It has been one of those weeks where I am at a loss of words to begin expressing. A couple of weeks ago I started obsessing over the idea of lemon lavender shortbread cookies and earl grey tea. I started craving these things before I even knew that comfort was going to be needed for myself and others in my life.
While sipping tea that evening and munching on my first batch of lemon spice cookies, I had sketched out several shortbread flavor variations. Each of the ingredients is based on the therapeutic qualities they possess.
- Lemon – helps to see the sunny side of life
- Lavender – relaxes; reducing stress and tension
- Vanilla – lifts spirits and comforts
- Rose – calming; lowers anxiety and reduces anger
- Bergamot – stimulates and an antidote for depression by creating joy, freshness and energy
Watch upcoming posts for flavor variations of “therapy” shortbread cookies. To prepare to follow my recipe therapy in your own kitchen I will leave you with the method I used to make rose water.
Initially, I made a bottle of rose water to include in upcoming culinary endeavors. Since making it, I’ve discovered a number of other uses; subtle fragrance, scent for linens, makeup remover, bath water additive, aftershave, skin toner and hair treatments
A simple process for making rosewater at home.
1 minPrep Time
29 minCook Time
30 minTotal Time
- 1/2 cup Rose petals, dried organic
- 1 cup Water, filter
- Boil the water.
- Pour boiling water over the rose petals.
- Allow the tisane to steep until cool. Pour into a jar for storage while straining out the petals.
- The rose water will keep best in a clean jar kept in the refrigerator for up to a month.