My roses are in full bloom this week and I’ve been busily preserving them in all sorts of ways!
This year, I’m documenting as I create, and compiling an eBook filled with ideas of things you can make and do with roses. It’s going to be my best one yet and I can’t wait until it’s ready to be released! (EDIT: My eBook is done! Check it out HERE!)
I made this lovely rose infused witch hazel for the book and then decided to include it in a birthday basket for my mom.
Here’s what her gift looked like: besides the Rose Infused Witch Hazel, it had Rose Face & Body Cream and Rosa Rugosa Soap. I stuffed fresh roses & petals all into it instead of extra tissue paper to hold things in place. (Just click the cream & soap names if you’d like to see the recipes for those as well.) She loved it!
To make rose infused witch hazel you only need:
- fresh rose petals
- witch hazel extract
I buy my witch hazel from Mountain Rose Herbs, but you may be able to find a similar, high quality witch hazel at your local drug store. Just read the labels and compare.
Gather the rose petals, make sure they’re bug free and then stuff them into a jar. (Jar size will vary depending on how many petals you can gather.) You want to fill the jar rather full, but not packed too tightly. (If you don’t have fresh petals, you can use dried. You won’t get as stunning of a color, but it will still work!)
Pour the witch hazel extract over the petals until the jar is completely filled. Cap with a non-metallic cap and let sit in a cool, dark place for about a week. Strain and pour the resulting colored liquid into a glass jar for storage. It should stay fresh for several months, though the color will fade over time.
NOTE: Depending on the color of your roses [& possibly type of witch hazel], you may end up with colors ranging from peach to pink to brown. I use a large portion of red and dark pink roses to get the beautiful ruby shade shown, so make a small test batch first and see if you like the resulting color that your flowers make. Don’t let your petals sit too long in the witch hazel – if you’ve reached a color you like, you can remove the petals before the week is up.
Because witch hazel is not usually recommended for internal use, be sure to clearly mark it so that no one confuses it for what it is. If there’s any concern that a small child could get into it, just use vinegar instead. Rose Petal Vinegar also maintains its stunning color much longer. (Click HERE for the recipe for rose petal vinegar.)
Okay, so this stuff is pretty, but what can you do with it? Here are a few ideas:
- Rub on bruises several times a day to help speed up healing time.
- Witch hazel is an astringent and antiseptic, so is helpful for spot controlling acne or used as an overall facial toner.
- Put some in a small spray bottle and store in the fridge for cooling relief of sunburn.
- Use for diaper rash. (Patch test on a small area first.)
- Carefully dab under your eyes to help firm up the skin and reduce the appearance of under-eye bags. (Don’t let any get in your eyes!)
- Witch hazel so can be used for treating varicose veins and hemorrhoids as well.
- Apply to itchy skin and rashes caused by poison oak and poison ivy.
Those are a few ideas, but a little research will likely gather you more!
Note: Nothing in this post or on this blog is to be construed as medical advice. I am a self-taught herbal hobbyist relaying home remedies that I’ve tried for my family. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to run them by a licensed medical professional first! This post may contain affiliate links, which means when you click on them and purchase something, I earn a small commission. This is at no additional cost for you, but does help support my blogging hobby! (Thank you!) :)