Flower Power – the healing power of Jasmine & Rose (includes recipes)
o you have beautiful flowers growing in your garden? in this blog, we focus on what's currently in season in Victoria, Australia, specifically Rose and Jasmine and what you can prepare with these aromatic flowers for your skincare and general health
Images of flowers are embedded deep in our subconscious and are part of our everyday life through art, design, religion, stories and fairy tales.
Flowers may look delicate and fragile but their chemistry is as complex as other parts of the plant.
Scented flowers like Rose and Jasmine which we use at Be Better Balms to make our limited-edition Perfume Balm are very rich in volatile oils that can help improve our health. Flowers are also used in Aromatherapy, floral waters, potpourri and in the kitchen as many flowers are edible and can be added to salads, candied or infused into a healing herbal tea.
So let’s have a look at the queens of flowers - Jasmine and Rose, their amazing benefits and how you can use them at home –
Jasmine (Jasminum officinale):
The smell of Jasmine is deeply relaxing. It is a floral aphrodisiac with a special affinity for female energy.
Jasmine’s nickname is ‘Queen of the night’ as the plant’s flowers are most potent and fragrant during the evening, so they are best harvested just after the sun has gone down.
It takes 8 million flowers to produce 1kg of Jasmine essential oil!
For infused oils, you would need a very high amount of Jasmine flowers to be immersed in the oil in order to extract the beautiful aromatics so we have been very busy here harvesting jasmine flowers for our perfume balm. But I had to keep some jasmine flowers aside to prepare other recipes for myself and my family….I’ve included them below.
Image above - weighing Jasmine flowers. A 1000ml Pyrex bowl full of jasmine flowers only equates to 60g - that's about 4 Tablespoons!
The benefits of Jasmine –
Jasmine is a very balancing oil and it helps promote calmness and hormonal stability so a great flower to use for those with PMT, mood swings and general stress.
Jasmine is also packed with antioxidants so internally it helps the immune system while externally it helps achieve that uniform, glowing skin look. It also helps protect the skin from pollutants in the air.
Jasmine facial toner:
1 cup fresh jasmine flowers
2 cups distilled/Demineralised water (helps prolong the life of the product – you can purchase at the supermarket)
2 Tbs Aloe Vera Juice
- Place the flowers in a pyrex bowl
- Boil the water
- Pour the water over the flowers and mix
- Cover the flowers and water with a plate and leave for 1-2 hours
5. Strain the flowers. Make sure to squeeze the flowers with a spoon get all the goodness out
6. Add the Aloe Vera juice
7. Store in a labelled bottle with an atomiser and use as a facial toner or a great way to refresh during the day.
The toner will keep in the fridge for up to 2 months.
Jasmine facial mark for glowing skin:
A handful of Jasmine flowers
½ cup yoghurt
1 tsp Honey
(Vegan alternatives – coconut yoghurt and Agave)
- Use a mortar and pestle to pound the jasmine flowers into a mesh
- Add the yoghurt and honey and mix
- Apply on your face with a wooden stick or clean fingertips (avoid the area under the eyes)
- Leave the mask for 15-20 minutes
- Wash your face and pat dry
Will keep in a glass jar in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Jasmine and lemon balm tea –
Great tea to reduce tension, calm the mind and detox the body. I would highly recommend to have this tea before bedtime or if you have a cold.
Make an infusion, or in simple terms – tea.
1. Place a handful of jasmine flowers and lemon balm leaves in a tea infuser
2. Boil some water and pour over the herbs
3. Leave it to infuse for about 20 minutes and enjoy!
Rose (Rosa Damascena) –
There are records showing that roses have been around for about 35 million years!! In an amazing array of colours and shapes.
Some rose bushes can live for many years…the oldest living rose is about 1000 years old!
Image above - the thousand years old rose in Germany
The rose was first described as ‘queen of flowers’ about 2500 years ago, but long before that roses were cultivated in ancient Persia and Egypt. A bunch of roses was even found in the tomb of Tutankhamun, possibly placed there by his young wife as a symbol of love…
The Persian chemist Ibn Sina who lived about a 1000 years ago introduced the process of extracting aroma from rose flowers by distillation, the procedure most commonly used today to produce essential oils and floral waters.
The benefits of rose:
Rose can help improve memory and concentration. It is a great flower for relieving tension headaches. It is also a wonderful flower to include in your skincare routine – it is highly hydrating for the skin and is suitable for most skin types, especially dry and mature skin.
Rose petals eye soother –
This is a great recipe to soothe tired, puffy eyes.
Make sure you use Rose petals that have not been sprayed with herbicides. Your eye area is very sensitive.
- Pound the rose petals in a pestle and mortar. Add one drop of water at a time and continue to pound until you have a mask like consistency – not too runny.
- Lie down and apply a small handful of the pounded roses onto closed eyes. Pat it into place. Relax for 10-15 minutes.
- Take the roses off and wash the area with a bit of water if needed.
Gypsy rosewater – my grandmother’s recipe
Fill in a jar with rose petals
Add distilled water
Mix it all and leave in the fridge for a week, keep mixing every day
Apply as a toner or use for cooking
Flowers are indeed amazing creations of nature and don’t let their delicate look deceive you – they are super potent plant material, which is why I love including flowers in our range of Be Better Balms.
So if you have some Jasmine and rose growing in your garden, enjoy their beauty and make sure to pick some and enjoy their many therapeutic benefits.
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