"He causeth the grass to grow for food, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth a man's heart." ~Psalm 104: 14-15

Sunday

February, Roses and DIY Ideas


Roses, roses, roses! Whenever I can, I'll save old roses. Letting them dry on the stem (sometimes actually hung upside down in dark place, more often left in an empty jar/vase until they're completely dry), or gathering falling petals, pinching the whole head off a tired limp rose, or even pressing them! Especially with petals, I'll add them to a basket of dried roses; first laying them out in an empty flat air basket so they can dry, later putting them together with the rest of my collection.

Musky, sweet, nostalgic...I love the scent of old roses! As delightful as fresh roses smell, somehow the fragrance enhances as they dry and age - at least my nose thinks so! 


Have you ever saved your bouquets? I've been saving mine since I was a girl. Sometimes I've bought them (from Bulk Herb Store or Mountain Rose Herbs), so I could be sure to have a good clean and organic source for something edible or in my homemade remedies.


Here are some ways I've used roses:

Herbal Rose Remedies

Soothing Rose Hand Cream
Stimulating/Soothing Rose Lip Balm
Soothing Flower Bug-Bite Salve

Other Dried Rose Uses

Homemade Winter Potpourri - my favorite use for home-dried roses!
3 Ways to Have Fun With Herbal Dye!
4 More Ways: How to Make Good Use of those Leftover Rose Petals
Over a Dozen ways for using - instead of discarding- old rose petals: Roses 


For those special petals, if you happen to see (or have!) any roses that could be saved for a second use...

 What is your favorite way to use roses?

 This post is shared with: The Art of Home-Making Mondays 

Saturday

If you love me...

This post isn't an herby post...but it is what's on my heart for the day.

On My Heart for the Day

When I wrote about giving gifts as thanks to someone who's sacrificed for you, I had this on my mind. When I think about sharing my life with younger ladies, and encouraging them with what is most important in life, this is on my mind. When I think about many aspects of life and how I want to approach them, this comes up. ...