Rose Petal Bath

If you want to feel luxurious or create a romantic feeling, try making a rejuvenating rose bath.  Go ahead and have your own little American Beauty moment 😉 You will need the following ingredients:

Rose essential oil: 10-20 drops
1 tablespoon sweet almond oil
1/4 cup rose water
1/4 cup organic apple cider vinegar
1 large handful of rose petals (the more petals, the more lovely the bath is)

To make the bath, fill the tub and then drizzle the rose and almond oils in to the water.  Most rose essential oil is sold blended with jojoba oil, so put in about 20 drops to fragrance the water appropriately.  I’ve also discovered palmarosa oil which can be obtained from Mountain Rose Herbs pretty inexpensively and has a similar rose scent.   Then add the rose water and vinegar and gently drop in the rose petals.

The rose derivatives are good for you because rose’s astringent and anti-inflammatory properties allow it to tone and soften the skin while the sweet almond oil helps skin maintain its moisture balance.  The role of the vinegar is to neutralize the pH of the water so the essential oil doesn’t cause skin irritation.  Adding vinegar to any bath helps to maintain a healthy pH for the body, especially if you are having trouble with any skin irritation such as sunburn or fungal problems such as athlete’s foot.  I love Bragg apple cider vinegar, also available at Whole Foods.

The fragrance of rose absolute is sold as having the property of being “fortifying.”  The scent is thought to produce a stabilizing atmosphere during times of stress, anxiety and grief.  I can honestly say I believe in the healing properties, as it has strengthened and calmed me through some emotional times.  It is also considered to be an aphrodisiac and will get you in a sensual mood along with the delightful feel of the rose petals.  In addition to all these other benefits, rose is also a natural source of vitamin C which helps to decelerate the aging process.  If you have some of the rose oil on hand for this bath, know that you can also use it to simply apply around the eyes like you would an eye cream before bed.  The smell is soothing and it’s a great substitute for eye cream.  I always keep either rose or vanilla oil in my travel bag.

You can find the rose water at Whole Foods or a natural food store and is one of the things I recommended on my kitchen beautician shopping list post.  It’s popular at Middle Eastern stores if you happen to have one in your city.  It also works really well on its own as a toner for normal to dry skin and smells delicious.  In addition, it’s an ingredient in some gourmet recipes, so if you have some leftover on hand and don’t think you’ll use it all up, Google recipes and see if you can find a neat way to use it in the kitchen.  You can make all kinds of fancy cocktails with it.

If you don’t have almond oil, something similar such as jojoba, olive, or grapeseed oil is fine, but I would recommend picking up some almond oil next time you’re in the grocery or natural beauty store.  It’s a great ingredient for various kitchen beautician recipes.  It’s very nourishing and works great for the oil cleansing method or as a massage oil.

This recipe is also a great way to get the most life out of a bouquet of roses on their last leg.  I love having fresh flowers around the house and you can often find a bouquet of roses for $10-$15.  If you’re in the Houston area, Flowers Etc. By Georgia always has a carry out special of two dozen red roses for $25.  I love to put a rose on each side of the bed, at my desk, in the bathroom, etc. in little bud vases that you can pick up for $1 each.  Another option is to simply put the roses in a large canning jar.  When they are almost done, I pluck all the petals off and keep them loosely covered in the fridge for up to a week.  Sometimes grocery stores will sell petals by the scoop as well.

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