Peony Petal Sugar Scrub*

floral sugar scrub

Peonies are my favorite flower. They bloom without fail the first week of June. They were in my wedding bouquet and serve to remind me of that anniversary every year. The scent is amazing and hard to describe or “create”, just like plumeria. This sugar scrub actually holds the scent quite well. I can’t wait to use it in the shower tonight.

Peony Petal Sugar Scrub

2-4 cups of peony petals (kindly remove the ants which have a symbiotic relationship with the plant. They work together and the ant is helping rather than harming the peonies)

1 tsp of powdered dried cardamom

2 drops of lemon essential oil

Added to 2 cups of sugar in the food processor. Pulse the mixture until you have a coarse paste. If it feels too moist and sticky add more sugar at the very end and barely pulse so that you get more texture/scrub.

Store in a jar with a tight fitting lid. Check frequently to make sure it is not molding or going off. I do not know the preservative potential of this particular set of ingredients.

Paeonia albiflora

I bet you never considered peonies to have healing qualities unless you studied Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is the root that gets used for seizures, irritability, restlessness, coughs, headache, stomach pain, sleep issues, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, fever, muscle/menstrual cramps, diabetes, high blood pressure, and absent periods. The petals are great for rashes or aging skin with their anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. I only have one large plant and could not bear to dig it up to harvest roots. I feel fine about using the petals when they are about to fall. I hate to waste anything in the garden if it has a use.

Published by blackbirdsbackyard

My backyard botanical pharmacy is located in Boulder Colorado. I began studying herbal medicinewhen I was 12 years old. In college I studied subjects like anthropology, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, After graduation I decided to go to midwifery school. I attended births and had a small practice until I retired early in order to be a mother full time. I have always had an herb garden, gathered plants and made my own healing formulas with plants. Over the last 30 years there have been many teachers and I have attended dozens of workshops. I am one of those people who is always reading, studying and learning. In 2019 I was called to practice as an herbalist professionally, using "plant spirit medicine" and bio-energetic ( 5 element)healing techniques. I feel that there is a big need in the community for my skills and talents. I hope to inspire others to start their own backyard pharmacies as a solution to species extinction and the healthcare crisis in America. Healing has also become a spiritual practice and way for me to feel balanced and connected with nature. I consult with clients in person, teach classes (adults and kids), give tours of my garden and offer apprenticeships. Health, joy, meaning, and support are everyone's birthright.

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