The rose in all its splendid beauty has been a part of beauty recipes and even medicine for centuries in countries such as ancient Egypt, India and Greece. Rose oil or ‘water’ can be found in almost every beauty product on the market including face creams and masks. The rose is an all-natural astringent that tones the skin. It also helps to prevent wrinkles and lessen the appearance of scarring. It also has a special place in aromatherapy as the scent of the rose helps to alleviate depression and creates a sense of euphoria when the scent is inhaled.
Let’s go to the kitchen and whip up some of summer’s best rose beauty recipes!
STRESS RELIEVING ROSE PETAL ‘TEA BAG’ BATH
½ cup rose petals
¼ cup dried mint
¼ cup whole oats (ground)
¼ cup dried milk powder
In an old nylon stocking or muslin bag, combine all the ingredients and tie the end. Give it a good shake’ and your ‘tea bag’ is done.
Run a very hot bath and toss in the tea bag. Let it simmer in the tub for about 10 minutes as the water cools slightly. You can add more hot water to warm the bath. The ‘tea bag’ can be reused once. Just be sure to hang it up to dry before your next bath!
HOMEMADE ROSE WATER
12 large rose petals
1 cup water
In a small saucepan, bring the water to a rolling boil. Add the rose petals and remove from heat. Leave to steep for a full 30 minutes. Drain and store in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed glass bottle. The rose water will last in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Astringent – Rose water is excellent as an astringent to cleanse the skin of dirt, oil and impurities. Soak a cotton ball in the rose water and wipe over the skin to purify and tone.
Tired/Swollen Eyes – Rose water is an all-natural way to cool and soothe tired eyes. Use an eyecup to rinse the eyes with the rose water. Alternatively, soak cotton balls with the rose water and place on tired eyes for at least 15 minutes.
REALLY ROSY FACE MASK
8 rose petals
2 tbsp rose water (from previous recipe)
1 tbsp yogurt
2 tbsp honey
Soak the rose petals in water for 10 minutes. Drain. In a small bowl, crush the petals with the back of a small spoon. Mix in the yogurt and the honey. Apply to face and leave for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.