rose geranium.

September 20, 2011

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for me, this has been the summer of rose geranium. we grow it on the farm where i work and it’s been used with equal enthusiasm in flower bouquets and fruit jams. i can’t get enough of it. it’s lovely. sweet and fragrant and not nearly as expensive as the rose it smells like.
in an effort to surround myself with its sweet scent for as long as possible, i took a bunch home last week and set to work on making an essential oil and an exfoliating salt scrub. just the sorts of thing i’ll need to keep my spirits up as the days get shorter.
while the oil sits on my windowsill, steeping, i thought i’d share a recipe {of sorts} for the salt scrub: 
rose geranium sea salt scrub 
1/2 cup (or so) sea salt
1/2 cup (or so) grapeseed oil
a generous handful chopped rose geranium
pour sea salt in your preferred jar, enough to fill it. add grapeseed oil to salt until thoroughly wetted. {if you prefer, you can substitute olive or jojoba oil}. to stir, dump the mixture into a small mixing bowl and add a large handful of your chopped and bruised geranium leaves. if you’re not convinced you’ll use the scrub quickly, you might consider adding dried leaves which have less risk of molding. truth be told though, you’re going to want to slather yourself in this scrub every chance you get, so i’m not sure the drying bit is necessary.
once mixed, put the mixture back into the original jar. tighten your lid and then use with wild abandon as soon as possible.
{a caveat, equally important for those living with a partner and those living without one: make sure the tub is well rinsed after using. you only thought a banana peel was slippery. this stuff is the real deal. rinse and repeat}.

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11 Comments

  • Reply Nicole Franzen {La Buena Vida} September 20, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    this is a great idea 🙂 I dont think I have ever smelled rose geranium

  • Reply Mal September 20, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    This is such a lovely idea!

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  • Reply Daniella September 20, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    I don't think i've ever smelled rose geranium either. This idea is great though! I've been making bath salts mixed with lavender buds and essential oil, but I might try this out next. Great pics too 🙂

  • Reply Cindy September 20, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    i love rose geranium and put it in some sugar for tea. if i keep it away from the radiator, a plant will last through the winter.

    this is a wonderful recipe and i'll be sure to head your warning!

  • Reply Erin September 20, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    @cindy yes! i want to get more and make some sugar!

  • Reply Anonymous September 20, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    I am so going to try this. 🙂

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  • Reply Jane Flanagan September 21, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Gorgeous!! I want to try this too!

  • Reply katy elliott September 21, 2011 at 2:01 am

    love this!

  • Reply chelsea September 30, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    beautiful photos. i love scented geraniums!

  • Reply Shamanic Winds April 3, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    I had just been reading somewhere about 'opening up your senses' starting the day with a Daily Sea Salt Scrub Cleansing — and many eons ago when I'd begin my Daily Rituals, I had used a few drops of Essential Oil of Rose Geranium in a Shell of Blessing Water in opening up my Third Eye, rubbing the Geranium/Water mix on my forehead with the Symbol of an Equal Armed Cross.

    I've been wanting to get the actual plant itself for ages now, and this was perfect timing finding your recipe here! In hopes to purchase this lovely plant today at our local greenhouse.

    Blessings )O(,
    Indigenous Shamanic Winds xo

  • Reply Anonymous June 26, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Went to my nursery and ordered my rose geranium plants..can't wait to make as gifts…in the meantime, I have mint outside and lemon infused olive oil. I'll see how that works.

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