A Scrub for Wilted Valentine’s Day Roses

| by Larissa Tater, under Recipes

Another Valentine’s Day has come and gone, and by now, the flowers cultivated for the big day are likely losing their flair. But it can be hard to just throw them out with the ordinary trash; they were so beautiful for so long. And they still smell oh-so-good! There must be something to do with those beautiful roses.

Traditional Chinese medicine principles used roses to improve digestion and nourish the skin; and fresh rose hips, the round portion of the flower just below the petals, boast a high dose of Vitamin C.

But if you’re not comfortable eating your rose petals just yet (it is not recommended to eat your rose petals unless they are organic and free of pesticides), try this simple rose petal scrub, instead.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • Petals of three roses, roughly chopped
  • Essential oil (optional)

Melt the coconut oil over low heat. Stir in sugar to create a paste (you may use less sugar, if desired). Add the rose petals. Add 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil, if desired. Transfer to a clean mason jar with a lid. After showering, gently scrub the mixture into your skin until the sugar dissolves. Rinse. You will be left with soft skin and a beautiful scent!

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