I am lucky living in Louisiana I have roses blooming and growing year round, But when I cut them back for the winter I save the petals to make a few crafts for others. These gifts are perfect for Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day. Lisa
Roses : The red rose symbolizes romance, love, beauty, and courage. A red rosebud signifies beauty and purity. A thornless red rose means love at first sight. Yellow roses symbolize friendship and joy, and new beginnings.
Using Rose Petals to Make Potpourri
After dead heading your roses, you can use them to make potpourri:
- Pull the petals off the roses.
- Spread the petals out on a screen and let them dry in a warm and dry place (approximately 2 – 3 days).
- Separately, dry some whole rose buds, some lavender, some rosemary, and some orange peel.
- In a bowl, combine one cup of dried rose petals, one half cup of dried lavender, and one quarter cup of dried rosemary. Add one eighth teaspoon of ground cloves and cinnamon, plus dried rosebuds and orange peels. Add a few drops of rose or lavender oil. Add one quarter teaspoon of fixative like crushed orris root. Orris root can be found in many health food and herbal stores. Mix well.
- Pour the mixture into a Mason jar. Cover the mouth with Saran wrap. Store the jar in a cool dark place for 6 weeks.
- In 6 weeks the mixture will be blended. Transfer to a bowl or use the lid to be removed when you want to release the fragrance. You can also sew the mixture into small bags to put into drawers, closets, or storage boxes.
- 4-5 blossoms of fragrant organic roses
- ▢ice cubes
- Remove the rose blossoms from the steps and carefully rinse them to get rid of any dust or little critters.
- Put a bowl at the center of an empty saucepan, then add the rose petals around the bowl. *
- Add water (enough to cover the petals) and bring the heat up to make it simmer. Put the cover on, upside down.
- The cover will help catch the rose water vapour for this distilling method.
- Add ice to the top of the saucepan cover.
- As soon as the ice melts, add more ice cubes. This helps with the condensation of the evaporated rose water.
- Keep repeating this step. In about 30 minutes, the rose water will be ready. It should have condensed into the bowl in the middle of the saucepan.
- Carefully remove the bowl as it is hot.
- Pour the rose water in a clean glass container. Store in a cool dry place