My inner hippie child is strong and so is my love for flowers. Whether using flowers to enhance beauty, calm my nerves or make my house look great, flowers are a part of my everyday life. Many flowers can act as neurotonics, calming the body’s nervous system helping us deal with stress and promoting relaxation. Other flowers are anti-inflammatory, making them useful to treat muscle pain, sprains, bruises and even arthritis. Flowers are also used by the beauty care industry to help promote skin regeneration, help clean out pores and enhance anti- aging properties of creams and serums. It’s pretty easy to make your own flower oil that can be used as a body oil, a bath oil, a face oil or a pain oil. Here are what some of my favorite flowers are good for and how to make your own oil.
These aromatic flowers can be steeped in hot water for a lovely night-time relaxing tea. Combine it with some tulsi tea and your set to go straight to sleep land. Lavender can also help to disinfect the scalp and skin making it an excellent infusion into any body, face or hair product. you can easily make a lavender flower oil and use it as a body oil, a bath oil or added into your current conditioner to fully embrace the power of this flower.
Chamomile is one of the most gentle and most effective florals to drink and use topically. Chamomile is used extensively to settle stomach upset and illness. The Polish even give chamomile tea to newborns to help with gas. Chamomile is also great for helping to soothe irritated skin and to promote healing. We infuse our diaper cream with chamomile for this reason. Chamomile is quite anti-inflammatory. A DIY herbal oil with a jojoba base is great for treating acne or razor burn.
If you are and athlete and don’t know about the benefits of arnica, you are missing out. Arnica is great at reducing inflammation and promoting healing. If I suffer any type of break or sprain, arnica homeopathic tablets are one of the first things I take. Since starting that protocol, I’ve noticed my healing time is much more rapid, almost unbelievably rapid. Unlike most flowers, arnica doesn’t smell particularly blissful. When making your own flower oil, it might be nice to add in a few drops of your favorite skin-safe essential oil like lavender, patchouli or bergamot to help change the scent.
Jasmine always reminds me of a romantic goddess strolling the night. This pleasant smelling flower has been a symbol of love for centuries. The smell is considered to be an aphrodisiac and is quite calming the body and mind. I usually prefer using jasmine essential oil over a flower oil because the smell is much stronger, but you can easily get some of the amazing benefits of jasmine by making your own herbal oil. Jasmine is extremely calming for the skin and does wonders to improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles because of it’s ability to provide antioxidants while moisturizing the skin. Consuming jasmine flower tea is also popular as it has been linked to enhancing the immune system, detoxifying the body and even improving eyesight. Jasmine essential oil and jasmine tea is a favorite among menopausal women as it seems to balance out hormones thereby decreasing symptoms of menopause.
I used to make little sachets of rose petals for my underwear drawer. I thought people did it because roses smell so good but, in fact, roses have antibacterial properties. Combine this with the fact that roses are extremely hydrating for your skin and these petals are a high priority choice for your soaker tub. The hydrating, toning and antibacterial properties of rose make it an excellent addition to skin care products. It’s no wonder why so many spa’s and facial lines use rose in many of their concoctions. Making your own rose flower oil with a high quality carrier oil like pomegranate can be a simple DIY project that can control your breakouts while protecting your skin from signs of sun damage and aging.
How To Make Your Own Flower Oil:
Step 1: Take Out A Mason Jar, A Carrier Oil (Like Jojoba, Organic Sunflower Or Avocado) And Your Dried Flowers
Step 2: Place 1 Tbsp – 1/4 Cup Of Dried Flowers In The Mason Jar
Step 3: Cover The Flowers With Your Carrier Oil, Making Sure There Is Enough Oil To Cover The Flowers
Step 4: Wait A Minimum Of 3 Weeks For The Flowers To Infuse Into The Carrier Oil
Step 5: Use As A Bath Oil, A Body Oil, A Face Oil Or A Pain Oil (Depending On The Flowers)
Let Your Inner Hippie Shine!
Jay & Rae
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