How to Make Bath Salts from Flower Petals

Tutorial: How to Make Bath Salts from Flower Petals

When you’re the recipient of an online delivery of flowers, you might think that you can only enjoy your flower bouquets as long as the blossoms stay alive. However, although you can’t prevent the flowers from eventually wilting and fading, you can still get some use from them after they’re gone per Mother Nature’s course. Don’t let flowers that someone sent you (or that you sent yourself) from an online florist go to waste when there are plenty of crafty things that you can do to enjoy them long after the petals have fallen from the flowers.

One of the most innovative ways to enjoy flowers after they’ve died is to collect the dead flower petals and make bath salts from them. If you’re like most of us, then one of your favorite aspects of flowers is the heady aromas that they put off. Different blossoms have different lovely smells, and if you preserve the petals from your floral arrangements, then you can enjoy their fragrances for days to come when you transform them into bath salts.

To begin making your bath salts, collect the petals from your latest floral delivery. It’s best to use flower petals as soon as they have started to loose their freshness but before they have dried out completely, although you can certainly use completely dried petals if you choose to do so. Your bath salts might not have as strong of a natural petal scent as they would if you has used fresher petals, but you might not want your bath salts too strongly scented.

Create your homemade bath salts mixture by first gathering your petals. Usually, the petals from four flowers is enough to garner one cup of petals, which is what you need to create these bath salts. Once you’ve accumulated your flower petals, sprinkle a few drops of an essential oil on the to bring out their natural fragrance and help them dry out more. It’s best to complement flowers with like scents. For instance, sprinkle rose petals with rose water or rose essential oil. Likewise, if you’re creating lavender-scented bath salts, sprinkle the petals with lavender essential oil.

After sprinkling a few drops of oil onto the petals, allow the petals to sit over night to dry out and absorb the oil. The petals don’t have to be placed in any special container. A simple bowl will do just fine.

The next morning, prepare the salts mixture by mixing one cup of Epsom salts, 1/3 cup of baking soda and 2/3 cup of powdered milk together. All of these ingredients work together to create a relaxing bath. While the Epsom salts help detoxify the body and soothe soreness, the powdered milk and baking soda work together to soften the skin.

Assemble the bath salts in an air-tight container by layering the salts mixture with the dried flower petals. Begin with a layer of salts followed by a later of petals. Simply crush the petals roughly by crumbling them up in your hands as you layer. Repeat the layering process until the jar is full, and then seal the jar. The longer the petals are allowed to sit in with the salts mixture, the more the scent will begin to mingle in with the salts.

As you can see, in just a few easy steps, you can take the flowers that you got from an online florist and turn them into lovely bath salts that allow you to enjoy their fragrance even after the blooms have faded.

Why do Flowers have Fragrance?

Why do Flowers have Fragrance?

Whenever we think of flowers, first thing that comes to the mind is the smell apart from others such as colors, shapes etc. Even when you pass thru a garden, the fragrance of flowers completely engulfs us. Nature has instilled flowers with beauty, charisma, colors, fragrance and nectar. Insects get pulled towards flowers and they sit on them and when they fly off they carry with them pollen grains to other flowers. This interchanging of pollen grains help in cross pollination of flowers as a result of which seeds are produced. This is how plants and trees multiply on their own.

What attracts insects to flowers, is their fragrance. This in turn helps in pollination through the insects. If it weren’t for the fragrance, insects would never sit on the flowers. Different flowers contain oils that give them a specific fragrance. As and when the oils evaporate, these fragrances with them spread in the air and that’s how they attract insects. Perfumes, soaps, shampoo’s are also made from these oils once they are extracted from flowers. Even certain herbs and medicines etc are made by extracting these fragrant oils in the flowers.

Every flowering plant will give off a different scene. This is due to their biological structure and chemistry. Right from the soil and they methods they are harvested, each flower will give off a smell depending on these conditions. Plants exhibit their scent output to high levels only during the time when the flowers are ready for pollination. They usually maximize their outputs during the day and are primarily pollinated by bees or butterflies and those plants that exhibit their scent during the night times are usually pollinated by bats and moths. During flower development, newly opened and small flowers, which are not ready to function as pollen donors, produce fewer scents and are less likely to be attracted towards pollinators than older flowers. Once a flower has been sufficiently pollinated, changes to the floral bouquet lead to a lower attractiveness of these flowers and help to direct pollinators to unpollinated flowers instead, thereby maximizing the reproductive success of the plant.

Flowering plants exude chemicals in flowers which evaporate into the thin air and produce their own unique fragrances. When you order flowers online, there is a good chance that the bouquet that is delivered to you will exhibit some sort of a fragrance. These could be sweet smelling to sometimes even mildly pungent. Flower bouquets in vases sometimes deliver a mixture of smells which is due to the fact that they are in open waters in the vase which also mix with the foliage and other flowers which give off a mixed smell after a couple of days if the water in the vase has not been changed. When you send flowers online to someone and you want to send something that has a sweet smell, consider flowers such as Oriental Lilies, Peonies, Sweet Alyssum, Tube Roses, Lavender, Iris, Hyacinth, Lily of the Valley to name a few which give off a nice smell and if kept in a small room with air conditioner, it can really fill up the whole room in no time. These serve well for even small toilets if you place just a few stems of these fresh flowers. Even certain foliage such as eucalyptus leaves, exude a strong fragrance that is liked by most. When you order a bouquet that has a mixture of these kinds of foliage and flowers that give off a fragrance, the end result can be quite dramatic and pleasing!

Potpourri Dried Flowers

Potpourri – Dried Flowers
Potpourri or dried flower is the best dry arrangement that is easily available everywhere these days. There are several people who have been wasting their time to dry flowers and sell them but now flowers, leaves, tree barks, scones, buds, etc. are all being dried. These flowers are not only used as dried flowers but they are also painted. When these things are dried they are spray painted with bright colors like purple, dark green, blue, golden, silver, red and brown. The spray paint not only gives them a stronger look but the colorful dried flowers look beautiful. When dried and left brown the flowers and the stems, etc. do not look that nice the way they do when painted nicely. After spraying the flowers with paint, the paint is dry. Once the paint is dry the dried things are sprayed heavily with perfumes and air fresheners. They are sprayed so heavily that the smell remains with them for a very long time. The dried things are then packed up in plastic bags and sold in the markets at an affordable price.
The dried flowers are all colorful and they are put in different places of homes, offices, shops, etc. The sweet smell of the dried flowers when put in a special bathroom dish and placed on the counter or near the window sill, leaves the washroom smelling sweet.
In the same way some people put the dried flowers in the hall while others arrange them in the living room. There are many people who put the dry flowers in their offices and waiting rooms of clinics and hospitals. The best thing about them is the sweet smell that they give off and then there is no chance that the flowers would wither away. There is no issue about cleaning the area again and again while there are several other things that need to be managed in the same way of fresh flower arrangement is made. All those people who have been using the dry flowers know very well that they are a good way to keep your environment fresh and fragrant. They are cheaper in comparison to the fresh flowers which wither away soon. Dried flowers are the best option for all those people who are allergic to flowers.
The fresh flowers and the pollen cause a lot of allergies and other issues to people. However with the dried flowers around one, there is no such issue. These dry things are a beauty; they are decorative as well as sweet smelling. All those who do not like fresh flowers or cannot afford to have fresh flowers near them every day should definitely opt for these dry flowers which are useful and fresh in every sense. These dry and painted, sweet smelling flowers are available for all those people who need to have an excellent sense of management for the beautifying of different environments. They are being made by a lot of people and easily available in different markets at a good rate.