Beauty DIYs Using Flowers
Don’t you just love flowers? They are absolutely pretty to look at and have wonderful fragrances that further boost their beauty. What you probably didn’t know is flowers also have various medicinal properties that have been used in Ayurveda and other ancient medicine for centuries. Even most essential oils are derived from flowers, harnessing their healing properties. If you’re thinking you can’t possibly come up with a way to use fresh flowers in your beauty routine, we’ve got great news. Here are some simple DIY recipes using flowers that will wow you!
DIY Rose Face Mask
“Of all the flowers in the flora kingdom, rose is one of the most amazing ingredients for skin. It helps reduce redness and calms the skin. Roses also have astringent and antibacterial properties and are wonderful for oily and acne-prone skin types,” says Dolly Kumar, cosmetic engineer, founder and director at Cosmic Nutracos Solutions Pvt Ltd, the parent company of skincare brand Skinella.
Honey- 1 teaspoon
Rose petals- 10
Rose water- 2 teaspoons
Yoghurt- 1 teaspoon
Chop up the rose petals and add them to a bowl. Add one teaspoon of honey, two teaspoons of rosewater and one teaspoon plain yoghurt to the bowl and mix well until you have a smooth paste. Apply on your face and neck, and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes, and then rinse with water. You will enjoy fresh, clean and glowing skin.
DIY Hibiscus Moisturiser
Kumar says, “Hibiscus is another flower that has several benefits to keep your skin hydrated, youthful, and deliver a smoother looking complexion. The natural acids present in hibiscus help purify your skin by breaking down dead skin cells, while helping control acne breakouts. It’s naturally occurring oil also helps to keep your skin moisturised.”
Dried hibiscus petals- 30
Almond oil- 2 tablespoons
Aloe vera gel- 1 tablespoon
Saffron- 1 pinch
Add 20-30 dried hibiscus petals and two tablespoon of almond oil to, grind it and then transfer the mixture to a glass bowl. Place the bowl in the microwave and heat it for 2-3 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a piece of cotton cloth and squeeze in the oil from the mixture in a small bowl. Add some saffron and aloe vera gel to the oil and mix it well. You will get a smooth paste. Nourish your hands, feet and other areas of your body with this amazing DIY hibiscus moisturiser.
DIY Marigold Body Oil
Marigold has antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties which make it a great ingredient to add to your skincare routine. Marigold oil is great to help heal wounds, and calm inflammatory skin conditions like eczema or other rashes.
Dried marigold petals (enough to fill a 100 ml bottle)
Jojoba oil (90 ml)
Glass jar- 100 ml
Fill up the 100 ml glass jar with dried calendula petals. Now, add the jojoba oil to the flower filled jar and close the lid. Place the jar by a window that gets the most amount of sunlight for about a month and shake it occasionally. After a month, strain the contents of the jar with a muslin cloth and squeeze the petals in the cloth to derive every ounce of oil. Store this oil in a glass bottle with a pipette cap for easy use. Apply this oil to your body preferably immediately after a shower to moisturise your skin.
DIY Hibiscus Hair Rinse
Hibiscus flowers are rich in vitamins A, B, C and also contain essential minerals, amino acids, and alpha-hydroxy acids all of which are great for hair growth and adding a healthy shine to the mane. It also keeps dandruff at bay and delivers a light reddish tinge to hair along with lustre.
Hibiscus- 2 red flowers
Licorice root- 1 stick
Honey- 1 teaspoon
Water- 2 cups
Add the flowers, licorice root, and water to a stainless steel vessel. Boil these ingredients on a stove and then reduce the heat and let it simmer for five minutes. Turn off the heat and let this mixture cool down, and then stir in the honey. Strain the mixture well and it is ready to use. After shampooing your hair pour this rinse on your scalp and hair, and gently massage it on your scalp. Rinse with water after five minutes