Why celebrate Valentine’s Day only once a year? Why not celebrate your beloved, rejuvenate and pamper him mind and body, and make your time together a bit more romantic all year long?
I cannot produce a photograph of a fragrance or scent here on the blog, but we ladies can create an invigorating, revitalizing or a calming, relaxing spa-like atmosphere by introducing romantic fragrances into the bedroom and bath. My husband has always loved certain fragrances…he remembers them, so this would be one way to create a memory and let him know he is special to you. Lavender and roses are two of those important scents that spell romance.
What a beautiful way to combine the principles of aromatherapy with the healing of organic floral herbs. These aren’t artificial, mass-produced fragrances like you buy in the store that absorb through your skin and can slowly make you sick, but the real article… flowers grown without sprays, properly harvested, and full of the essential properties that make them uniquely useful as healing tools.
Several easy things that you can prepare from Rose petals or Lavender flowers:
1.) Sun-infused oil:
Rose infused oil has properties of being a astringent, firming the skin, moisture-retaining, stimulating, anti-bacterial, healing, and relaxing. Rose infused oil can be used for therapeutic massage and is often used in very expensive skin products such as lotion, balms, salves, scrubs, bath oils. It is better to use dried rose petals than fresh for making sun-infused rose oil due to the concentrated nature of dried petals.
How to make rose (or lavender) infused oil:
- 1 Part dried roses
- 2 Parts oil (olive oil/sweet almond oil/jojoba oil)
Please note that a “Part” is based on ratio. For example: if you are wanting to make a smaller amount, you can measure each part as a tablespoon. Or if you are wanting to make a larger amount you can measure each part as a cup.
Start with a clean glass jar and lid just out of the dishwasher. To make small batch, put your 1 part of dries rose petals in the jar and pour 2 parts oil on top of it to cover the petals well. Seal the jar with clean, dry, and tight lid. Place the jar on a windowsill with lots of sun for 2- 3 weeks. Give the jar a quick shake once daily.
(For a very potent herbal oil, you may repeat the above step for two more weeks.)
The object is to keep the oil warm (never hot) as the herbs steep, so if you live in a cold climate, take that into consideration. I have kept mine in the past on the warm stove, but NEVER on a burner.
At the end of the time, filter the oil through muslin/cheese cloth and make sure you squeeze the last drop from the depleted petals as the essence of the flower is concentrated in the petals.
This is where my imagination really starts to kick in. Can’t you just see this aromatic oil in a luscious old perfume bottle? Or in an old-timey glass salad dressing jar?
2.) Rose water:
My favorite uses of rose water is to use it as a face spritz and to freshen our bed linens. All you need is a spray bottle. Fill your spray bottle with rose water. Add a drop of Lavender essential oil and use it whenever you need to cool and tone your skin. Rose water acts as a good toner. You can use it as an aromatic mist for your room. Its light aroma eases depression and anxiety and induces a sense of ease and well being.
I found this simple old-fashioned homemade recipe as well as the health benefits of rose water here. I tried it years ago and LOVED it! Note: I used dried petals for more concentration of fragrance; you can also use dried lavender flowers for a relaxing spritz!
3.) Dried rose petals or lavender flowers can be added as a potpourri to your linen sachet to scent your home and cupboards naturally. Take a peek at my post on how to make a potpourri of rose petals and honeysuckle.
Fill little heart-shaped pillows with rose petals or lavender (source)
4.) Warm rose petals and lavender flowers in water on the stove or in the crock pot on LOW for a relaxing and therapeutic fragrance through out your whole home especially at bedtime. Lavender has been used for centuries to improve sleep quality and calm the nervous system.
5.) Create a restorative, spirit-lifting retreat for your spouse after a long, stressful day. Before bed, treat yourselves to a soak in a steaming tub filled with petals and flowers. You will both relax, and later, sleep like babies!
6.) A soothing foot bath. Consider adding Epsom Salts for painful, inflamed feet. A foot massage afterward is a lovely way to minister to your hard-working man.
“How delightful is your love, my sister, my bride!
How much more pleasing is your love than wine,
and the fragrance of your perfume than any spice!” ~Song of Songs 4: 10
“Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.” ~Proverbs 31: 11-12
Thanks for reading!