Making our own soothing self-care products, such as this homemade rose scrub, has so many benefits, from the ritual of combining thoughtful ingredients, to actually using or applying an organic and luxurious elixir to our bodies.
the benefits of a rose petal scrub
Wild roses are one of the most fragrant rose varieties available, and they’re wonderfully calming for our skin. Antioxidant-rich and deeply moisturizing, these gentle blooms are a great choice for those of us with sensitive skin. Thankfully, they grow wild through much of North America and are relatively easy to harvest.
Sloughing away dead skin helps to keep our skin soft and healthy, and the coconut oil in this recipe infuses the skin with moisture right in the shower. You can instantly feel how luxurious your skin is the moment you rinse.
This recipe can easily be adapted with other organic roses you can acquire through your favorite flower shop, but truthfully, I find harvesting the flowers to be quite therapeutic. But as always, do what’s right for you and your situation.
how to harvest your rose petals
When harvesting any plant, always be mindful of the plant’s state to ensure you aren’t over harvesting it. If it looks sparse, traipse on to another area where the foliage looks plentiful, and be mindful of any insect infestations or possible contaminants like exhaust fumes from vehicles and machinery.
In the early morning when the dew is still on the rose’s petals, pluck a few petals from each flower, thanking the plant for its offering. Harvesting in the morning helps the plant to last longer. I like to offer something back to the wild when I harvest from it, such as coffee grinds or a healing crystal, as a way to thank the plant for its offering to me.
Do not remove all of the petals in their entirety from one bloom. Wild roses typically bloom with five petals, and taking two or three per flower is a great way to allow the flower to continue to propagate. Never remove all the flowers from one plant as this could hurt its chances of blooming thoroughly again.
My mindfulness reminder is to never take more than I need.
ORGANIC WILD ROSE + COCONUT SUGAR SCRUB
1 cup fresh rose petals, rinsed
1 ¼ – 1 ½ cup sugar
½ cup coconut oil, liquid or melted
½ cup pink Himalayan rock salt
jar or container
1. After harvesting your rose petals, toss them in a colander and rinse them with water to remove any insects or dirt. Gently pat the petals dry to ensure they will not turn brown, and lay them out on a flat surface to dry thoroughly, mindful not to let the petals touch or muddle together.
2. Add the rose petals to your blender, saving a few petals. Pour the coconut oil, 1 cup of sugar and pink Himalayan rock salt, and blend until smooth. If the mixture does not blend easily, add a small amount of water.
3. Pour the blended mixture into your jar or container, and stir in the remaining ¼ to ½ cup of sugar to thicken the mixture. Thicken to your desired consistency. Add a few of the rose petals you left out and stir them into your scrub.
4. Use your sugar scrub in the shower for up to two weeks. Since this self-care item is organic, scooping it from the jar with a spoon instead of your fingers will help it to keep longer.
* This scrub is gentle enough to use on your face, just be careful around the delicate skin around your eyes.
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VANESSA KUNDERMAN is a fiction author, poet, and avid crystal collector. She has published stories alongside Stephen King, Alice Munro, and Anais Nin, in “Woman, an anthology” a collection of works celebrating strong female dynamics. As a student of core shamanism, Vanessa advocates adapting traditions to create new modern sacred studies. She has a background in motivational speaking and teaches workshops grounded in her self-care and spiritual wellness website, Rogue Wood Supply. She is a mother, cancer survivor, and a lover of the True North, and believes smudging can fix almost every sour mood. She hails from the prairie woodlands of Canada.