Rose Petal Infused Honey.

We make gallons and gallons of rose and lavender infused honey to use as face masks. We use raw honey from our local beekeeper. You can use this honey for your own face masks, or add it to a bath, a little in a cup of tea, or for assistance with wound healing. The rose and honey will nourish your skin and leave it feeling petal soft.

Gather rose petals from rose bushes that you are certain have not been sprayed. Flowers should be dust free and as clean as possible and most importantly completely dry. Harvest when the sun has been shining on them long enough to ensure there is not any dew or moisture on the petals. Rose petals are very delicate and break down quickly and can easily mold.

Wilt your rose petals in a thin layer in the bottom of baskets or use an old window screen. Keep them out of direct light and the wind. Depending on the temperature, you can wilt them for several hours or overnight. You don’t want them to become so dry that they look like potpourri.

Meanwhile, let some honey warm up either in a window sill or double boiler. Do not let the honey boil or it will destroy the enzymes and nutrients.

Fill a jar with your rose petals, packing the jar but not too tightly. Pour warm honey over the rose petals making sure to completely cover the plant material. Use a chopstick to get rid of any air bubbles and let it infuse in a warm place for 2 weeks. You can use a windowsill if you make sure to wipe the condensation off the inside of the lid every day. I like a spot that is near a window, but not in direct light or I put it in a warm place outside and move it in at night.

Once done, you can heat your jar up in a double boiler over very low heat until it is thin enough to pour. Pour honey through cheesecloth into a clean jar. Use the spent rose petals in an old sock for the most amazing bath ever or feed it to the chickens. They will thank you for it! Store honey in a cool dry place with lids on tight. Will last for years.

Essential Oils for Grief.

I am already such a huge fan of essential oils and their healing ways.  I love how they address body, mind and spirit.  We lost an adventurous, kind, and joyful friend this month to an Avalanche.  I wanted to make an essential oil blend for his partner, knowing that just smelling these oils or wearing them would be something simple enough that she could manage to do.  I had the advantage of knowing that she is very drawn to Frankincense, so I knew that this sacred oil would be part of the blend.  Frankincense is also one of the best choices for grief. As I did some further research, I found it very fitting that many of the oils that come up for comfort and support are the tree oils.  Both of them were most at home in wild places.  I chose atlas cedar, cypress, noble fir, and some bergamot to blend with the frankincense.  The result made me feel comforted immediately like I was with family and held.  Others who also smelled it had a similar experience.  Oh, the plants and their mystical, healing ways.  I am forever in their gratitude.  Here is the blend if you ever want to make some for yourself or for someone you know that could use it.  These oils are meant to be inhaled, diffused, or diluted with a carrier oil.  Or put a drop on a pillow case, shirt sleeve, or tissue.  10 drops frankincense, 5 drops atlas cedar, 5 drops cypress, 5 drops bergamot and 2 drops noble fir.