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 :)
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