Flowers are beautiful in the garden or in a vase, but they can do so much more than just look pretty. Like other plants, flowers have essential oils in their leaves and petals that can make your beauty routine far from routine. Step out of your daily beauty routine and try a few of these ways to use flowers for beauty – just in time for spring!
Soothing Bath Salts
Making your own bath salts is so much easier than people think, and you can do it with ingredients you already have in the house. Add 1 cup of Epsom salts to a mixing bowl and add 1/2 cup of baking soda. If you have any essential oils, add a few drops and mix them into the Epsom salt and baking soda mixture. Add a couple of handfuls of dried or fresh flower blossoms. Lavender buds work really well in bath salts. Mix everything together and put it into a sealed container to store. To use the bath salts, add a few tablespoons to the tub before soaking. The salts and the flowers give you a soothing bath experience.
Floral waters are excellent for your skin and they smell fantastic. They’re also really easy to make on your own. Orange blossom water and rose water are two of the most common varieties, and they’re less expensive when you make them yourself. Collect the petals from any flowers you want to use and rinse them well. Crush them in a mortar and pestle and leave them in a jar filled with filtered water. Shake the jar now and again, but leave it unopened for at least two weeks. After two weeks, check the scent and if you want it stronger, leave it for a few more days. Strain and use as a toner or even an evening moisturizer.
No one likes feeling all scaly, particularly in dry winter months. Make your own body scrub with flower petals, salt or sugar, and coffee. Mix equal parts of each in a bowl and stir to mix. The abrasive salt or sugar and coffee grounds help to release oils from the flower petals. Once everything is mixed well, add a small amount of oil to the mixture. Stir and test the combination by filling a spoon and dropping the scrub back into the bowl from the spoon. If the mixture seems too dry, add a little more oil until it has a consistency that you like. Use the scrub in the shower, and be careful not to slip because of the oil.
Crush your favorite flower petals in a mortar and pestle until the oils release. Add a little water to the mixture and combine until you have a paste. Add the water and petals to a cup of olive oil. Seal the container and shake well to mix. Let the flowers steep in the oil at least overnight. Use the oil on your hair, rubbing it in from your scalp to the ends. Wrap your hair in a towel and leave the oil in place for at least an hour. Wash well, and let your hair air dry. They don’t teach you this one in barber schools!
While it’s fun to make your own beauty products from flowers, don’t forget that you can use them as purely decorative accents, too. Braid flowers into your hair or use the flowers to accent jewelry. Use flowers with long, flexible stems and braid them together to make your own bracelet or necklace. It will be one-of-a-kind, and you can enjoy them until they fade.
Now that you have some ideas about how to use flowers in your beauty routine, be a little creative and come up with some more ways to incorporate them. You may be surprised at all of the different things you can do with flowers.