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Rose Petal Salve Recipe

Rose Petal Salve Recipe

Going all-natural is healthier and better compared to using products made from synthetic chemicals. One of the products that I love to use is a homemade rose petal salve. There are many uses and benefits that one can take from rose petals. Aside from its beauty and the power of making our gardens look amazing, roses have properties that are considered medicinal and powerful when it comes to some conditions.

Benefits of Rose Petal Salve

A rose petal salve can help with different conditions such as:

  • Scars and stretch marks
  • Tension and anxiety
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis
  • Age spots and wrinkles
  • Rough and dry skin
  • Dry lips
  • Sun damage

With these amazing benefits, you can be sure that you’ll glow as much as rose petals do!

Rose Petal Salve Recipe - Slow Infusion

Make a Rose Petal Oil Infusion

Before you can proceed with the salve, you need to make a rose petal oil infusion first. This is an important ingredient for a salve. You get the nutrients and all beneficial properties from the rose through the oil infusion method.

While some already sell rose petal oil, I suggest that you make your own. In this way, you will be able to know the ingredients used as well as ensure that what you’re using is organic.

Making an oil infusion is very easy. Hence, you can do it on your own.

What you need:

  • Dried rose petals
  • Base oil (choose one: olive oil, jojoba oil, almond oil)
  • Mason jar with lid
  • Pot (for fast infusion)

Rose Petal Salve Recipe - Rose

Dry the rose. The first step is to dry rose petals. Gather a sufficient amount of rose petals from your garden and place it in a single layer over a dry screen. Place the screen outside under the sunlight and open air until it is dry enough.

Rose Petal Salve Recipe - Ingredients

One thing I do not like about this method though is the fact that you are exposing the petals to harsh elements such as dust and pollutants when drying. Hence, I prefer to use a dehydrator. If you do not have a dehydrator, then you can dry it for 10-30 minutes using a conventional oven at 180°.

Rose Petal Salve Recipe - Ingredients

Now if you do not have rose plants in your garden or if it is not enough, then you can always opt to buy ready-made dried rose petals. In doing so, however, make sure that the rose petals you are buying are certified organic.

Once you have your dried rose petals ready, you can start your oil infusion. There are two ways to infuse rose petals: the slow method and the fast method.

Rose Petal Salve Recipe - Slow InfusionSlow infusion. For the slow infusion, fill 2/3 of the mason jar with dried rose petals. Add enough oil to soak the petals. For my infusion, I personally love to use olive oil because it suits my skin better.

Once the petals are soaked with oil, close the lid and shake. If you are like me who is forgetful, labeling the jar with a date is helpful so that you won’t forget when you started the infusion.

Place the infusion in a dark place and leave for 4-8 weeks. Shake the infusion at least once a week to make sure that all petals are soaked all the time. Once you reach your desired time frame, strain the oil. That’s your rose petal oil infusion!

Fast Infusion. If you are in a rush, then you can opt to infuse the rose petals using the fast method. Put the jar in a pot filled with water. Boil for 1-2 hours. Strain and keep the oil.

How to Make Rose Petal Salve

What you need:

  • ½ cup rose petal oil
  • 2 tbsp beeswax
  • 20 drops organic rosehip seed oil
  • 5 drops Vitamin e oil or 1 vitamin e soft gel
  • 15-20 drops organic geranium or rose essential oil (optional for fragrance)
  • Double boiler
  • Small tin cans or glass jarsRose Petal Salve Recipe - Ingredients

Steps:

1)      In a double boiler, mix the infused oil and beeswax. If you do not have a double boiler at home, then you can create your makeshift double boiler. Some people would use a heat-resistant bowl or container placed on top of a pot. For me, I use a mason jar.

Rose Petal Salve Recipe - Slow Infusion

To create a mason jar double boiler, you can put the jar directly on a pot and fill half-way with water. However, I prefer not to put it directly on the pot so that the heat won’t be too concentrated. What I do is to cut 4 pieces of aluminum foil. Roll it in a way that it can fit the pot while forming a square.

Rose Petal Salve Recipe - Step 2

This will serve as the rack for the mason jar. Place the jar on top of your makeshift rack. Fill it with the infused oil and beeswax. You are now ready to add water.

2)   Wait for the beeswax to melt and stir from time to time. Add geranium/rose essential oil halfway through.

3)      Once the beeswax is melted, remove from heat. Let it cool.

4)      Add rosehip seed oil and vitamin e oil once the mixture has cooled down a little. These oils are sensitive to heat. Thus, adding them last is important.

5)      Mix thoroughly and transfer to small tin cans or glass jars. This recipe makes approximately 80ml.

Rose Petal Salve Recipe - Step 5

You now have your own homemade rose petal salve! Keep it stored in a dark place.

If stored correctly, your rose petal salve can last for a year. In using the salve, you can use it twice to thrice a day depending on your convenience. Simply clean the affected area before applying. Apply a generous amount and let it stay.

I hope that this rose petal salve recipe will do wonders for you! Natural and homemade salves are cost-effective substitutes for commercially sold ointments and creams. Moreover, these are all organic. Hence, you can be assured that it does not contain any harmful chemicals that might do more harm to your precious skin than heal.

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21 Comments

  • val Posted October 8, 2020 12:55 pm

    Nice article. I use the ring part off the 2 part canning jar lid where you are using the aluminum strips. Warm water bath extraction is a much better way to do infusions in my opinion for just about every herb. The job is done fast, the oil filtered and strained, and ready to be used. I’m a huge fan of rose infused oil.

    • The Lost Herbs Posted October 9, 2020 3:07 pm

      Hi Val,

      Thank you so much for your comment and for sharing with us the Warm water bath extraction technique.

      God bless!

  • Barbara A Taylor Posted October 8, 2020 2:13 pm

    How do you make the rosehips oil? Or geranium oil?

    • The Lost Herbs Posted October 9, 2020 3:30 pm

      Hi Barbara,

      If you want to make your own Rosehip seed oil you can use:
      1 cup (127 g) fresh or dried rose hips
      2 cups (475 ml) almond, olive, or jojoba oil

      Place the rose hips in a small slow cooker between 1 to 2 quarts (0.9 to 1.9 liters) in size. Pour 2 cups (475 ml) of your favorite oil over the rose hips.

      Heat the oil on low for eight hours. Cover the slow cooker with its lid and set it to low. Let the rose hips infuse with the oil for eight hours. The oil should never get hotter than 100 °F (38 °C).
      Strain the oil and discard the solids. Turn off the slow cooker and set a strainer over a bowl. Line the strainer with cheesecloth and carefully pour the oil through it. This separates the oil from the rosehip solids which can now be thrown away.

      The oil will store for six to eight months.

      God bless!

      • Barbara A Taylor Posted October 9, 2020 3:50 pm

        Thank you so much.

  • Trish Bright Posted October 8, 2020 3:18 pm

    One of my rose bushes has the biggest most beautiful rose hips I think I’ve ever seen. I think I’ll try infusing those too in avocado or coconut oil.

    • The Lost Herbs Posted October 9, 2020 3:31 pm

      Hi Trish,

      Thank you for your comment.
      Please let us know how your rose infusion oil turned out.

      God bless!

      • Trish Bright Posted October 9, 2020 4:09 pm

        I wasn’t sure about the olive oil. I’m happy to have read your reply to Barbara.🙂 Olive oil is my favorite for skin care.

  • Debbie Posted October 8, 2020 3:19 pm

    What size mason jar are you using so i can determine 2/3’s full of rose petals?

    • The Lost Herbs Posted October 22, 2020 11:26 am

      Hi Debbie,

      For the Rose Petal Oil Infusion, a 16 oz (500 ml) was used.

      God bless!

      Gd

  • Ezekiel Posted October 8, 2020 4:15 pm

    I put my jar of oil and herbs next to the dehydrator when I want to do a quick extraction. Works great when you have multiple projects going on at the same time.

    • Trish Bright Posted October 9, 2020 4:13 pm

      I love this idea! As it happens, I will have the dehydrater running. Thank you, Ezekiel!🙂

  • Aleisha Mcnutt Posted October 8, 2020 6:21 pm

    Do you have a recipe on how we make the rosehip seed oil?

    • Trish Bright Posted October 9, 2020 11:18 am

      I’m new to your site so no I don’t. I’ve seen others but I’d love to see how you do it.🙂 TIA!

    • The Lost Herbs Posted October 9, 2020 3:32 pm

      Hi Aleisha,

      If you want to make your own Rosehip seed oil you can use:
      1 cup (127 g) fresh or dried rose hips
      2 cups (475 ml) almond, olive, or jojoba oil

      Place the rose hips in a small slow cooker between 1 to 2 quarts (0.9 to 1.9 liters) in size. Pour 2 cups (475 ml) of your favorite oil over the rose hips.

      Heat the oil on low for eight hours. Cover the slow cooker with its lid and set it to low. Let the rose hips infuse with the oil for eight hours. The oil should never get hotter than 100 °F (38 °C).
      Strain the oil and discard the solids. Turn off the slow cooker and set a strainer over a bowl. Line the strainer with cheesecloth and carefully pour the oil through it. This separates the oil from the rosehip solids which can now be thrown away.

      The oil will store for six to eight months.

      God bless!

      • Aleisha Mcnutt Posted October 9, 2020 6:51 pm

        Thank you so much. My roses have a few hips that are ready but not enough. If i purchase the dried rosehips, would the infused oil last longer than th 6-8months since it’s not fresh plant matter and has no water in it to make the oil go rancid?

  • hank Posted October 8, 2020 7:41 pm

    one thing that should be made clear – – mason jar lids have bpa, bsa, or other poisons on the underside of the lid…thus, you should not heat the jar with the lid on. toxic.

    • The Lost Herbs Posted October 13, 2020 9:30 am

      Hi Hank,

      Thank you so much for your feedback.
      We really appreciate it.
      And it will be definitely taken into consideration for our next recipes.

      God bless!

  • Lori Fox Reid Posted October 13, 2020 2:28 pm

    I’m looking to purchase some wholesome Rose Petal salve because right now I’m not set up for making any. Do you sell the salve or do you have a company you would recommend?

  • Trish Bright Posted October 13, 2020 2:57 pm

    Hi Nicole! The rose hips extraction worked beautifully! Thank you again!
    I’ll smile with the gifted knowledge when I make my salve and lotion.💜

    • The Lost Herbs Posted October 22, 2020 11:32 am

      Hi Trish,

      Thank you for your comment.
      We are glad to hear that rose hips extraction worked for you.

      God bless!

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