It is spring and my roses are beginning to bloom ! I just sprinkled them with some epsom salts to give them a boost of minerals. It reminded me what a great combination these two really are. I love to soak in epsom salts in my bath. I also love my roses! Roses are a natural beauty ingredient because they are naturally cleansing yet gentle for all skin types and their scent is uplifting and romantic. I decided to combine the two into a lovely floral bath salt that is perfect for gift giving or pampering yourself and enjoying your own roses. Make sure you use garden roses as they not only smell the best but are also free of pesticides. You can also use your roses in making rose water, scented body scrubs and in facial masks.
Here is how I prepare my petals for use in beauty recipes:
First I picked a bunch of roses — you can also enjoy them as an arrangement and when they start to fade, then use the petals.
I picked off all the petals and let them air dry for a few day. I know some people use food dehydrators or in the oven on low but it is really just as simple to let them air dry and give them a stir once a day — it usually takes a few days to dry. I use an old basket but a cardboard box or cookie sheet works well also.
I like to chop my petals up in the food processor this makes them easier to work with and also makes your tub easier to clean. All the fine bits and pieces easily go down the drain. But this step is totally up to you.
I found a huge bag of epsom salts at my local grocery and it even says on the label good for plants and your body! These natural salts were discovered in the well water of Epsom, England and have been used for hundreds of years. Chemically, Epsom salts are hydrated magnesium sulfate and sulfur. Magnesium helps with seed germination and the production of chlorophyll in plants. They also help soothe sore muscles as they are astringent and help boost your circulation.
Here is an easy recipe for you to try at home:
Garden Rose Bath Salts
1 cup Epsom salts
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup dried rose petals
4-5 drops essential oil of rose (optional)
Mix together all ingredients and pour into a clean container. To use: Pour into a warm bath and soak for 15 to 20 minutes.
Yield: 10 ounces
For gift giving I like to use a bit of vintage linen and lace tied into a bow and add a fresh rose. You could also do a whole “Rose” theme basket — with a fresh bouquet, rose oil, rose bath salts and rose water.
Have a beautiful day!