Updated: Jan 19
Instead of letting every bouquet of roses you receive wither away, check out 11 ways you can reuse and recycle them!
1. Roll A Rose Blunt
Cannabis or hemp rolled in carefully positioned rose petals. Subscribe to the YouTube channel for a tutorial!
2. Add Petals to Bath Salts
Rose petals are an opulent symbol of luxury, it makes a lot of sense to pair it with one of the most common indulgences: a hot bath.
The sweet smell of rose water in your bath is a blissful and sensual experience.
Here’s a recipe that can be made in minutes using leftover rose petals.
Mix together one cup of Epsom salts, a handful of dried, crushed rose petals and 1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt or sea salt.
To enhance the scent, add in a few drops of rose essential oil. Stir it all together, and store in a cute jar.
To enjoy this rejuvenating bath made in minutes, pour your rose bath salt mixture into a muslin bag and allow it to infuse with the hot bath water.
This way you get all the aromatic benefits without a messy clean up afterward and your drain won’t get clogged with petals.
3. Sprinkle petals all over your home, especially your bedroom.
4. Floral Ice Cubes
Floral ice cubes take any drink to another level. Many times when focusing on health we need to limit the type of drinks we consume.
Drinking the recommended amount of water daily to stay hydrated can seem very boring to consistently include in your routine.
Making a tray of floral ice cubes with organic rose petals and other food-grade and edible flowers can help this routine seem more enjoyable and help you stay hydrated.
5. Add to A Hydrating Foot or Hand Soak
Feet and hands ladies! Feet and hands!
6. An alternative way to connect with your partner
Intimacy and lovemaking can be experienced in so many different forms, taking time to cater to your partner, and their needs and wants are the backbones of a great relationship.
"Offer gentle affirming kisses and warm, cuddly hugs. Offer herbal tea. Then run an Epsom salt or Dead Sea salt bath with some herbs, bubbles, and rose petals in it (do not use any salts if you or your partner have high blood pressure or edema)."
-Sacred Woman, Queen Afua
While in the tub with your partner talk to each other, appreciate each other’s presence, and connect with each other in the best way you know how.
Share a relaxing CBD joint or herbal smoke blend and talk and listen while focusing on healing and oneness.
7. Make rose vinegar
Using vinegar as a cleaning solution is an inexpensive, multi-purpose, and eco-friendly way to clean.
Rose petals soaked in vinegar is a sweet way to use vinegar so many places around the house (except marble!).
8. DIY Rose Petal Smudge Bundle
Smudging is a sacred ritual that has been used for centuries. Smudging clears stagnant energy and air in your space and can help you to reset and connect before meditation, after a fight or when moving into a new home.
A floral smudge bundle can consist of any herb of your choosing, thyme, lavender, rose petals, mugwort and rosemary to name a few.
Please be cautious if using white sage to smudge as commercial harvesting has greatly overharvested the herb and exploited the communities it is indigenous to.
9. Rose Art For Your Kiddos
Any moms out there that know they can’t bask in true self-care unless their kids are occupied and happy? Kids offer so much love and light, they should have a part in this as well.
I’ve realized children experience bliss and creativity when they get a chance to create with everyday real-world items.
Gather petals, large pieces of paper, crayons/colored pencils, and glue for your kids, and let them create whatever they want.
If your child is a bit older you can also add salt to the art supplies and allow them to create a unique sensory experience. Use a thin layer of glue and sprinkle the salts on the paper for them, the final product should engage their sense of touch with the fine salts on the page, the smoothness of the petals, and their sense of smell too!
Their little hearts will also be so appreciative that you’re sharing your bouquet of flowers with them regardless of whether it’s just a way to recycle petals.
10. Add into Wellness products
Rose petals are used in wellness products to produce the healing essence of roses. They add a naturally sweet fragrance and when used aromatically, roses can calm and soothe the mind.
11. Enhance the look of your food
Garnish organic, washed rose petals over any exotic dish to add an extra layer of visual stimulation.