Rose petal moisturizing oil, infused with spiraling dried petals, offers a feast for the eyes, an ethereal scent and nourishment for the heart, all while soothing the skin.
I am fortunate to care for rose bushes that allow me to harvest petals directly to create my own rose botanicals, including homemade rose water and bath salts. Many flowers (such as lavender and chamomile flowers to name a few), can be enjoyed, either fresh or dried, and incorporated into these relaxation recipes.
As a Certified Meditation Instructor, I have seen firsthand the benefits my clients experience when they cultivate self-care practices that use holistic and intuitive remedies for their own relaxation.
Dried Rose Petals:
- Organic rose petals (all colors)
- Dehydrator (such as Nesco) -OR- baking sheet
Carefully wash and dry the petals.
Spread them across a dehydrator tray without overlapping. Dry on the lowest setting (usually 95 degrees F) for 8 hours. Petals with deeper hues (dark reds) may take up to 12 hours. Smaller petals that are lighter in color may take as little as 4 hours.
Alternatively, on a sunny day without wind, spread the petals across a baking sheet and allow the petals to air-dry outside in the hot sun (this can take between 3-4 hours). Flip the petals halfway through drying to ensure even heat distribution.
If wind is a problem, consider setting your oven to its lowest temperature (usually around 150 degrees). Spread the petals across a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes, until dry.
Rose Petal Moisturizing Oils:
- Dried rose petals
- Jojoba (or preferred carrier oil)
- Glass bottle with top
Gently place dried rose petals in a glass bottle, careful not to let the petals break. Layer the petals as best you can all the way to the top of the bottle. Pour in jojoba or your preferred carrier oil (almond, coconut, etc.), filling the bottle entirely. Let the oil infuse overnight. The petals do not need to be removed; although it may be easier to pour the oil if they are discarded.
Use this rose petal moisturizing oil before bathing, as a makeup remover, or incorporated into my bath salt recipe.