It’s spring again and so many beautiful flowers that we did not plant are popping up around our house. Today, I facilitated another herbalism lesson with my children using roses. After discussing their medicinal benefits, we created rose water and oil. Both activities are easy to do, and I know your family will enjoy this medicinal craft.
When most people think of roses, they think of Valentine’s day, love, and romance. However, roses have so much more to offer than just their beautiful appearance and aroma. Roses have been used for thousands of years as beauty remedies, in food, and as medicinal tonics. This angelic flower has many medicinal benefits that many people are unaware of.
Health Benefits of Roses
Roses can soothe skin irritation because of its strong anti-inflammatory properties.
They can improve your complexion.
Roses can prevent and treat infections.
Roses have antioxidants that can protect you from cell damage.
They can be used as an antibacterial to assist in the healing process.
As a nervine, it has an anti-depressant effect on your mood, enabling it to lift your spirit.
They also have anti-aging properties and can soothe sore throats.
Rose Oil Recipe
Step 1: Prepare 1 cup of organic rose petals by shredding them and placing them in a bowl (2-3 roses).
Step 2: Boil a pot of water, then remove it from the heat.
Step 3: Pour 1 cup grapeseed oil into a glass jar. (substitution oils: Jojoba or olive oil)
Step 4: Use a wooden spoon to swirl the petals into the oil
Step 5: Cover the jar with a lid and place it in the hot water. Warming the oil will release the medicinal properties from the petals.
Step 6: When the water cools, remove the jar.
Step 7: Let the jar sit for at least 24 hours (longer for stronger results)
Step 8 (optional): Use a sieve to separate the rose petals from the oil.
This oil can be used as a moisturizer for your hair and skin. My children enjoyed this project, and I am sure yours will too.