Throughout history roses have been used as symbols of love and beauty. Roses are one of my favorite ingredients to use in skin and hair care. Rose petals are anti-inflammatory and mildly astringent. They can be used on all skin types, especially dry, red, irritated, sensitive, dehydrated, and oily skin. Roses help hydrate and balance the skin, and they leave the skin and hair delicately fragranced.
Here are a few simple ways to use rose infusion in cosmetics. Rose infusion is basically a strong tea made from rose petals.
1-2 teaspoons of organic dried rose petals
8 ounces of distilled or spring water
Boil the water. Turn off the heat, add the rose petals, stir, and cover. Let steep for 15-20 minutes or longer (I like steeping them for at least an hour. They can be steeped for several hours, if desired). Strain and pour into a clean sanitized bottle. Store your rose infusion in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. For a longer shelf life, add a preservative, and use within a couple weeks.
Rose Toner or Rose Mist:
Add your rose infusion to a spray bottle and use it to tone the skin, after cleansing. Or use throughout the day as a mist to hydrate the skin.
Rose Hair Rinse:
After shampooing use the rose infusion as a rinse. If your hair is very dehydrated, you can mist your hair throughout the day.
Add the rose infusion to your bath. Let it cool a bit before adding it to the bath water (be careful not to burn yourself). Or add the hot rose infusion to the bath and mix with plenty of cooler water, before you get into the tub.
If you don’t have time to make rose infusion then add a handful of dried rose petals to a muslin bag. Hang the bag off the faucet head as the tub is filling.
Rose infusion is also a nice ingredient to add to masks, or to use as the water phase in creams and lotions.
About The Author:
Li Wong is the owner of Earth Alkemie, an all natural, vegetarian skin care and mineral makeup company. She has a B.A. in Environmental Studies (Biology) and a M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy. Li has been crafting natural cosmetics and studying aromatherapy and herbalism since 2001. Environmental interests include conservation, botany, ethnobotany (uses of plants by indigenous peoples), mammals, organic standards in cosmetics, urban wildlife issues, environmental education and awareness, and public perception. For more information on environmental issues, Eco Living, natural cosmetics, aromatherapy, and herbalism check out: Solarkat’s Eco Blog: http://solarkateco.blogspot.com/
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