Among herbs and flowers, roses are noted for their beauty and fragrance. The ancient Greeks believed that roses were created by the gods from the body of a nymph. Throughout the centuries, the petals of the roses have also been used as a beauty agent. Rose water, which is made from rose petals soaked in water, is known to help cure acne. A cream for your face made with rose petals has similar benefits for your skin.
Place about 8 cups rose petals in a pot and cover with enough water to fill the pot (6 to 8 cups).
Bring water to a boil. Reduce the temperature and let simmer for several minutes.
Cover a glass jar with at least two layers of cheesecloth.
Wrap a rubber band around the cheesecloth on the lip of the jar, to hold it in place.
Pour water through the cheesecloth into the jar to strain it.
Place the beeswax and almond oil in an enamel pan and heat on low until the beeswax melts. Mix the two together.
Pull the pan off of the heat and allow the mixture to cool.
Pour in 1/4 cup rose water and 1/2 tsp. sodium benzoate. Mix well.
Place the mixture in a refrigerator for 24 hours to cool.
Apply to face before bedtime to soothe skin overnight. This mixture can also be used on chapped hands.
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After 10 years experience in writing, Tracy S. Morris has countless articles and two novels to her credit. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including "Ferrets" and "CatFancy," as well as the "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World," and several websites.