The Cross Country Cookery cookbook has all sorts of delicious recipes. It also has a handful of old-time homesteading ‘recipes’ like this one for perfumed rose petals.
Perfumed Rose Petals
- 2 gallon rose petals loosely packed
- 1/2 oz oil of geranium
- 1/2 oz oil of cloves
- 1/2 oz oil of lavender
- 1/2 oz oil of spike
Measure rose petals when fresh. Gather 1/2 gallon at a time just before they shatter from the stems. Spread the gathered petals loosely on newspaper in coolroom. Mark date of petals gathered on each paper. The petals must be stirred each day so they will dry properly. It takes 4-6 weeks for petals to dry.
After petals are dried, put them in aluminum pan (aluminum will not absorb the "precious oils"). The oils are mixed together, and then poured over the petals which are stirred well. Mix dried petals from your geraniums, larkspur, statice, lavender, blue salvia for color. Before placing in container, rub the inside of the container with glycerine. This will prevent loss of oils.
Put some in a ginger jar - or net, tied with velvet ribbon and small velvet flours for a nice gift!
This recipe came from Hawaii.