It’s is finally Springtime!
As nature “springs” its way up from the ground, we can explore curious ways to relish in all that this season has to offer. One Springtime treat that can cultivate creativity and quirky inspirations are flowers! ‘Tis the season of vitality, freshness, and blossoming as we slowly emerge from the cold, and dark winter. Some of the flowers that have caught my attention lately are lavender and rose.
Rose and Lavender not only look and smell beautiful but they also have a significant amount of aroma therapeutic and healing properties...because, of course... everything that nature produces contains multiple beneficial purposes.
There are various ways to access the awesomeness of rose buds like rose water, rose essential oils or dried buds.
Immune system boost
Menstrual pain reducer
Stress and anxiety relief
Toner for skin
Inspires love and romance
Lavender flowers are just as magical as roses! Essential oils and teas are perfect ways to start exploring with this herb.
Anxiety and stress reducer
Improving circulation and respiration
I love finding new ways to utilize flowers, spices and other unique ingredients to zest up recipes I use in and on my body. Two of my most recent obsessions is Rose Lavender Chocolate chip cookies and a Rose Lavender Calendula bath soak.
** Please do your research before you start chomping on flowers and leaves**
** Make sure the plants you cook with are food grade...pesticides probably won’t be all that tasty**
Rose Lavender Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe
Bake: 350° 10-15 mins
2 ¼ cup Flour
1 cup Butter (room temp.)
1 ¼ cup Sugar
1 tsp. Baking powder
½ tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Vanilla extract
1 tbsp. Crushed dried lavender and rose petals
¼ cup Chocolate chips
Mix sugar, butter, egg. Then add flour, baking powder, salt and extract. Lastly, add flowers
and chocolate. Form into ball and bake for specified time.
** Feel free to improvise on the chocolate or flowers! Be careful with the lavender though, you don’t want your cookies to taste like perfume.
** Room temperature (soft) butter is crucial for soft and chewy cookies.
Rose Lavender Calendula Bath Soak
Epsom salt - 1 c
Himalayan pink salt (optional)- 1/4 c
Jamaican Black castor oil*- 2 tbsp
Olive oil- 1 tbsp
Peppermint oil- 6 drops
Lemon Oil- 6 drops
Dried Lavender flowers
Dried Rose buds
** You may replace black castor oil with the following oils: coconut, grapeseed, argan, jojoba,
** Include some amethyst or rose quartz to your bath ritual to further enhance the experience.
Flowers are just one of the many ways that nature reminds us to have fun and laugh!
Find curiosity in the world around you.
Give back to the Earth. Buy some flowers, plant some flowers.
Post your cookies and bath soaks on social media! Don't forget to tag Curious Sunshine!