Though we are into Fall now; the roses are still blooming here in the Grove, so I thought I would try my hand at some cheap and cheerful, homemade skin care. Here is my recipe for "Quick and Easy Rose Petal & Witch Hazel Toner":
You will need:
2 handfuls of fresh rose petals
1 covered dish
metal tea strainer and funnel
2 same size containers
1 dark glass bottle
Step 3. Measure out an equal amount of pure witch hazel to your rosewater. Pour both the witch hazel and rosewater together into a dark glass bottle, cap tightly and shake gently or rotate bottle to mix. Store in a dark, cool cupboard. Apply to skin with a cotton ball.
Rosewater is anti-inflammatory and has anti-bacterial qualities and so soothes irritated or acne-prone skin. As a natural astringent; it tones skins and tightens pores as well as reducing the appearance of wrinkles. It is also used to hydrate, revitalize and moisture all skin types as it balances the serum of the skin. Witch hazel has similar benefits as it pertains to toning, tightening and cleansing the skin.
And since the beautiful Queen Cleopatra is said to have washed her face in rosewater and indulged in milk baths heavily laced with rose petals; as part of her beauty regime ... I think that is good enough for me to incorporate some rosewater into my daily skin care routine!
Bibliography: Magical Powers of Rosewater for Glowing Skin, Read & Digest, 2020
Meadow Sweet Grove © V. Buchanan 2020
February 14th - St. Valentine's Day = Love
~ Save your scraps ~
Set aside a shoe box or large envelope and collect scraps throughout the year. Cut out beautiful pictures from magazines, cards, advertisements, tags, packaging, wrapping paper, stickers from address labels - you get the idea! Save little bits of ribbon from chocolate and nut packages, cut buttons off clothes too worn to donate and anything else you fancy. Once you get going, and truly look at everything in your hand before you drop it in the trash or recycling bin - you will be amazed at what you have available to you - for free!! Keep the scissors in the kitchen and go to it!
~ Making the card ~
There are countless ways to make your card - and absolutely the sky is the limit! Here's one option:
Et voilà! Instant, pretty, unique and free Valentine's Day card! The littlest fairies, of course, love making cards themselves ... and some of the not-so-little do too. And for those who do want to spoil their loved ones with a store-bought gift - you now have more money to spend on that perfect prezzie.....
Meadow Sweet Grove © V. Buchanan 2017