"Roses are a medicinal flower that have been used since ancient times for their nutritional and healing benefits. Rose petals are rich in vitamins C, A, D, E & B-complex and minerals such as zinc, iron, and selenium. Rose petals contain sedative, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, and mood enhancing properties.
They are known to soothe sore throats, nervous tension, anxiety, headaches, peptic ulcers, hypertension, fluid retention, bronchitis, urinary tract infections, and heart disease. Rose petals are also often used for painful menstruation (dysmenorrhea) and for digestion issues such as flatulence, constipation, and diarrhea. Fresh organic rose petals are a wonderful addition to fruit salads, green salads, deserts, and a variety of healthy meals.
Rose petal tea is also a soothing and relaxing way to enjoy its benefits. Simply use 1 teaspoon of dried rose petals to 1 cup of hot water and allow to steep for
at least 10 minutes, sweeten with raw honey if desired. Rose water can also be made by placing 2-4 cups of rose petals in a pot and pouring just enough water to cover them, Simmer for about 45
minutes and then allow to cool. Strain and store rose water in the fridge, it will be good for 7-10 days. Rose water works as an astringent and as an anti-aging & beautifying tonic for the
face and skin. Rose petals are also an excellent addition to your bath and can help provide relief for dry, itchy skin, bug bites, sunburn, acne, and eczema. Make sure to always seek out organic
or unsprayed roses since conventionally grown rose petals often contain harmful pesticides. Sun-dried organic rose petals can be found at your local health food store" Medical Medium on
Mix one tablespoon of raw honey or manuka honey with two to three drops of Lavender essential oil.face and let sit for 15-20 minutes. Use a warm washcloth to wipe off.
Lavender oil helps to soothe the skin and reduce redness.
Mix one tablespoon of raw or manuka honey with two to three drops of Lemon EO.
Apply to your face and allow to rest for fifteen to twenty minutes. Use a gentle, warm wash cloth to wipe off and rinse with cool water. The lemon lightens the skin but one should avoid the sun for at least 24 hours as it is a phototoxic EO.
Citrus Sparkle Automatic Dishwasher Powder
from Megan Hirt
Citric acid (sometimes labeled “sour salt”) is available in powdered form from many health food stores, stores that cater to homebrewers of beer and wine, soap-making supply outlets, and various online sources.
2 cups washing soda
2 cups borax
6 tbsp citric acid powder
25 drops grapefruit essential oil
Combine all ingredients in a plastic container or tub and mix completely. Use 2 tablespoons of the blend per load of dishes.