Roses have captured the imagination as a symbol of romance and beauty. Yet, the Queen of Flowers possesses medicinal qualities that are often overshadowed by rose’s association with love. Its time to embrace all the Queen’s healing attributes.
According to Mrs. Grieve’s A Modern Herbal, red roses, the darker and more fragrant the better, have been favored in medicinal herbal preparations. However, I have made infused honey with white petals of Rosa rugosa, which yielded a rose-infused honey that was a highly potent anti-anxiety remedy.
Here are ten medicinal ways to use roses to increase your Herbal First Aid readiness:
Use rose topically or internally to calm inflammation. Use in lotions and liniments topically on inflamed muscles, joints. Apply a few drops of rose tincture and at the site of infections. Internally, taking a tincture or elixir can relieve inflammation on a body-wide scale.
- Cardiac tonic
Hawthorn, which is known for its heart health benefits, is a relative of Rose. As such, they possess some of the same heart-protective properties, often attributed to the high level of bioflavonoids in both rose hips and hawthorn berries.
Rose has a cooling effect on the body, making it great for any irritation that involves heat and redness- think rashes, itching, sunburns, bug bites, etc.
Great for sore throats, burns, and general pain, rose-infused honey, rose glycerite, rose tincture, and rose salve, can provide effective pain relief.
While some herbs stimulate liver function, rose has a different action upon the liver. Rose relaxes and soothes the liver, rather than stimulating it. This is very useful when faced with hepatitis.
Rose is known for it’s ability to encourage a blissful state of mind and a sense of peace. Rose-infused honey, rose elixir,and rose tincture can all be used after a traumatic event to help re-center a person and cope with what has happened.
Rose can be included into topical applications, such as lotions and creams which absorb into the skin, to relieve muscle spasms. Try rose tincture to calm intestinal spasms and rose elixir or syrup to calm bronchial spasms.
For sciatica or a pinched nerve anywhere along the spine, apply a rose petal poultice at the site of injury (and at pain if different).
Apply rose tincture or rose elixir to a cut or wound to stop bleeding.
Rose hips are loaded with Vitamin C, but also in Vitamins A and E, B-Complex vitamins, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Most of the nutrition is in the skin of the hip, which can be made into tea, jam, and syrups.
Both fresh and dried rose buds and petals may be used in preparations. For tinctures, use a 1:2 ratio of rose to menstruum for fresh and a 1:5 ratio for dried. One added benefit to preppers and the security-minded is that roses make a beautiful and thorny hedgerow, making your home and property less desirable to intruders.
Enjoy rose for her beauty, her medicine, and her thorny protection!
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