It’s June Roses are everywhere, why not use some of the petals whilst they are available. There is hardly any skin condition that can survive the healing touch of rose and you can use them in lots of other ways.
Used for thousands of years as a youthful skin tonic, rose water boasts some amazing benefits. One of my favourite ways to use rose is by spritzing rose water all over my skin.
Rose water is good for:
- Tightening pores
• Smoothing fine lines and wrinkles
• Balancing the acid mantle (skin’s PH)
• Slowing the aging process
• Freshens the complexion
• Calming the senses
Witch Hazel Method-keeps longer
Glass jar (wide-mouth,)
Rose petals, fresh 1 cup or dried – 1/3 cup
Witch hazel – 1/3 cup
Distilled water – 2/3 cup
- Place rose petals in a jar.
- Mix water and witch hazel and pour over the rose petals.
- Be sure the flowers are covered by an extra 2 inches of liquid.
- Cover with lid and place in a warm area out of direct sunlight. Leave to it for 2 weeks.
- Strain out the flowers and pour rose water into a clean jar or bottle. Label. Store in a cool place.
Glass jar (large, wide-mouth canning jar)
Rose petals, fresh 1 cup, dried – 1/4 cup )
Distilled water – 1-1/4 cups (heated until hot, not boiling)
- Place dried roses in a heatproof jar and pour hot water over the top.
- Let sit until cool.
- Strain out the roses Pour the strained rose water into a spritzer bottle
Use daily and often! Will keep for 7 days at room temperature or up to a month in the fridge
USES FOR ROSE WATER:
- add fragrance to homemade cosmetics
- use an an astringent for normal to dry skin
- add to the bath to provide a soothing aroma
- include as part of a shampoo or hair rinse
- use in facial scrubs and masks
- spray over bed sheets for a lovely scent
Rose petals are edible and can be collected at any time for this purpose. However, rose petals that are to be used in recipes or to be dried require a bit of planning. Be careful only to use unsprayed roses. The perfect time to collect rose petals is mid-morning, on a dry day when the dew has evaporated and there’s been no rain for at least the past two days. Bring your fingers over an opened rose flower and tug gently on all the petals at once.
- Roses that are ready to release their petals will fall easily into your hands while the center of the flower will remain intact to produce the rose hip soon thereafter. Petals that resist when you tug on them are not ready to be collected, and if you persist you may accidentally pull off the whole flower. While gathering your rose petals, collect them in a paper bag. This will help to absorb any moisture that may be on petals. A wooden basket will work. Only use a plastic bag as a last resort.
- To dry the rose petals, simply spread newspaper on a flat surface, distribute the petals across the paper and let them air dry. They should be ready in a few days. You can also let them air dry in a dehydrator, or turn it on and use the lowest setting (95°F).
Pot Pourri, Fragrance Bags & Bathtime Bliss
Rose petals are commonly used in potpourri, so why not make your own? It’s cheap and easy. While you can add dried rose petals to mini organza bags, you could also make your own bag with some leftover fabric scraps. Use shears to cut a square or circle in a piece of fabric. Add a few rose petals to the center, gather the edges together, then secure with a rubber band. Finally, add a ribbon to hide the rubber band.
If you’d like a stronger scent, add a few drops of rose essential oil. If you’d like the scent to last longer, add 1 tablespoon orris root powder to every 2 cups of rose petals.
Restorative and relaxing, rose petals are known to calm the mind. So the next time you want some “me time,” unwind by adding rose petals to your bath.
Because petals contain about 95 percent water, their nutritional value is limited and their calorie count is low. However, the petals do contain some vitamin C, though less than that found in rose hips, the fruit of the rose that appears after the flowers drop. I will add some rose hip recipes later in the season. For me the best way to use rose petals for cooking is to decorate a cake or dessert with them or to make a lovely rose coloured vinegar.
Rose Petal Vinegar
This stunningly beautiful rose petal vinegar is super easy to make and has tons of great uses! It will keep for at least a year, though the color is most brilliant during the first few months. To make, gather fresh rose petals and fill a mason jar quite full of them. (If you don’t have fresh petals, use half as much dried petals instead.) Heat up some vinegar (apple cider is best) to almost a simmer and pour over the rose petals in the jar. Let cool, cover the top of the jar with a plastic lid (vinegar erodes metal) and store in a cabinet for four to six weeks, shaking periodically. After that time, strain out the petals and it’s ready for use.