Soothing roses and anti-inflammatory witch hazel combine in this beautiful rose infused witch hazel.
It’s perfect to use as a facial toner, for bug bites, acne, sunburn, varicose veins, and more!
My roses are in full bloom this week and I’ve been busily preserving them in all sorts of ways!
I first made this lovely rose infused witch hazel several years ago and decided to include it in a gift basket for my mom.
Here’s what her gift looked like in the photo below.
I stuffed fresh roses & petals all into it instead of extra tissue paper to hold things in place. She loved it!
How to Make Rose Infused Witch Hazel
To make rose infused witch hazel you only need:
- fresh rose petals
- witch hazel extract
I buy organic witch hazel from Mountain Rose Herbs, but you should be able to find a similar, high quality witch hazel at your local drug store.
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 have beneficial properties.)
Pour the witch hazel over the petals until the jar is completely filled. Cap with a non-metallic cap and let sit in a cool, dark place for several days, or up to one week.
Strain and pour the resulting colored liquid into a glass jar for storage. If you’d like a more intense color, pour the strained witch hazel over a fresh batch of rose petals to create a double infusion. Store the infused witch hazel in the refrigerator.
Rose infused witch hazel has always stayed fresh for me for several months, though the color will fade over time. However, I’ve heard from a few people who reported theirs went bad sooner. If this is a concern for you, you could choose to either use the witch hazel up within 2 weeks, storing in the refrigerator between uses, or add a preservative.
Related: Check out my article, 10 Natural Preservatives for Handmade Skin Care.
Depending on the color of your roses, 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 beautiful ruby or dark pink-red tones, 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 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 has a stunning color and beneficial effects.
How to Use
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.
- May be helpful 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.