rose water

WitchCrafting: Crafts for Witches

July, 2018

Rose Water

Merry meet.

I have a Zephirine Drouhin – an old Bourbon rose from 1868. It’s one of the best-known climbers and is nearly thornless. The reason I love it so much, however, is its scent. Just the memory of its rich, old rose perfume makes me swoon.

When it’s in a happy place, it will bloom in Central Connecticut for about three or four weeks beginning in late May and than a second, lesser, shorter bloom in September. The one I had at my house was happy. The one I stealthily planted at my condo has never bloomed a second time, making this spring’s flowers that last I expect to enjoy before I move.

To preserve some of it just a little longer, I gathered a pan of petals, added just enough distilled water to almost cover, and then I put the lid on the pan and let it slowly simmer, never letting it boil, for about an hour. When all the color has left the petals, the water will be tinted the color of the roses and it’s done.

Strain and keep the rose water in a glass jar in the refrigerator. Consider adding up to one teaspoon of vodka to help preserve it longer than 7-10 days.

The rose water can be used in spiritual and magickal workings.

You can use in love magic to anoint yourself, charms, tools or candles. Rose water can also be for a cleansing prior to spell work, rituals and ceremonies by adding it to your bath or misting yourself with it, Sanserae of Yaels Moon said in a YouTube video.

Roses have magical attraction properties that work for love, luck or money, she explained. It can also be used in beauty spells.

A more involved distillation method would probably produce a more intense result. Instructions can be found for a simple hack here:

A similar method is described here:

Merry part. And merry meet again.


About the Author:

Lynn Woike was 50 – divorced and living on her own for the first time – before she consciously began practicing as a self taught solitary witch. She draws on an eclectic mix of old ways she has studied – from her Sicilian and Germanic heritage to Zen and astrology, the fae, Buddhism, Celtic, the Kabbalah, Norse and Native American – pulling from each as she is guided. She practices yoga, reads Tarot and uses Reiki. From the time she was little, she has loved stories, making her job as the editor of two monthly newspapers seem less than the work it is because of the stories she gets to tell. She lives with her large white cat, Pyewacket, in central Connecticut. You can follow her boards on Pinterest, and write to her at woikelynn at gmail dot com.

Herbal Creations

May, 2009

It’s been a busy month for me getting my herb gardens in. With the smell of Spring in the air I felt the need to share some of my favorite spring recipes. Lavender rolls are a yearly treat at Beltane in our house, hope you enjoy them as much as we do. Hope your celebrations are the best, lets make this is the first day of a Blessed Spring for all!
Lavender Herb Rolls

1 pk Active dry yeast
1/4 cup Warm water
1 Teaspoon white sugar
a dash of salt
3/4 cup cream cheese
¼ cup milk
1/4 cup Honey
2 Tablespoon sweet Butter
1 Teaspoon Dried lavender buds
1 Tablespoon Fresh lemon thyme
1/2 Tablespoon Fresh basil (finely chopped)
1/4 teaspoon Baking soda
2 Eggs
1 ¼ cup Unbleached flour
1 ¼ cup whole wheat flour

In a small bowl, add sugar to water, dissolve yeast in water mix (put this aside till it begins to foam). In a larger bowl, mix together the cream cheese, milk, honey, butter, herbs, baking soda and eggs. Add the yeast mixture. Gradually add flour to form a stiff dough, beating well after each addition. Cover and let rise about 1 hour, or until doubled in bulk. Punch the dough down. Place in a well-greased muffin tin. (you can use paper muffin cups if you wish) Let rise 30 to 40 minutes, or until doubled in bulk. Bake at 350 F. 20 to 30 minutes or untill golden brown.

Makes 10 rolls


(for skincare, not to be eaten)

2 cups of dried rose petals
1/4 cup vodka
1 cup witchhazel
1 cup distilled water
1 tsp glycerin
10 drops rose oil

Pour vodka, witchhazel and water over rose petals.
Put in a crockpot on low setting for at least 3 days.
Strain liquid into a jar (preferably not a clear jar), discard the rose petals.
Add glycerine & rose oil.