Roses can cool heat, reducing pain and inflammation. They are anti-viral and high in Vitamin C, helping to build the immune system. They support the circulatory system, toning blood vessels and reducing high blood pressure. They are a nervine, helping to calm the nervous system and soothe the emotional heart space (feelings of anxiety, depression, broken-heartedness, loss, grief, trauma, etc.). They remind us that it is safe to be vulnerable but essential to have boundaries, to both keep an open heart and feel what comes up, and also protect our hearts from that which doesn’t serve our highest good or align with our best self.
Identifying Multiflora Rose:
Grows along edges of yards, woods, roadsides, disturbed soils, forms a shrub/thicket, bloom early-mid June, thorns on stems, 5 heart-shaped petals, compound leaves, 5-9 oval shaped and toothed leaflets, many yellow stamens, stipule at base of stems and very fragrant.
What You’ll Need:
- Sterilized glass jar with lid
- Multiflora Rose clusters (stems and a few leaves are fine to include with the whole blooms) (Dogwood rose, beach rose, garden-grown roses work just as well!)
- Brandy 80+ proof
- Raw honey
1. Find a thicket of wild roses in the late morning of a sunny day, after the dew has dried (only harvest from places that have not been sprayed or exposed to chemicals – no roadsides! Also make sure you identify the plant correctly. Do not use store-bought roses). Introduce yourself to the roses. Become friends. Ask their permission to harvest them and tell them what you will be using them for. If the roses say yes, leave them an offering of gratitude. You can sing to them, give them some water, say something nice to them, etc.
2. Begin your harvest. Mindfully, clip flower clusters from different areas of the rosebush (you should be able to look back at it and not be able to tell that anyone was there). Once you have enough to fill a jar ¾ full (choose your own size).
3. Fill your jar with roses until it’s ¾ of the way full. Pour the brandy into the jar until it’s 2/3 full (use more or less brandy depending on your tastes).
4. Fill the remaining space in the jar with honey.
5. Cover the jar with the lid and shake it well. If using a metal lid, put a piece of parchment paper between the contents of the jar and the lid to prevent rusting. Label your jar with what you made, the ingredients, the date, where you harvested from, etc. Place it in a dark, warm place such as the top of your fridge. Shake once a day or every couple of days to support the infusion process. Let it sit for 6-8 weeks. If placing in a dark, cool place (such as a cabinet), let it sit for 12-14 weeks.
6. After your elixir has sat and infused for the allotted period of time, strain it using a cheesecloth or cotton fabric, making sure to squeeze all of the liquid out into a glass container. Compost the flowers and save the liquid.
7. Store your elixir in a glass jar in a cool, dark place to increase shelf life. To use, take ½-1 teaspoon 3x a day or take drop doses as needed to support your heart space.
This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Women who are pregnant should not use this due to its blood-moving actions.