Thursday, May 23, 2013

Everything's Coming up Roses/Free Rose Petal Masque Recipe

Rose Bush

Spring in North Texas, what can I say?
Tornadoes, rain, wind, sun and roses....

Pink roses, red roses, yellow roses, I have them all.
I like to clip a few to bring into the house,
so pretty arranged with a sprig or two of rosemary.
But so short-lived, in a day or two the petals are falling off.

Let's put those petals to use.
I collect the petals and place them into my bamboo steamer basket to dry.
Once they're dried, they go into a large jar and live in the fridge.
Mixed with some old fashioned, rolled oats,
and put into a muslin bag, they make a wonderful soak for the bath.

Perhaps a facial masque.

Rose Petal , Oatmeal and Honey Masque
1 cup dried rose petals
½ cup of old fashioned rolled oats
¼ cup of local honey (farmer's market)
two teaspoons of rose water (recipe below) or distilled water
food processor or blender, bowl, jar, rubber spatula
1. Put the rolled oats into a food processor. Using the "pulse" feature, grind the oatmeal for a few seconds until it resembles a coarse flour.
2. Add rose petals to the oatmeal in the food processor. Pulse again to break up the petals.
Remove mixture to a mixing bowl.
3. Add the rose water or distilled water, and the honey to the rose petals and oatmeal mixture. Mix well. (Add more or less water to form a paste).
4. Apply the rose petal mixture to your face and allow it to stay on for 30 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and gently towel dry your skin.
Store any remaining masque in a covered jar in the fridge.
Rose Water
1 cup fresh rose petals
2 cups distilled water
tea kettle, bowl, jar, strainer
small pump bottle (found in the beauty travel section at most stores)
In your tea kettle, bring the distilled water to a boil. Place the rose petals in the bowl.
Pour the boiling water over the petals, cover the bowl and let the mixture come to room temperature.
Strain off and compost the petals and pour the rose water into a jar. Keep covered in the fridge.
The rose water can also be used as a facial spritzer, just pour a little in a pump bottle and spritz away.
I hope you give these recipes a try,
and feel free to share your own handmade beauty recipes.
thanks to my sister Jamie for reminding me.
Love and miss you Jamie.
Till next time, enjoy God's gifts!

1 comment:

Sue from Ky. said...

I have my own bees now, but don't figure on getting too knowledgeable regarding them and the uses of honey for awhile.Maybe some where down the road. My SIL is into bees big time and thought with all my flowers, my property would be a good candidate for setting up a couple of hives. We'll see how it goes.(He'll have to do the robbing when the time comes.)