10 things to do with your rose petals!


1. Infused Rose Petal Water Rose water is one of those ultra-healthy secret beauty potions that most women, previously including myself, are willing to pay top dollar for. And for good reason, too. Rose water is known for calming rosacea and acne, hydrating and moisturizing skin, balancing the skin’s pH levels, preventing puffy eyes, calming burns, acting as a natural mouthwash alternative, and the list of beauty benefits go on and on. You can also create Rose Petal Ice Cubes and place them into your water! Just fill an ice cube tray with water and place one rose petal into each ice cube section. Then put the ice cube tray in freezer and allow the cubes to freeze. Voila!

Check out this blog post on how to make it at home step-by-step: CLICK HERE!

2. Tea infused with Rose Petals

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons dried rose petals

  • 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped

  • 2 ½ cups boiling water

  • 1 tablespoon honey

Directions Place the dried rose petals and vanilla bean and seeds in a large measuring cup or teapot and pour on the boiling water. Stir in the honey, cover and let steep for 30 minutes. Strain and serve warm, or reheat and serve hot.

3. Dried Arrangements or Dried Rose Wreath!

One way to give any rose a second life is to dry them and it really easy to do. Gather your roses into a bunch and secure then together with a rubber band. (The stems shrink a little as they dry and rubber bands adjust nicely to the changing size of your rose stems.) Use a loop of the elastic band to hang your roses with the flower facing downward to dry.If you are drying more than one bunch of roses, allow space between them so the air can circulate.Depending on humidity levels, a bunch of roses may take a week or two to dry. Dried correctly, the stems of the roses will be stiff and hard. The roses should be somewhat crisp to the touch.

Roses don't dry entirely true to color. There is always a bit of a shift. Cool pink roses become a soft mauve. Red roses turn a burnt shade of deep red. White roses become cream and then more beige as they age. Yellow roses become a beige shade as well. As you might expect, multicolored roses become an interesting mix of shades. Dried roses are nice just as they are. You can also take the petals and make a sachet, fill a jar or even make a wreath.

CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS TO MAKE THE WREATH

4. Potpourri Rose petals have a calming scent, and creating a mix that leaves a lovely lingering scent in your home is so easy. This DIY also makes a memorable homemade gift. Ingredients:

  • One dozen roses

  • Large plate

  • Newspaper or cardboard

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried lavender

  • Rose essential oil or rosewater (Direction Above)

  • Sealable glass container

Directions: 1. Start by removing the petals from the flowers. Spread the petals over a plate covered with a layer or newspaper or a length of cardboard, which helps dry the flowers. Place them in a warm, dry spot for two to three days. 2. Once the petals have started to crisp around the edges, place in a sealable glass jar. To set the scent of the flowers, add a fixative, which locks in the wonderful aroma. Sprinkle the mixture with one half teaspoon each of ground cinnamon and ground lavender. Take the potpourri to the next level by sprinkling it with four to five drops of rose essential oil or rosewater. Close the container, and shake. Leave in a warm, dry spot for 24 hours, and then shake again. 3. Open the jar, and enjoy your homemade potpourri! If you want a stronger scent, then sprinkle it with an additional one quarter teaspoon each of ground cinnamon and dried lavender and a few extra drops of rose essential oil. Close the lid, and shake, letting the potpourri rest for 24 hours or up to one week, shaking the jar every couple of days.

5. Salad with Rose Petals Who would have guessed that something so beautiful could taste so good! Add some great color and unique taste to any salad this summer!

For the salad pictured on the right, simply mix the following ingredients in a pretty salad bowl:

Spring Greens, fresh garden herbs, unsprayed rose petals and sweet, creamy poppyseed dressing.

~ polka dot dressing ~

1 cup light mayonnaise

1/3 cup honey

zest of 1/2 orange

2 Tablespoons poppy seeds

1-2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar

pinch of salt

Place all ingredients in a canning jar and shake to mix. Cover tightly and refrigerate until you’re ready to top your salad.

6. Rose Essential oil Essential oils have so many benefits and you can make some of your own at home with the roses from your garden!

Things you'll need

  • 8 cups rose petals

  • 1 cup jojoba or olive oil

  • Pot

  • Water

  • Glass jar

  • Pestle

  • Sieve

Step 1

Bring 4 cups of water to a boil, then remove it from heat.

Step 2

Put 1 cup of jojoba or olive oil in a glass jar. The North Country Soap Making Library reports that jojoba oil tends to capture and hold the rose scent longer than other oils, but if you do not have jojoba oil, olive oil is suitable.

Step 3

Set the glass jar with the oil in the pan of hot water. This will keep the oil warm, which helps it pull the scent from the petals.

Step 4

Shred or crush 1 cup of rose petals with a pestle in a glass bowl. You can also use a wooden spoon or your fingers if you have no other supplies available.

Step 5

Place the petals in the jar with the oil and cover. Once the pan of water cools, you can move the jar to a warm, sunny window sill.

Step 6

Leave the oil and petals alone for at least 24 hours. Tea Rose Lane.com recommends letting the petals soak in oil for up to 7 days, depending upon how strong of a scent you desire.

Step 7

Remove the rose petals from the oil and squeeze them to get all of the oil into the jar.

Step 8

Strain the oil through a fine mesh sieve into another jar or glass bowl to remove any petal pieces or other debris.

Step 9

Repeat Steps 1 through 8 for a minimum of 7 days.

Step 10

Store the finished rose oil in a dark glass jar, or a glass jar kept in a dark cupboard.

You can let the first cup of petals remain in the oil for 24 hours, and then allow the second cup to remain in for 48 to 72 if you wish.

WarningsIf you experience itching, burning or redness when using rose oil on the skin, discontinue use. You may still be able to use it for aromatherapy purposes.

7. Rose Sugar Scrub

Scrubs are great for the summer because it keeps your skin exfoliated and glowing!

Sugar scrubs also have a few benefits over salt scrubs. For one, small sugar granules are generally gentler than salt, which can cause microscopic tears in the skin; two, because of sugar's natural humectants properties, these scrubs are more hydrating than salt scrubs, which can strip skin of natural oils.

To make your own DIY rose sugar scrub, combine the 1 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup of coconut oil, and 1 1/2-2 cups of fresh rose petals in a food processor. Pulse until blended. If the mixture is looking a bit dry, add an extra tablespoon of coconut oil.

Add in 10-15 drops of rose essential oil. Stir. Seriously, how pretty is that, y’all?!

Spoon into an airtight container, and it’s ready to go! If you’re giving this DIY rose sugar scrub away as a gift, consider tying on a cute label and small wooden spoon, too!

8. Rose Petal Bath Bomb! Who doesn't love to take a nice bath at the end of a long day?

Ingredients for DIY Rose Bath Bombs ½ cup baking soda ⅛ cup arrowroot powder 2 teaspoons beetroot powder ¼ cup citric acid ⅛ cup pink himalayan salt, fine 1 teaspoon rosehip oil 3 teaspoons sweet almond oil 3 drops eucalyptus essential oil 1 tablespoon dried rose petals 1 to 2 teaspoons witch hazel set of bath bomb molds

Add baking soda, arrowroot powder, citric acid, and pink himalayan salt to large glass mixing bowl. Whisk to blend and remove any clumps. Add beetroot powder for a natural pink color. In small mixing bowl combine rosehip oil, sweet almond oil, and eucalyptus oil. Then slowly the wet mixture into the dry mixture, whisking as you go. If the mixture begins to fizz or foam, slow down.

After combining mixtures, scoop a small amount into your hand and squeeze it together to test the consistency. It should stick together and hold it’s shape. If the mixture is too dry and powdery, add a ½ teaspoon of witch hazel or water. Then mix well and test again. Repeat until you have the correct consistency.

Once the bath bomb mixture is ready, place a pinch of dried rose petals in the base of one half of a bath bomb mold (this is the set of bath bomb molds I use, they never fail). Scoop each side of the bath bomb mold into the mixture until it’s just overflowing. Then press together and let stand 2 minutes. I recommend using multiple bath bomb molds so you can keep going while the others are setting. Continue to add a pinch of dried rose petals to one half of each bath bomb. Once set gently release the bath bomb onto a cutting board or cookie sheet. If the bath bomb cracks while removing it, scoop a little more mixture and press together again.

Allow bath bombs to dry uncovered 8 hour or overnight. Once dry, store in a dry place or container until use.

Yields: 6 large bath 5 oz bombs or 12 to 15 small 2 oz bath bombs

9. Rose Hip Kombcuha

Rose Hips are what you get from your roses at the end of the season and they have GREAT benefits including a lot of vitamin C that can help in preventing and treating colds, flu, and vitamin C deficiencies! CLICK HERE for a great receipt to use your rose hips in!

10. Classic Fresh Cut Arrangement

Cutting your roses right before they start to open and placing them into a vase will bring that scent into your home!


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