This rose petal salve recipe is made with real rose petals along with rosehip seed oil, which has amazing benefits when applied to mature, sun-damaged, dry, or irritated skin.
Today’s project is Rose Petal Salve!
I like to enrich this salve with Rosehip Seed Oil which is well known for its anti-aging and skin healing benefits for conditions such as:
- Stretch Marks
- Eczema & Psoriasis
- Age Spots
- Sun Damage
I dab rose petal salve around my eyes & use on my face. I have dry skin & am old enough to start worrying about wrinkles, so this works perfectly for me.
If you have oily or acne-prone skin, then salves like this one aren’t usually the best for your face. It’s still great for dry patches on your feet, elbows & knees though!
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My favorite rosehip seed oil comes from Mountain Rose Herbs. If you don’t have any on hand, you can just substitute more of your homemade rose infused oil instead and it will still make a nice, but less effective salve.
Step 1: Dry the Rose Petals
To make this, first you’ll need to gather up some unsprayed rose petals. If you don’t have any fresh roses, you can buy dried, organic petals from places online such as Mountain Rose Herbs.
Don’t use roses from the florist as they’ve usually been treated with pesticides that haven’t been tested for use on human skin.
Once you have a collection of rose petals, spread them out in a single layer over some paper towels or dish towels. Let them wilt for a few days, until completely dry.
Here’s a picture of my kitchen table with flowers drying on it. It’s very low tech with nothing fancy needed, but it works!
Step 2: Make an Infused Oil
Once the petals are completely dried, you can turn them into an infused oil.
To make an infused oil: Place the dried rose petals into a jar. The size of the jar will depend on how many flowers you have. For a small amount, use a small jar; if have a good supply, use a bigger jar.
Don’t get hung up on precise numbers and amounts. You’re basically filling some type of container about 1/2 to 3/4 full with dried rose petals then covering them with oil.
Which type of oil is up to you. I like to use Sunflower Oil since it’s good for damaged or dry skin.
Apricot kernel and jojoba oil will absorb into your skin a bit quicker, while sweet almond and sunflower oils are a little slower to absorb.
There are two ways to infuse your oil. The slow way or the fast way.
For the slow way: cover the top of your jar of oil with a lid (or you could also use a couple layers of cheesecloth secured with a rubber band). Place in a cabinet and let it sit for 3 to 4 weeks.
For the fast way: gently set the jar into a pan with a few inches of warm water and heat slowly over medium lowish heat. Keep the burner on and let the oil stay in the heated water for one to two hours then remove.
At this point, you can go ahead and strain the oil and use in your salve or you can let it infuse several days longer in a dark cabinet. Another option is to strain the oil then do the whole process again with a new batch of rose petals but the same batch of oil you just finished infusing. This is called a double infusion.
The shelf life of your strained oil is about a year. Store in a cool, dark place for best results.
Once the oil is ready, it’s time to make the salve!
Step 3: How to Make Rose Petal Salve
- 3 ounces (100 g) of rose petal infused oil
- 0.5 ounce (14 g) rosehip seed oil
- 0.5 ounce (14 g) of beeswax pastilles
- optional: several drops of rose essential oil (or you can use rose geranium for a less expensive, but still rosy smelling option)
Ingredients are measured by weight.
Add the rose petal infused oil and beeswax pastilles into a heat proof container. (Rosehip seed oil is heat sensitive, so that will be added later.)
Set it down into a pan containing several inches of water (just like when infusing rose petal oil.)
Gently bring the temperature up to medium-lowish heat and let the container stay in the makeshift double boiler until the wax is melted.
Remove from heat and stir in the rosehip seed oil.
Carefully pour into tins or jars then let sit until firm. This size batch yields about four ounces of salve. I buy tins and small jars from Specialty Bottle or Mountain Rose Herbs, but you could even recycle an old jelly jar for this.
*For a vegan salve: Try using half as much candelilla wax instead of the beeswax.
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