I love creating simple salves for my dry skin using things that I find in my garden. Right now, I have a few rose bushes that are still blooming so I decided to make a super simple rose petal salve this past weekend. This is not a specific recipe as much as an adventure in learning new things. I’m giving you the tools to help create simple salves using basic ingredients and roses from your backyard.
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Super Simple Rose Petal Salve
- Rose Petals
- Olive Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Essential Oils (optional)
- Small Containers
- Dehydrator (optional)
Pick your roses and enjoy them till the petals fall off and start to turn brown.
Dry your petals in a dehydrator on a very low temperature until they are fully dried out. You could also leave them out on a table or counter for a while and let them dry out.
- Fill a mason jar with the dried petals and then pour in enough olive oil to fully cover the petals.
- Simmer very slowly in a double boiler for several hours. **If you don’t have a double boiler, just fill a large pot with several inches of water and balance a smaller pot on top. You want the water to be hot enough to steep the oil without boiling your olive oil or cooking the rose petals.
- After several hours, strain off the petals and keep your infused rose petal oil.
- In a seperate pan, melt beeswax and coconut oil then pour in your rose petal oil. Don’t let this come to a boil. You just want it hot enough to melt the beeswax and coconut oil and mix in with your rose petal oil.
- Add several drops of essential oil (optional). I added peppermint and lavender drops since I love using this salve at night on my feet.
- Pour the hot liquid into small containers and let harden over the course of several hours. You can use any jars or containers you have. I have used small canning jars, tins or even votive candle holders.
- Let the jars set for several hours until they harden.
Things to Know:
- Why is the salve yellow instead of pink? Don’t be surprised when the liquid hardens and turns a beautiful yellow even though you used pink or red rose petals. Some people do choose to use a food coloring to tint the salve as it hardens but I like leaving it more natural.
- How much beeswax should you use? I use about 1-2 ounces for ever 4 ounces of rose petal oil. The more beeswax – the harder the salve will be.
- How much coconut oil should you use? I add about 1-2 tablespoons for every 4 ounces of infused oil. It is definitely not a precise science. Experiment till you get the right consistency. My jewelweed salve was a harder salve because I used pure beeswax but I wanted this rose petal salve to have a creamier consistency.
Have you ever made a rose petal salve? Got any tips to make it even better? I’d love to hear and see how you make this for your family!
How to make Jewelweed Salve
Looking for a more natural solution to treat poison ivy or mosquito bites? Have you ever tried making jewelweed salve? This is a very similar process using the jewelweed you can find down by your local backyard creek.