For the blog party on staying cool in the summer, hosted at Alchemille’s Garden
I spell “cool in the summer” a-i-r c-o-n-d-i-t…. oh, wait… that’s not herbal, hehe
As you probably know, there are literally hundreds of ways to use herbs and plants and food to stay cool in the summer. My favorite is just taking a lazy walk in the cool shade of big leafy trees, especially near a stream or a lake or a river or the ocean. Or better yet, taking a dip in that water or sitting and digging my toes into the cool mud or sand alongside it. Just getting close to the heartbeat of Mother Earth, where the growth is lush and the water runs free is enough all by itself.
I also like to add herbs and plants to almost every other thing I do in the course of living. I wanted to share one cooling thing I’ve been using lately that is so easy and simple.
How to make Rose Petal Toner & Spritzer
This takes maybe 5 minutes to make, plus infusing time. Just put fragrant dried or fresh rose petals in a jar, pour witch hazel over them, and let them sit for a couple of weeks. The result is a heavenly rose-scented, pink, cooling toner.
I use it on a cotton ball to cleanse my face and neck after my shower each day. I have to say that my skin has never been so soft and clear as it has since I began using this. Works better than any expensive facial product I’ve ever purchased.
I also put it in a spray bottle to spritz all over when ever I want to cool off a little. It’s nice spritzed right in the face (be careful not to get in eyes) and on the neck, arms, belly… where ever you need it. Freshens and cools instantly. And it smells soooooo good!
Use fresh or dried roses
I made herbal gifts for the holidays last December and had lots of dried rose petals left over. I wanted to use them before they lost their potency, so was wracking my brain for what would use up a lot of them all at once. I decided to infuse them in witch hazel, which I also had plenty of. Now roses are blooming all over outside. I’m sure a fresh infusion will be just as lovely!