All about Roses

Why roses are considered an ideal gift to express love? There is an interesting reason for this. Roses soothe heart and emotions. They also balance the mind. The reasons for the diuretic effects of the roses are they contain Vitamin C, pectin, malic and citric acids. It clears toxins and heat from the body. As a result it has a cooling effect on the body. It can relieve from sore throat, runny nose and blocked bronchial tubes. It is useful to people those prone to chest problems by fighting against infections. Rose tea helps to fight the infection in the digestive tract and re-establish the normal bacterial population of the intestines. It relieves fluid retention and hastens the elimination of wastes through kidneys. It is a wonderful remedy for dysentery, diarrhea and gastro enteritis. It is a laxative. It works as a remedy for all liver problems including sluggishness and constipation. It cleanses the liver and gall bladder and promotes bile flow. Rose petal tea can be used to relieve uterine congestion causing pain and heavy periods. It is an excellent remedy for irregular periods and infertility. It has an uplifting effect on the nervous system and can relieve insomnia, depression and fatigue.

How to make Rose Love Beads
1 part fresh Rose Geranium leaves
2 parts fresh Rose petals- the more fragrant the better
Rose Water
Remove the white stem ends from the rose petals. Cover the petals and leaves with rose water in a nonmetallic pan. Simmer, covered, for 30 minutes. Ensure that the mixtures doesn't actually boil. Turn off the heat and let soak until the next day. Repeat the simmering again for a half hour. Repeat this for three days in all, adding rose water when necessary. On the last day squeeze out all the water unit you have a fragrant mess. The mixture should be dry enough to hold its shape. Form into small, round beads with your hands, each about 1/4 inch long. Push a large needle through each bead while it's still wet to form holes for stringing. Let dry for week or so, moving them around to ensure even drying. String on pink thread, yarn or ribbon. The beads are ugly and black, but when worn on the body they release a delicious rose scent. Wears these for love, or add to sachets even place in your purse.

How to make Rose water
Homemade rosewater is all-natural and has a subtle, lovely aroma. Rosewater can be used for a variety of skin care purposes. While it's often used as a skin toner, it also can be combined with glycerin to create a moisturizer or soaked into cotton balls or pads and frozen and used to reduce under eye puffiness. This summer, try keeping rosewater in a spray bottle and using it as a refreshing facial spritzer.
Things You'll Need
12 roses
Large pot
Large bowl
Spray bottle
1. Gather or buy approximately 12 roses that are in full bloom.
2. Trim the roses to remove the stems and leaves. If you bought the roses from a florist, rinse the petals thoroughly with cool water to remove any pesticides and chemicals.
3. Place the trimmed rose flowers in a large pot. Add enough water to cover the flowers then turn on the stove burner.
4. Heat the water and allow it to simmer gently for between 15 and 20 minutes. Test the rosewater as it's simmering; it's ready when the water smells strongly of roses.
5. Strain the rosewater into a large bowl and discard the flowers. Allow the rosewater to cool before using a funnel to transfer it into a clean, empty spray bottle.6. Store the rosewater in the refrigerator when you're not using it, to keep it chilled.

Make Rose Perfume
Things You'll Need
Distilled water
Measuring cup with pour spout
Rose essential oil
Vanilla essential oil
Dark glass bottle with tight fitting lid

1. Combine 2 cups of distilled water and 3 tbsp. of vodka in a measuring cup with a pour spout.
2. Add 15 drops of rose essential oil and 10 drops of vanilla essential oil to the measuring cup.
3. Place four drops of glycerin in your rose
perfume. The glycerin will act as a fixative that will help your perfume to retain its beautiful aroma.
4. Stir the ingredients and test your perfume. Adjust the scent by adding more vanilla or rose essential oil, one drop at a time, until you find your perfect combination.
5. Pour the perfume into a dark glass bottle with a tight fitting lid and shake. Place the bottle in a cool dark location and allow your rose perfume to settle for a minimum of 12 hours before using.
Rose Water Shower GelMix 1 cup of rose water with 2 cups of liquid Castile soap in a bowl until combined. Add 30 drops of lavender essential oil and 30 drops of geranium essential oil to the bowl and stir. Pour one third of the mixture into a small bottle and store the rest of it in the refrigerator.

How to Make Rose Foaming Bath Bombs
Bath bombs are salt based mixtures than foam and fizz when placed in water. The foaming of the bath bomb comes from the interaction of harmless chemicals such as baking soda and citric acid. The foaming lasts for just a few minutes and the bath bomb dissolves completely leaving salts and scents in bath water. Widely available in health and beauty stores, foaming bath bombs can be made from very basic ingredients in your kitchen.
Things You'll Need
Citric acid
Baking soda
Food coloring
Essential oil
Spritz bottle
Witch hazel
1. Add 1 cup of citric acid to every 2 cups of baking soda (bicarbonate soda) in a kitchen mixing bowl. Mix the two very thoroughly. This is the fizzing part of your bath bomb.
2. Add 1 cup of sea salt or 1 cup of Epsom salts to the citric acid and baking soda mix. Use only fine grain salts to make forming the bath bomb easier. Mix thoroughly.
3. Put dried rose petals or other dried flower petals into the mix to give the bomb a little color. Alternately, add two drops of food coloring to add an even color. Mix completely ensure even distribution.
4. Place six drops of your choice of essential oils into the dry mix and immediately stir together with a wooden spoon. The type and smell of the essential oil is up to you but lavender, rose and mint are popular.
5. Spray witch hazel from a spritz bottle onto the mixture with your left hand. Stir the mixture up with a spoon in your right hand. The witch hazel is the glue that holds the bath bomb together. Experiment to get just the right amount. It should be enough to stick but not enough to make the mixture fizz.
6. Scoop the bath bomb mixture into molds.
7. Allow the bath bombs to air dry for five minutes before taking them out of the mold. Package in decorative containers and bags.
How to Create a Rose Bath
Want a little bit of luxury in your beauty regimen, but you would rather save your money? Consider creating your own homemade sumptuous rose bath. A rose bath is nice cheap alternative to a day at the spa. However, you will be able to receive the luxurious benefits without the expense. Roses are not only beautiful to look at, they have been long known for their beautifying abilities. A rose bath is an astringent on the skin, leaving it soft and youthful.
Things You'll Need
1/2 cup rose water or 1 cup rose petals
1/2 cup coconut milk
1. Draw a bath. Make sure the water is at your personal preferred warm temperature.
2. Measure the preferred rose ingredient. Be sure to measure 1/2 cup if you choose rose water or 1 cup of rose petals if you choose rose petals.
3. Add the rose water or rose petals to the bath. If you have chosen rose petals, make sure to evenly distribute the rose petals across the bath.
4. Measure 1/2 cup of coconut milk.
5. Pour the coconut milk into your bath water. Relax and enjoy your homemade rose bath.

Rose Petal Tea
2 cups fresh fragrant rose petals (about 15 large roses)
3 cups distilled water
Honey or granulated sugar to taste
All roses that you intend to consume must be free of pesticides. Do not eat flowers from florists, nurseries, or garden centers. In many cases these flowers have been treated with pesticides not labeled for food crops. The tastiest roses are usually the most fragrant.
Clip and discard bitter white bases from the rose petals; rinse petals thoroughly and pat dry. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, place the prepared rose petals. Cover with water and bring just to a simmer; let simmer for approximately 5 minutes, or until the petals become discolored (darkened). Remove from heat and strain the hot rose petal liquid into teacups. Add honey or sugar to taste.
Makes 4 servings.

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