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!)
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.
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!
Do you love roses? If so, be sure to check out my ebook: Things to do with Roses!
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