how much of a rush you are to make the vinegar;
If you need this in a hurry;
In a non-metal pan, gently heat the vinegar(Do Not Boil)
Heating the vinegar speeds up the process
If you have plenty of time, do it the old-fashioned way;
You don't need to heat the vinegar....
(Use a plastic strainer if you choose)
It is best to use a jar that Does NOT have a metal lid.( Vinegar mixing with metal will give you a nasty metallic taste.)
Depending on the color of the roses you used, within a few weeks your rose petal vinegar will turn a lovely deep red color. (Lighter colored roses will be much lighter).
This vinegar is very pretty to look at, but it should be stored in a dark place, because the color fades in the light.
Rose Petal Vinegar has a very cooling effect, thus making it useful on itchy spots and sunburned areas. Some say it is even useful on Rosacea.
As with any product that you use on your skin, you should know how YOUR body will react to it before you use it!
Vinegar has a high acid content, and can sometimes cause contact burns especially on sensitive or delicate skin when applied directly. It is recommended that it is diluted with water before applying it to your skin.
My favorite use for this Rose Petal Vinegar is for Sunburn! It immediately cools the burn, and with my experience using it, my sunburn never seems to amount to anything, but fades into a tan. Note; I've never had a real Serious Sunburn, and I don't appear to have sensitive skin!