Roses are such divine food, medicine and perfume, but watch out for those pointy, sharp thorns on the stem. It’s easy to see why it is such a universal symbol of love. 🌹
I collected some wild rose petals from my garden, for a rose petal tincture and essence. Wear gloves and protective clothing to harvest. Wild roses are better than the commercial varieties for medicinal use.
See my blog on how to make your own natural perfume from flowers. http://earthelixir.ca/2012/06/05/making-natural-perfume-from-flower-petals/
Rose petal tincture is used medicinally as a nutritive for debility. Rose has a euphoric, aphrodisiac action that soothes and relaxes the nervous system. It tones digestion, reduces inflammation, and is great to use in skincare products. It is good for all skin types, especially mature skin. It’s easy to add rose water and essential oil to make your own skincare products.
See my blog on using Rose essential oil. http://earthelixir.ca/2012/06/04/rose-essential-oil/
Rose water is what is separated from the essential oil part, and is used in cooking, baking, and for beverages.
Rose hips, collected after the flowers bloom, are delicious, nutritious medicinal food. Rose hip tea beverages and culinary soups have a pink red colour, and pack some good Vitamin C content and phytonutrients.
Here are some beautiful roses for you friends. The roses in these pictures are from my garden, so take some time to smell the roses.🌹
|Common Name||Rose hips/ flowers|
|Latin Name||Rosa spp.|
|Parts Used||Perennial- Collect flower petals during growing season. Roses lay dormant in colder climates. Collect rosehips in the Fall. Essential oil made from flowers.|
|Target Organs||Digestion, Central Nervous System, Nerves, Skin|
|Common Uses||Aphrodisiac, perfume, debility, exhaustion, nutritive, inflammation, skincare, Rosehips, rosewater, are used in cooking and beverages|
|Properties||Aphrodisiac, antidepressant, antiseptic, euphoric, antispasmodic, nutritive, astringent, mild laxative, vulnerary, diuretic, anti-inflammatory,|
|Constituents||Essential oil : Esters: geranyl acetate, citronellyl acetate, neryl acetate,
Sesquiterpene alcohol: farnesol,
Monoterpene alcohols: Citronellol 15-20%, geraniol 10%, linalool, nerol 15%, cedrol, linlool
Other: vitamin C, tannin, pectin, carotene, fruit acids
|Cautions||Do not use during pregnancy. Thorny plant, caution while harvesting.|
|Dosage||Tincture: 1-4ml Tea rose hips, flowers|