Grateful this summer a dear friend gave me the best gift ever…garden space! Living in an apartment I don’t have much room to garden and what I do have is pretty shaded from the large lovely Pines we have growing here. It fills me with joy to have the opportunity to develop my gardening skills, and to deepen my relationships with these sacred plants. I love spending time with them, giving them offerings, and talking to them, and it makes me so happy to please the bees, though I think I annoy them by trying to take their pictures, I back off when they tell me to!In this post, I thought I’d share some pictures of my babies, like any proud mama!Pictured are St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum), Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), Lemon balm (Melissa Officinalis), Nettles (Urtica dioica), Greek mullein (Verbascum olympicum), Tulsi kapoor (Ocimum tenuiflorum), Calendula (Calendula officinalis), Valerian (Valeriana officinalis), Motherwort (Leonurus cardiac), and a row of kale and a row of pot marigold for pest repellent.
Last month I had the opportunity to go wildcrafting with my teacher and friend, Jessica from Blackbird’s Daughter Botanicals. We headed to the ocean to gather wild roses (Rosa rugosa). I was really excited because I felt Rose had been gently calling for me to work with her.
Immediately I felt rose was teaching me boundaries. A needed lesson in my life. We had to drive to a few different locations to find any worth picking, it was raining down on us and when we finally found some, we had to harvest gently with awareness of the prickles. We had to work for her medicine, she wasn’t going to just give it away. I took this lesson into my heart.
We had a wonderful adventure and geeked out on the Botany of each plant, even the ones we found in the parking lot, and there were many!
While we were filming dog roses, I noticed a big pile of poo, stepping around it to film my teacher. I don’t know how I forgot it was there, but when I stepped back, I stepped in it! The runniest, ickiest pile of poo squished under my sandal.
Disgusted but laughing at my own dismay, I blurted out, “Sometimes you have to have a little sh*t with your roses!” I felt my mama speaking through me and I could feel her presence with us. She always added humor and optimism to any ‘crappy’ situation.
We ran to the ocean shore to wash my sandal and my foot, and as we approached we saw a bunch of little baby ducks! We would not have witnessed them if I hadn’t stepped in it. We then giggled and indulged ourselves with foot scrubs.
According to Bach’s Wild Rose Flower essence, wild rose encourages the positive potential for enthusiasm and a lively interest in life. Reigniting our passion for life, and enthusiasm for the world in general, work, and those we care about.
I definitely felt this, despite the rain and the poo, it was a magical day. After we parted, I visited a few sacred spots of mine and gathered some petals that are now infusing in oil for my Ageless cream!
There are over 10,000 species of Roses and they have a long history of healing, used to treat cold, flu, depression, grief, the immune system, digestive system, and used in skincare to name a few!
Thank you Rose for your beauty and magic, for more on Wild Rose medicine, see my Wild Rose Monograph post!!💚🌹
Common Name(s): Rose, Wild Rose, Prickly wild rose, Arctic rose, Cabbage rose, Climbing prairie rose, Prairie rose, Dog rose, Dogwood rose, Japanese rose, Baby rose, Many flowered rose, Seven-sisters rose, Nutka rose, Swamp rose, Woods rose, French Rose
Latin Name(s): Rosa spp. (including R. rugosa, R. centifolia, R. setigera, R. canina, R. multiflora, R. nutkana, R. palustris,, R. woodsii, R. gallica, (and many more, over 10,000 species)
Family: Rosaceae (Rose)
Subfamilies: Rosoideae, Dryadoideae, Amygdaloideae,
Part(s) Used: Fruit(hips), Leaves, Flower petals
Actions: Analgesic, antioxidant, astringent, demulcent, inflammatory modulator, nutritive, cooling, moistening, emotional&physical heart medicine, aromatic nervine, antispasmodic, immune system and connective tissue tonic (hips), antiedemic (hips)
Constituents: Tannins (gallic acid) , pectins, bioflavonoids, Vitamin C- Carotenoids, lycopene, B3, E, K (hips), cyanin (seeds) phytonutrients, phytochemicals, calcium, magnesium, potassium, beta-carotene, quercetin, tocopherols, polysaccharides, Omega 3’s (seeds) volatile oils such as, damascenone, pinenes, nerol, linalool, limonene geraniol,
Indications: colds&flu, inflammation, pain, wounds, eye wash, upper respiratory (tea), anxiety&depression, grief&loss, sexual health&self love, diabetes or metabolic syndrome, lyme disease (connective tissue tonic), immune deficiency, inflamed gut, diarrhea, mild bleeding, reproductive organs, skin care/cosmetic-(rosehip seed oil, rose toners, anti-aging)
Preparation & Dosage: Food, grinding whole dried fruits to include seeds as a form of nutrition (although some people complain of the hairs being irritating), petals in cakes and confections, rose flavored soda, (pop a whole rose blossom in a clear glass container, cover it with plain seltzer and steep 1 hr.), rose hip jam/jelly, honey, syrup, glycerite, tea, infusion, tincture, vinegar, elixer, infused oil , infused in spirits, hydrosol, essential oil, smoke blends
Dosages; Tea, 1tsp dried, or 1 large handful of fresh per 8 oz. water, 1-3xday, Tincture, 1ml/30 drops, 1-3xday or as needed, preferably diluted in water or other drink, up to 4 ml, Vinegar same as tincture or up to 1tsp, 1-3xday, Syrup, elixir, oxymel, or honey, ½ tsp-1tb, 1-3xday, Cordial, 1 oz. daily, Flower Essence 1-5 drops, 1-3x day on tongue, in water, as air mist or rubbed into skin.
Description: Patterns of Rose family; 5 separate petals, 5 separate sepals, numerous stamens, numerous styles, oval serrated leaves, alternate. Leaves vary from simple to trifoliate, palmate or pinnate. The whole leaves or smaller leaflets are frequently more or less oval shaped with serrated edges. Roses have compound leaves with an odd number of leaflets that grow alternately on the stems also called canes. Technically, roses don’t have thorns, they have prickles. Flowers grow in varying shades of white, pink, scarlet and yellow. They typically have 5 (rarely 3-10) separate sepals and a similar number of petals. A distinctive fuzzy center with at least 5 yellow stamens, usually more in multiples of 5. At the base is a star like calyx that sticks around the end of the fruit or rose hip.
Habitat and growing conditions: A deciduous or evergreen woody perennial, reproduces by seed or rhizome. Grows to a thorny shrub 1-15 ft. tall, found on coastal areas, dry slopes, fields, forest understories, hedgerows, lakeshores, marshes, meadows, pastures, riparian areas, roadsides, sand dunes, stream banks, and woodland edges, Roses need full sun to partial shade, and dry to moist soil, well drained, USDA zones 3-9 (depending on variety)
Status: No special status (USDA Forest service)
Cautions and Contraindications: Rose is very safe, especially in standard herbal doses (see above) The quality varies among roses in commerce, so be sure to buy for consumption (food grade) and not for potpourri.
Magickal properties: psychic, spiritual and sexual boundaries, protection, love, connectivity, female intuition, dreams, luck, friendship, love spells, to raise divanatory energies and to strengthen body and mind, Rose hips can be strung as necklace or bracelet to attract love&good fortune
Flower essence Roses heal the heart deeply and to the core. The Divine Feminine, Mother Mary, and Goddess energy are all connected to the rose. As an aphrodisiac, Roses love lovers, and they help us to trust in love again. Red Rose is a flower of passionate love, heart-spirit connection, and intimacy. It also helps with transmuting feelings of betrayal by supporting the back of the heart chakra. Past betrayals can make it hard to open, but Red Rose shows us a path for intimacy with a partner. It helps with self-love, self-respect and even healing tendencies of self-betrayal. White Rose represents the yoni in bloom; the beauty and sacredness of the womb, yoni, and motherhood. It connects us to the inner goddess and helps us see the yoni as a goddess. It is also very clearing and cleansing and speaks of purification. The pink Wild Rose is great for feeling playful, fun and flirtatious.
(From Flower Essences and Sexuality, The Local Rose)
~It was between 1582 and 1612 that the oil or OTTO OF ROSES was discovered.
~A true essential oil of Rose costs hundreds of dollars so know that most rose oils are synthetic, adulterated or extracted with solvents.
~The United States official confection is made by rubbing Red Rose petals, powdered, with heated rose-water, adding gradually fine, white sugar and heating the whole together till thoroughly mixed. The Fluid Extract is made from powdered Red Rose petals with glycerin and dilute alcohol. It is of a deep red color, an agreeable odor of rose and of a pleasant, mildly astringent taste.
~Honey of Roses, official in the US Pharmacopoeia, is prepared from clarified honey and fluid extract of roses. It’s considered more agreeable than ordinary honey and somewhat astringent. In olden das, Honey of Roses was popular for sore throats and mouth ulcers, and was made by pounding fresh petals in a small quantity of boiling water, filtering the mass and boiling the liquid with honey.
~Rose Vinegar, a specific on the Continent for headache caused by hot sun, is prepared by steeping dried rose petals in best distilled vinegar, which should not be boiled. Cloths or linen rags are soaked in the liquid and are then applied to the head.
Pic Credit The Graphics Fairy
Wild Remedies by Rosalee De La Foret &Emily Han
Botany in a Day by Thomas J. Elpel
Northeast Foraging by Leda Meredith
Body into Balance by Maria Noel Groves
American Botanical Council
A Modern Herbal
Hi everyone, thanks for being here. The latest on my business journey (and it’s delay) is learning about the current Good Manufacturing Procedures (cGMPs) Wow! Apparently, making stuff and selling it is more complicated than I remember. When my mama and I had a shop these laws weren’t around.
Don’t get me wrong, I think they are necessary to prevent accidental bacteria and/or harm for the buyer, but the pendulum swings, because now it is nearly impossible to follow every single guideline and be legal.
For example, to sell homemade teas and tinctures, which are considered dietary supplements, an herbalist is supposed to make these from a commercial kitchen. this makes many of us functioning illegally from our home kitchens.
After a recent class on Rules and Regulations I hit a bit of depression, questioning if I should remain on this path. Inner conflict arose, as the herbalist in me wants so badly to help heal and shout these plants from the rooftop, but legally, I am not allowed. I am forbidden to make any type of claims, and can’t even have testimonials on my products!
I am sad I won’t be able to sell my herbal chest rub, because it is considered a Drug and has even more rigid guidelines. I really love this chest rub and it has helped me so much. It feels a bit of a conspiracy to not be able to offer people alternatives in healing, but thanks to Freedom of Speech, I am able to educate with posts and I encourage you to do research on plants and their many gifts.
Meanwhile, to be on the safe side, I will be focusing on my herbal creams and aroma sprays. These CAN be made in my home under the Homemade Cosmetic guidelines. I took down the post on my Nourish cream because I had stated the possible healing benefits. I also am reformulating this recipe to add an all natural preservative, so I can extend it’s shelf life for you without it developing any microbes/bacteria/molds, I will make a new post on this fabulous cream as soon as I have perfected a new formula.
With all of this being said, please see my disclaimer on the bottom of my welcome page and know that I am still dedicated to and holding my path. I look forward to making safe and improved products that I know will serve you well.
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For more info on cGMPs start here:
With Mother’s day just past, I thought it would be a good time to present my mama, Cara, (meaning friend in Irish).
She was the first to introduce me to plants, using chamomile for my diaper rash, parsley packs for injuries, and peppermint to soothe my belly aches.
She loved nature and raised me close to Mother Earth.
She told me stories of my great grandmothers, one part Miqmaq and the other an incredible healer&witch.
When my dear mom passed, she took a piece of my heart and soul.
In exchange a part of her is within me eternally.
She has always been and still is my guide.💚🌹