Rose Petal Salve is great for so many things and it's really easy to make.
I like to enrich mine with Rosehip Seed Oil which is well known for its anti-aging and skin healing benefits for conditions such as:
- Stretch Marks
- Eczema & Psoriasis
- Age Spots
- Sun Damage
Dab this around my eyes & use on my face. I have dry skin & am old enough to start worrying about preventing wrinkles, so this works perfectly for me. If you have oily skin or acne, then you’ll want to skip using this on those areas. It’s still great for dry patches on your feet, elbows & knees though!
You can buy high quality rosehip seed oil from Mountain Rose Herbs. If you don’t want to use roseship seed oil or don’t have any on hand, you can just substitute more of your homemade rose infused oil instead and it will still make a nice salve.
Step 1: Dry the Rose Petals
To make this, first you’ll need to gather up some unsprayed rose petals. If you don’t have any fresh roses, you can buy dried, organic petals from somewhere like Mountain Rose Herbs. Don’t use roses from the florist as they’ve usually been treated with heavy duty pesticides that haven’t been tested for use on human skin.
Once you have a collection of rose petals, spread them out in a single layer over some white paper towels, or cut open brown paper lunch bags. Let them wilt for a few days, until completely dry.
Step 2: Make an Infused Oil
Once the petals are completely dried, you can turn them into an infused oil.
To do this, place your petals into a jar. The size of the jar will depend on how many flowers you have. Don’t get hung up on precise numbers and amounts. You’re basically filling some type of container about 1/2 to 3/4 full with dried rose petals then covering them with oil.
Which type of oil is up to you. I like to use Olive Oil or Sunflower Oil. Some other good options for this salve are Avocado Oil, or Sweet Almond Oil.
There are two ways to infuse our oil. The slow way or the fast way.
For the slow way, cover the top of your jar of oil with a couple layers of cheesecloth and secure it with a rubber band. Place in a cabinet and let it sit for 3 to 4 weeks.
For the fast way, set the jar gently into a pan with a few inches of warm water and heat slowly over medium lowish heat. Keep the burner on and let the oil stay in the heated water for one to two hours then remove.
At this point, you can go ahead and strain the oil and use in your salve or you can let it infuse several days longer in a dark cabinet. Another option is to strain the oil then do the whole process again with a new batch of rose petals but the same batch of oil you just finished infusing. This is called a double infusion.
The shelf life of your strained oil is about a year. Store in a cool, dark place for best results.
Once our oil is ready, we can make our salve.
Step 3: How to Make Rose Petal Salve
- 3 ounces (100 g) of rose petal infused oil
- 0.5 ounce (14 g) rosehip seed oil
- 0.5 ounce (14 g) of beeswax pastilles
- optional: several drops of rose essential oil (or you can use geranium (rose) for a less expensive, but still rosy smelling option)
Ingredients are measured by weight. Add the oil and beeswax pastilles into a heat proof container. Set it down into a pan containing several inches of water (just like we used when we infused our rose petal oil.) Gently bring the temperature up to medium-lowish heat and let the container stay in the makeshift double boiler until the wax is melted.
Remove from heat and carefully pour into tins or jars then let sit until firm. This size batch yields about four ounces of salve. I buy tins and small jars but you could even recycle an old jelly jar for this.
If you’d like to make this salve vegan, you can use half as much candelilla wax instead of the beeswax.