Method 1: Place the Rose petals in the mason jar. Add the oil and use a wooden spoon or bamboo skewer to ensure all the petals are coated. Add enough oil to the top of the jar (you should have enough with 2 cups, if not, add more to the top of the jar). Place on the lid and screw cap and lit sit 6 weeks in the cupboard. Strain the oil into a clean bowl using a sieve lined with a coffee filter. Now pour the oil into a dark, clean bottle. Label and keep refrigerated. Shelf life: 6 months.
Method 2: Place the Rose petals in a crock pot. Cover with the oil and ensure all petals are submerged under the oil (you may need more oil). Turn the heat to low and let gently heat for 1 1/2-2 hours. Turn off the heat and let the oil cool. Pour the oil into a bowl using a sieve lined with a coffee filter. Store the oil into a clean, dark bottle. Label and keep refrigerated. Shelf life: 6 months.
Rose is known for its emollient and soothing properties and is excellent to help with dry skin, fine lines, scars and dry cracked heels. You can use this oil:
There are 2 methods to make this oil: the first is as an infused oil and you'll need to wait 6 weeks for the oil to infuse. I think this is the better method between the two, BUT if you need a face oil right away, then use the crock pot method. You can make the oil in 1 day, and really in just a few hours. It's very easy, and once you've added the ingredients to the crock pot, there's nothing to do but strain the oil and pour into a clean jar for storage.
You can add Vitamin E (1 tsp or several opened capsules--> use a sharp knife and squeeze out the oil) and Rosemary essential oil to act as natural preservatives (10-30 drops), but bear in mind that they won't protect against fungi, mold or yeast. Nasty bacteria thrive when water is added to formulas, and since this is an oil, you technically don't have to store it in the fridge. However, to extend shelf life and prevent it from going rancid (which what the Vitamin E and Rosemary EO help with), keep it in the fridge.
Note that you can use different oils based on use and skin type. Olive and Grapeseed oil are fine to use for a perfume or massage oil. Avocado, Walnut and Jojoba oil (Jojoba is expensive!) are great nourishers for dry skin (great to use during the harsher colder months) while Olive, Sunflower and Grapeseed oil make a lighter facial oil for the warmer months or for those with normal/combination skin.
Variation: To make this into a Rose Perfume, you can do so naturally in 2 ways:
1- Once you have made your oil from using the crock pot method, now pour this oil over some more fresh Rose petals in the crock pot. Ensure the Rose petals are submerged under the oil. Turn on the heat to low, let warm 1 1/2-2 hours, cool enough to handle, then strain. Repeat this process a few more times until you get the scent you desire (3-5X). You can add a few drops of Rose EO, if desired.
2- Add the Rose oil to a glass roll-bottle and place a few drops of Rose Geranium essential oil. The more drops you use, the stronger the scent. I'd try between 2-10 drops.
Variation: Use fresh or dried Rose hips. Rose hips are high in Vitamin C and are known for their antioxidant properties. Excellent to use on dry skin, mature skin, for fine lines, wrinkles and as an under eye serum. Recommended to be kept in the fridge. Bonus: the fruity scent is amazing and will open your heart up to love for sure! :)
As always, Enjoy :)
Rose Petal Tincture
To Make the Rose Tincture:
--> Place the rose petals in the mason jar. Pour the alcohol over the petals almost to the top. Use the handle of a wooden spoon to ensure all petals are submerged below the alcohol. Add more alcohol to the top of the jar. Put on lid and screw cap and let sit in the cupboard for 6 weeks. Strain out the liquid using a sieve lined with a coffee filter. Make sure to squeeze the rose petals to remove any liquid.
To Make the Rose Cordial:
--> Place the water and sugar/stevia blend in a pot and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve. Once dissolved, remove from stove and let cool. If using honey, place the honey in a bowl and add in warm water. Stir to combine.
Add in the rose tincture and rose hydrosol/floral water and stir to combine. Store in clean bottles and label.
This is a great recipe to add some ooh-la-la to that rose tincture!
BIG NOTE here: add in 1/2 cup or 1 cup of the sweet water first and taste test. If you find it's not sweet enough, add in more or the whole 2 cups. In other words, you can make your cordial as sweet as you wish, or give it more of an alcohol feel by using less sweetener. Pay in mind that Lakanto and some stevia blends are not as sweet as sugar/honey, so you may want to add in more if you're looking for a sweet taste.
Adding in rose floral water gives it a slightly more rose taste, so feel free to use equal amounts of water OR some additional alcohol instead.
As always, Enjoy :)
Add all herbs to a crock pot. Cover the herbs with olive oil, mix to coat, then add in 1-2 inches more oil. Put on Low and let warm 1-2 hours. DO NOT cook the oil! The salve will smell cooked and it won't be pleasant! Let cool enough to handle, then strain out the oil using a nut milk bag or a sieve (you can line the sieve with an unbleached coffee filter if you like).
Add the oil to a pot with the wax. Many use the ratio 1 cup oil to 1 ounce shaved wax. Melt on Low heat, then do the freezer test: scoop a bit onto a spoon and place the spoon onto a plate. Put in the freezer, wait 5 minutes and then see if the consistency is to your liking. Salves are usually somewhat hard in texture, like a lip balm you'd buy at the store. Pour the salve into clean glass jars (plastic is OK too) or metal tins. Let cool, then put on the lids, label and store in a cool place.
Keep one in your purse or bag at all times, the uses for salves are many!
I really like this recipe because these herbs are easy to find in health food stores or online, plus it's easy to make in as little as a few hours, so you can make the salve all in one day (unlike some other recipes, where you have to infuse the herbs and wait 6 weeks!).
It's a simple salve using just 3 ingredients, and all these herbs have vulnerary properties. Yarrow makes this salve have an anti-itch, styptic quality while Rose lends her emollient ways. Calendula, of course, is just a top of the line known vulnerary for all kinds of wounds, cuts and burns!
Uses for salves are many: wounds, cuts, burns, and dry and chapped skin ANYWHERE on the body.
If you like you could also add Vitamin E to this recipe (use a sharp knife to prick open the capsules). 1/2-1 tsp Vitamin E for every 1 cup salve.
As always, Enjoy :)
*And/OR Olive, Sunflower OR Grapeseed oil---see directions
Place all the dried herbs in a crockpot. Cover herbs with oil, stirring with a non-metallic object to ensure all the herbs are coated with oil. If you have St John's and/or Chickweed infused oils, you can add however much you want to help cover the herbs (e.g., 1/4 cup, 1/2 cup, etc). If you only have a little, or none at all, that's fine. You can use Olive, Sunflower or Grapeseed oil, or even a combination of these oils. Put the crockpot on Low and let gently warm for 1-2 hours. DO NOT cook or boil! Your finished product will not be pleasant! You want to gently warm the oil so that the herbs' medicine can gently be released into the oil. Yes, gentle.
Let the oil cool, then put a nut milk bag in a bowl and pour the oil into the bag. Put the herbs in the bag and squeeze out as much oil as you can. Compost the spent herbs. Since there may still be herb particles in the oil, you'll want to filter them out. Line a sieve with an unbleached coffee filter, place or hold the sieve onto/over a pot, and pour the oil into the lined sieve so that the oil drips down into the pot.
Once done, add in grated beeswax (or pastilles) OR candelilla wax. The usual ratio is 1 part oil to 3-4 parts wax. Put on low heat to gently dissolve, stirring with a wooden spoon to ensure conformity.
Do the spoon test: scoop up a bit of the salve on a spoon and place it onto a plate. Put it in the freezer, wait 5 minutes, and then see if the salve is to your liking. Too hard? Add in more oil. Too soft? Add more wax. Then test again.
Once to your liking, you can add in Vitamin E and your chosen essential oil (EO), if using, to the pot, then pour into jars.
Another more interesting way is to fill ALL the jars with the liquid salve and to each jar, add in a different EO (1 type or a blend, as you prefer). Then, to each jar, prick 1 capsule of Vitamin E and stir it in. You can leave some jars without EO (recommended for use on sensitive bits). See Cat's Comments for uses.
This is a versatile recipe, but also a cheeky one using 9 different herbs! You don't have to use all 9, of course. Comfrey and Calendula are major vulnerary herbs, but so are the other herbs. And each herb has her own specialty that she adds to the mix:
Rose is emollient, vulnerary, astringent
Yarrow is styptic, vulnerary, antimicrobial
Plantain is cooling, vulnerary
Violet is cooling and emollient
Goldenrod is astringent, vulnerary
St John's helps with nerve restoration
Chickweed is cooling and anti-itch
Other alternatives: You could make an infused oil with several fresh herbs and then add the beeswax to turn it into a salve. OR, you could use some dried herbs and then use infused oils with fresh herbs--- really, whatever you have on hand. I find the salve to be pretty forgiving!
Some advice: I'd have my pots lined and up ready, because depending how much wax you've added (as well as heat and humidity in your home), it can harden fast. If you're using essential oils, I'd have those ready too. Have the Vitamin E capsules and a sharp knife to prick open the capsules, and several bamboo sticks for stirring (you'd want to using a different bamboo stick for each essential oil to avoid "cross-contaminating" the scents!).
What can you use this Salve for?
As always, Enjoy :)
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