Roses are one of the most versatile flowers in the planet. They are not just recognized for their beauty and connection to love and romance—they also possess many natural benefits and practical uses, especially the petals. Do you want to incorporate roses into the living space? Here are some things you can do around the house to fully extract the goodness of rose petals, and be sure to check out the range at Roses Only.
Rose Massage Oil
Looking to soothe that muscle ache and taut nerves? Infusing rose petals into nutritious oils can be your salvation. Pack a dark bottle or jar with fresh rose petals and pour olive oil to marinate them. Mix thoroughly to make sure all of the petals are covered with oil and close the lid. It takes approximately 6 weeks for the petals to truly share their benefits to the oil, but it will be worth it!
For a more nourishing oil, you can opt to use walnut or macadamia oil. These essential oils are especially useful for dry and sensitive skin.
Rose Petals in Your Bath Water
What are roses if not romantic? It has been said that roses can help to open the heart chakra. If you are nursing a broken heart, sprinkling rose petals on the bathtub can be a sweet and simple strategy for an emotional healing.
Since roses have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, incorporating them in homemade soap bars can help you to preserve a healthy skin condition. Antioxidants help to prevent aging by increasing the skin’s ability to regenerate, while the natural anti-inflammation can deal with acne, eczema, and redness due to dermatitis.
Using roses as a facial mask is an inspired idea. Rose petals carry an antibacterial effect, so it can prevent blemishes and speed up wound healing. You can crush dried petals and fold it into any type of facial masks you currently own, or you can make them from scratch. Crush some rose petals and add a little bit of water to make a paste. Mix them with yogurt and apply to the face and neck for 30 minutes.
If you are a tea lover, you don’t need to go to a fancy restaurant to have a cuppa. You can make them yourself at home! Dehydrated rose blossoms can be used to make a fragrant brew. The tea produced tastes light, fruity, and low in calories but most importantly, it is healthy!
Rose tea, especially that made from wild roses petals, is especially useful in curbing diarrhea thanks to its astringent property. Rose petals also act as an emmenagogue and help to relieve menstrual cramps. As if those aren’t enough, roses are rich in vitamin C and polyphenols, a substance that the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition believes can prevent cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and even cancer.
To make a rose tea, you need either fresh or dried rose petals. Steep 1-2 teaspoons of dried petals in a near-boiling water for two to three minutes. If you are using fresh rose petals, mix 2 cups of petals with 3 cups of water and heat them together for five minutes. You can also mix the tea with some honey to cure your sore throat!
Scented water can be used in a number of different ways. Since roses are cooling and hydrating, rose water can be used as a facial mist for dehydrated skin. If you are a vixen in the kitchen, you can also add rose water to your cooking. Rose water is widely used in desserts, such as ice cream and macarons. Another creative use of rose water is to spray it to your linens at home. Since it is a natural fragrance, you won’t be inhaling factory-made chemicals while you sleep.
To make rose water at home, mix rose petals with distilled water and simmer on low heat. After the petals start to lose their color, strain the water and allow it to cool. Store in bottles and keep them in a cool, dark place.
Bakers often use vanilla-scented sugar to enrich their cooking, so why not create a rose-scented sugar? It will add a sweet, herbaceous note to your bakes. You can use this fragrant sweetener for hot or iced tea, fruit salad, and all kinds of icings.
The process of making rose sugar is a little bit different to vanilla-scented sugar. You need 1 cup of fresh rose petals and 1 cup of white sugar. Chop the rose petals finely and place them in a mortar. Add the sugar in bit by bit and crush these two ingredients together. You will end up with a gorgeous pink-colored sugar right after. Don’t worry if it turns brownish overnight. It is still usable, just the color isn’t as pretty. Store the sugar in an airtight container to use whenever you need it.
Rose Ice Cubes
Make your drinks looks fun and flirty with floral ice cubes. Did you know that in Iceland, it is a part of their everyday culture to use flowers and herbs in ice cubes? Apparently, doing this every day can have a pore tightening effect. Simply drop some fresh rose petals into your ice cube tray and let them freeze. Easy breezy!
Have any leftover petals from last Valentine’s flower bouquet? Why don’t you make it useful and create a scented sachet? Add a touch of rose oil to the dried petals and keep them in small muslin or organza drawstring bags. It can be a pretty little addition to your armoire or even the lingerie drawer. Wink, wink!
Rose Petal Trails
Whether you are having a dinner party or simply want to romance your partner, nothing beats the power of fresh rose petal trails. It is a beautiful addition to any dinner table, and a trail of red roses is an inviting preamble to a romantic evening for two.
Can’t wait to create your own rose-flavored trinkets? Or do you have other creative uses of rose petal you would like to share? Well, however, you use them just remember that you can always have fun with rose petals. Enjoy your DIY moment!