I am usually so busy during the spring and summer months with my vegetable garden that I do not have time to do much of anything else. Keeping up with the weeding in 4 garden beds and a large garden left no time to have fun. This year is the seventh year in our big garden so we are letting it rest, thus the container gardening I am doing. Leaving me more time to enjoy foraging and making essential oils.
I have several rose bushes and there are wild rose bushes all over our property. So, I gathered a bowl of roses. washed & dried them, took the petals off the roses and filled several jars with the petals. Then I filled the jars with olive oil and covered them with a paper towel. Placing the ring on the canning jars to secure the paper towel. I then placed them in a dark corner on my kitchen counter and checked them daily to make sure all the petals were covered with the oil. After 4 weeks I strained the oil and poured it into a bottle which I keep on my vanity.
It’s now been 1 week of using my rose oil. I absolutely love the feel of my skin, it’s so soft. My regime of using apple cider vinegar as a toner then following up with the rose oil has made a huge difference in my skin. The other day I had a friend tell me my skin looked so soft and asked to feel it. I’ll be 50 years old in a couple of weeks, to have someone make that comment, it flattered me.
Beauty products do not have to be expensive. Infusing oil is very simple and takes very little time. Give rose oil a try to see if it makes a difference in the softness of your skin. If your face tends to be too oily, you might consider infused rose-water instead.
Originally published 7/3/2014