Flowers are a gift from Mother Nature, they are charming, calm us down and put an instant smile on the face. Since ancient times, flowers have been prized for their alluring fragrance and unique colours and hence have been extensively used for beautification, rejuvenation and perfumery.
Right from distilling essential oils, making potpourri preparations, or using them for aromatherapy practices, the incredible benefits of floral blooms encompass far beyond just gifting someone or embellishing the house.
In many cultures around the world, flowers are one of the most sought-after herbal remedies that are incorporated in food or fabricated in the form of essential oils or carrier oils for treating a host of conditions including headaches, digestive problems, cough and cold, anxiety and fatigue.
Legend has it, in the ancient times, several queens used to sprinkle flower petals onto their floors and even included them in their bath and beauty rituals owing to their extensive beauty properties. The abundance of vitamins and antioxidants in the flowers not only helps moisturize, cleanse and smoothen but also fight several signs of ageing. Floral extracts are also pivotal in hair care as they promote hair growth, reduce breakage and strengthen them from the tips.
With passing time, these flowers in the form of dried petals or oil or extracts have been incorporated in several beauty products including toners, cleansers, body oils, bath salts, face masks, shampoos, conditioners, hair oils, and even medicinal formulations.
Here are three easy ways you can incorporate these beautiful blossoms into your daily beauty essentials and reap its goodness to achieve a glowing complexion and gorgeous mane.
DIY Floral Recipes:
Marigold And Yogurt Face Pack
3-4 marigold flowers
1 tbsp yoghurt
2 tsp sandalwood powder
1tsp lemon juice
Soak the marigold flowers in a little amount of water for 20 minutes.
Pour all the ingredients along with the soaked marigold flowers in a blender and make a paste of it.
Apply the face pack all over the face and neck.
Let it dry for 20-30 minutes.
Wash off with cool water.
The marigold face pack is extremely beneficial for dull, saggy skin. It is extremely beneficial for reducing rashes, acne, blemishes and soothes dry, damaged skin. The addition of yoghurt prevents bacterial infections whereas sandalwood powder imparts and healthy radiant glow to the skin.
Rose And Almond Oil Moisturiser
2 cups of dried rose petals
10 tbsp almond oil
1-2 tbsp shea butter
1 tbsp beeswax
1 tbsp lanolin
2 vitamin E capsules
4-5 drops of rosehip seed oil
Grind the dry rose petals and 3-4 tbsp of almond oil in a blender.
Pour the mixture in a microwave and heat it for 2-3 minutes.
Transfer the mixture to a piece of muslin cloth and squeeze in the oil from the mixture in a small bowl.
Melt shea butter, beeswax, and lanolin in a double boiler.
Once it comes to boil, switch it off and cool it down.
Add the extracted rose oil to the melted cream.
Crack open the vitamin E capsules and add the vitamin E oil, remaining almond oil and rosehip seed oil to the melted cream.
Mix all the ingredients thoroughly in a blender.
Pour in a glass vessel and store it in the refrigerator for future use.
This astounding rose moisturiser is extremely beneficial for all skin types. The concoction of Shea and almond oil moisturises dry skin, treats acne and reduces wrinkles and blemishes. The addition of vitamin E oil not only reduces oxidative damage of the skin but also slows down skin ageing and imparts you a smooth glowing complexion. Also Read: Aromatic Rose Water For Health And Beauty Benefits
Hibiscus And Coconut Hair Oil
15 hibiscus flowers
10 curry leaves
1 cup of coconut oil
¼ cup castor oil
Wash the hibiscus flowers and curry leaves and then grind them into a fine paste.
Heat the coconut oil and castor oil in a boiler and add the floral paste to it.
Heat for a couple of minutes, turn off the flame and cover the pan with a lid to allow the oil to cool.
After cooling, take the required quantity of oil for instant use and store the rest in a jar or bottle for future use.
Massage the oil onto your scalp and throughout the hair strands with your fingertips
Wrap a warm towel over your hair and wait for 30 minutes.
Wash off the hair using a mild shampoo.
The hibiscus and curry leaf infused hair oil works as a magical solution for all your hair woes. Not only does it rejuvenate the scalp but also enhance hair growth and prevent loss of hair. The addition of coconut oil and castor oil penetrates deep into the hair shaft, increases blood circulation in the scalp, and offers the hair with much-needed nourishment to increase thickness and promote overall hair quality. Also Read: Hibiscus: Stunning Beauty Benefits of Vibrant Red Flower, You Should Know