How To Use Dried Roses... And Other Important Info On Roses
By Meagan - April 08, 2013
Guest Contributor: Tessa McKnight Everyone loves roses. They have a lot of meaning to them. Romance, love, tender feelings, they are beautiful, smell incredible, and you betcha, also have health properties to them. When you have such a flower that wins in just about every area, how can you possibly avoid falling in love with it?! And once you know about some of the amazing and practical uses for your roses, how can you just let them sit there looking pretty all the time? ;)
Roses Are Herbs Roses are indeed herbs. Used both in the culinary area of life, and too, in the medicinal area. You can make tea with rose petals, and even syrups, cookies, oils, and tons more. The petals of your rose plants are one of the most beautiful and useful things you have growing in your garden whether you consider them an herb or not. Today though, we’re going to concentrate on one specific uses for rose petals, dried or fresh. Roses make an amazing tincture called rose water. Pretty simple, huh? Rose petals and water, and you have a beautiful toner for your skin. All homemade. All natural. And super duper easy. Rosewater can also be used to sweeten up sweets in the kitchen, but that’s another topic for another day. Be sure to come back this Friday because Meagan is going to be talking about how you can make hydrosols or floral waters easily at home! Rosewater Rosewater is essentially rose-scented water. As I’ve already mentioned, the uses are wide and varied. Right now we’re going to learn how to make our own rosewater toner by making a rosewater tincture.
What You’ll Need
- Rose petals, dried or not (see below for info on drying roses)
- Quart jar
- Quart jar lid
- Optional: Kumbucha, Witch hazel, Apple cider vinegar, Vodka, Rubbing alcohol
Some Things To Note If you’re growing your own roses and other flowers, this isn’t something you’re going to have to worry about. However, if you buy your flowers from a grocery store or other flower store you’re going to run into the horrid problem of chemicals. Those things that haunt us just about everywhere. I would recommend finding roses that have not been sprayed or grown in fertilizer for making your toner (or any tincture for that matter.) Sometimes our quest for being healthy and making things from scratch can be defeated in a matter of seconds if we don’t know what has been put on our food and flowers. It’s tough at times, but totally worth it to seek out all--naturalally and naturally grown roses...especially when you’re going to use them on your skin or in your food.
Benefits of Rosewater Back to our rosewater! Aside from the fact that it’s fun to make, smells lovely, and is sooo elegant, check these out! A quick Google search will bring up many results for the uses of rosewater. I've highlighted a few below.
- Rose oil is good for anti inflammatory, so it can help reduce redness and swelling, it’s also great for acne
- The beautiful scent of roses is a mood enhancer (yay!)
- You can pour a little rosewater into your bath for an all-over soak that will make you feel beeeeeautiful!
- You can help take away the dark circles under your eyes by applying rosewater there
- You can drink rosewater. It’s rich in many wonderful vitamins
- If you apply rosewater to insect bites (like icky mosquito bites!) it will help stop the itching
- Rosewater is a natural disinfectant. If you put rosewater in a spray bottle, you can use it just like you’d use a disinfectant spray around your home or office
- Rosewater also is a soother for sunburn
- It’s a great cleanser and will help remove oil and dirt from your skin, plus, it’ll be wonderful in aiding the removal of makeup
- You can add a few drops of rosewater to your shampoo for a bit of natural conditioner and moisturizer
- Rosewater will also help hair growth
Your Turn! Have you tried making your own rosewater tincture? How did it turn out? What were some of the things YOU used it for? What kinds of herbs and other liquids did you add to it?
Tessa McKnight blogs at TessaMcKnight.com, where she talks about life, the quest of living naturally, home birth, homeschooling, book reviews, delicious recipes, and more! She’s married to Chuck (who blogs at BeingFilled.com), and together they live life as a daily adventure seeking to honor Christ. In addition to blogging, Tessa enjoys family, coffee, getting lost, cooking, and going on new adventures with her husband. Find her on twitter @TessaDMcKnight.