Enjoy the soothing qualities that petals impart to a bath or facial.
Rosewater, first made in the 10th century to cure the spitting of blood, remains an important ingredient in fine soaps and perfumes. It's one of the easiest ways to capture the essence of roses from your garden. Soak a cloth in chilled rosewater, and place it on your forehead for a while to relieve a headache caused by being out in the sun too long.
1. Place 1-1/2 cups bottled spring water, two tablespoons vodka, and 1-1/2 cups fresh fragrant rose petals in a clean 1-quart glass jar. Store the jar in the refrigerator for one week; shake it daily.
2. Strain out the rose petals and pour the rosewater into a bottle or atomizer. Spritz or splash it on your skin. Rosewater keeps two weeks in the refrigerator.
Make your own aromatherapy bath by scattering rose petals and other botanicals, such as lemon balm and scented-geranium leaves, in the bathwater. Add fern fronds and hydrangea blossoms for a romantic touch.
Make a delightful mud mask that both cleanses and soothes your face.
1. Mix equal parts powdered cosmetic clay (green, red, or white) and either rosewater or distilled water until a smooth paste forms. If the paste is too thin, add a bit of powdered clay; if it's too thick, add sprinkles of water.
2. Stir in a handful of minced rose petals (just-picked and sweet-scented). Mix well.
3. Apply the mask to your face, avoiding the delicate skin around your eyes. Relax and allow the mask to dry (15-20 minutes). Rinse it off by splashing your face with warm water, then cool.