Aromatherapy for your Valentine

Valentines Day is set aside to show those most important to us just how much we love them. We send out pink frilly cards, give candies or flowers, to that special someone for whom our heart pines on Valentines Day. This year, express your love by creating a loving Scent-ual gift for your favorite Valentine. Using the purest of essential oils, a few ingredients from around the house, and maybe even a flower or two, your gifts will be not only wonderfully romantic, but good for your Valentine, too. Using essential oils for scenting ourselves, our homes, for bath or massage, creates an unforgettable experience. Essential oils are the pure life essence of the plants from which they come, providing us with a safe, natural, even healthy way to scent our environment. Oils can be added to bath and beauty products, cleaning and household products, or diffused in the air by candle, scent pot, or aroma-jewelry. Each oil contains certain properties that provide for calming or stimulating, warming or cooling. Many essential oils maintain warming, romantic, even aphrodisiac properties, and can easily create an air of sensuality, and expectation. Essential oils have been used in perfuming for thousands of years. Cleopatra used Rose oil to perfume her sails to attract Marc Anthony, and Jasmine in her hair to distract him from important business meetings. Rose oil, the oil of love, opens the heart and recalls memories of love and romance. Jasmine, the queen of the night blooming flowers, is fiery and passionate. These two oils, rather costly in nature, create an air of mystery and sensuality that is practically unrivaled. Neroli, Ylang-Ylang (“flower of flowers”), Sweet Orange, Sandalwood, Rosewood and Black Pepper are all reputed aphrodisiacs, and are wonderful additions to any romantic blend. Remember to always use the highest quality Essential oils, and use with care. When it comes to essential oils, less is ALWAYS more. Valentines creamy massage bars

  • 2 Tablespoons Beeswax
  • 1 Tablespoon Cocoa Butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Coconut Oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Almond Oil
  • 4 drops Patchouli Oil
  • 4 drops Rosewood Oil

Combine first 4 ingredients, and melt gently. Allow to cool a few moments, then add essential oils. Mix well, pour into soap mold, or homemade mold (old ice cube trays work wonderfully) and allow to cool for several hours. Store in a cool dry place. Scents for Romance These blends can be combined with 2 ounces of massage oil (Sweet Almond Oil, Olive Oil, etc), with water in a scent pot, or with Vodka to create a wonderful perfume. Scent #1

  • 8 drops Sandalwood Oil
  • 6 drops Ginger Oil (for spicy) OR
  • 5 drops Rosewood Oil (sensual)
  • 5 drops Ylang-Ylang Oil

Scent #2

  • 10 drops Lavender Oil
  • 6 drops Sweet Orange Oil
  • 4 drops Rose Oil
  • 3 drops Chamomile Oil

Rose Petal Jelly

  • 1 3/4 C rose petal juice *
  • 2 T lemon juice
  • 3 1/2 C sugar
  • 3 oz liquid pectin
  • To extract juice:

Pack rose petals tightly into measuring cup to measure 1 1/2 C. Place in a large saucepan and crush with potato masher. Add 2 1/4 C water and bring quickly to a boil. Simmer the petals until they have a washed-out color. Strain petals, reserving 1 3/4 C of the juice. Add a dash of lemon juice, and it will shine a lovely pink. Blend rose and lemon juice in a large saucepan. Add sugar and mix well. Place over high heat and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Pour in liquid pectin. Bring to a full rolling boil and boil hard 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, gently skim off the foam with metal spoon and quickly pour into hot sterilized containers. Use within 6 months, or color will fade. Rose petal sandwich with Roseberry dressing

  • Sourdough bread
  • Curly Romaine
  • 10 Rose Petals
  • Goat Cheese
  • Walnuts or Pine Nuts
  • Red Onion Slices
  • Roseberry Dressing
  • 1/2 Cup Raspberry Yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Rosewater

Toast bread lightly. Rinse Romaine and Rose Petals well, and pat dry. Place one leaf of Romaine on bread, layer with Rose petals, goat cheese and walnuts. Top with Roseberry dressing. Place second Romaine leaf on another slice of toasted bread, add onion, serve open-faced. True Love Tea

  • 1 cup rose petals
  • 1 fresh sprig spearmint
  • 8 C spring water

Rinse Rose petals well, crushing slightly. Place in a coffee press with fresh spearmint sprig. Add boiling water, steep for three-four minutes, press and serve. Honey may be added for taste if desired.

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