I’ve discussed various ways of preserving and using roses, but for my final post on the topic this season, I want to highlight how to capture the physical and emotional benefits of the rose using the easy-to-take, alcohol-free medium of vegetable glycerine.
Rose Glycerite acts as a mild nervine, calming anxiety and jitteryness. Many people find it an uplifting and gentle anti-depressant.
It’s also anti-spasmodic so is a useful treatment for stomach or pre-menstrual cramps.
Because of their antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, cooling and calming properties, roses, and therefore rose glycerite, can be quite helpful for feverish, flushed and upset children (and adults!)
Rose glycerite can also be added to homemade lotions and creams, toners, and aftershaves.
Glycerine is a very sweet, colorless and odorless liquid that is useful for those who want the benefit of an herbal remedy without the alcohol. I buy vegetable glycerine from Mountain Rose Herbs.
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To make your own Rose Glycerite, you will need:
- Fresh Rose Petals
Using roughly double the amount of glycerine than fresh flower petals, blend the two in a mini-food processor until thoroughly macerated. Pour into a jar, cap and store in a dark cabinet, shaking daily. After two weeks, remove and strain your glycerite through a fine mesh sieve and/or several layers of cheesecloth.
You will be left with a lightly tinted, rose scented and flavored glycerite that should last around a year. You can dose a few drops directly under the tongue or dilute in glass of water or tea as needed.
Just a heads up: this is very sweet! A little bit, goes a long way!