Herbal Healing

This blog is dedicated to herbal healing and other natural health remedies. In an attempt to deepen my own knowledge, I will share information on a variety of herbs, focusing largely on easy to find Western plants, as well as methods for preparing herbal medicines and natural beauty treatments. I am not a certified herbalist, licensed cosmetologist, or physician, so please use the information on this blog at your own risk! I've been an aspiring herbalist for several years, and I hope to finally get my certification sometime this year.

Wild Rose (Rosa spp.)
Parts used: All parts
Benefits and uses: Roses hold a certain mystical history. Their exotic beauty and alluring smell combined with the prickly thorns have enthralled humans for thousand of years. Roses have been found entombed with the ancient Egyptian pharaohs, and were highly prized by the Greeks and Romans. Josephine, Napoleon’s wife, adored them and is responsible for many of the hybrids we have today.  In modern times most roses are grown primarily for their beauty, but historically roses have been an important food source as well as important medicine.
All species of roses can be used although I prefer the wild roses that grow abundantly in my area in place of domesticated varieties. Whichever rose you use, as always, be sure it hasn’t been sprayed with chemicals. You can use all parts of the rose including the petals, hips, inner bark, leaves, and thorns.  A nice way to use all of the fresh parts is to infuse them in vodka or brandy and use it as a liniment for pain. 
Like many plants, roses can affect our mental as well as our physical well-being. Herbalists use rose extensively for grief and a broken heart. Its antioxidant properties make it an important ally for heart health.  All parts of the rose are cooling and astringent and are great medicine for warm conditions that need tone such as bladder infections, diarrhea, and rashes. You can use rose as a tincture, tea, decoction, and even as food. The petals and rose hips infused in honey are absolutely delicious. Rose hips can also be used in a variety of ways including beverages, preserves, jams, on cereals, in breads, in butter, soups, etc.

Wild Rose (Rosa spp.)

Parts used: All parts

Benefits and uses: Roses hold a certain mystical history. Their exotic beauty and alluring smell combined with the prickly thorns have enthralled humans for thousand of years. Roses have been found entombed with the ancient Egyptian pharaohs, and were highly prized by the Greeks and Romans. Josephine, Napoleon’s wife, adored them and is responsible for many of the hybrids we have today.  In modern times most roses are grown primarily for their beauty, but historically roses have been an important food source as well as important medicine.

All species of roses can be used although I prefer the wild roses that grow abundantly in my area in place of domesticated varieties. Whichever rose you use, as always, be sure it hasn’t been sprayed with chemicals. You can use all parts of the rose including the petals, hips, inner bark, leaves, and thorns.  A nice way to use all of the fresh parts is to infuse them in vodka or brandy and use it as a liniment for pain. 

Like many plants, roses can affect our mental as well as our physical well-being. Herbalists use rose extensively for grief and a broken heart. Its antioxidant properties make it an important ally for heart health.  All parts of the rose are cooling and astringent and are great medicine for warm conditions that need tone such as bladder infections, diarrhea, and rashes. You can use rose as a tincture, tea, decoction, and even as food. The petals and rose hips infused in honey are absolutely delicious. Rose hips can also be used in a variety of ways including beverages, preserves, jams, on cereals, in breads, in butter, soups, etc.

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