Organic Rose Petals

Rose petals

Dried rose petals make a lovely tea. They can also be used in lotions and creams. Some use them for spellwork as well. Herbs & Sympathy sells organic rose petals for 3.00 per ounce

$3.00

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Raspberry leaves and our lovely lady parts

One year I decided to put in a berry patch in the disused run of an old chicken coop. My friend, Cindy, came and helped us to clear the weeds and to lay out concrete blocks for a raised bed look.  We even used old crutches for bracing and training the vines. Along with this amazing plan, I had envisioned composting stalls on the western side of the enclosure. We planted raspberries, blackberries and blueberries.  Then I forgot about them.

Fast forward, two or three years ( I can’t remember how long because I forgot about them!) – maybe even four, my husband comes into the house from mowing and reminds me about the berry patch. He tells me that the vines are full of berries and I should go and pick them. So I did with a machete. Actually, with my husband leading the way with a pair of shears to trim back the jungle, we ventured forth into the area which had been closed off. He was not wrong.  There were berries everywhere. As I picked through I did notice a distinct difference between the wild black raspberries, rubus occidentalis, which grow all over the property and the red ones, Rubus idaeus, left to grow amuck in purposed patch. I also noted that there may have been some intermingling of the two species in this forgotten small ecosystem. Needless to say, the berries were very tasty. However, I am interested in more than just the berries.  I am also interested in harvesting the leaves.

Probably since the first raspberry leaf accidentally dropped into a sun warmed hollowed gourd of water, raspberry leaves have been used to make a refreshing medicinal tea. Women, in particular, have benefitted from drinking the tea, or in more recent times, taking capsules of powdered raspberry leaf. Raspberry leaves have a particular affinity for the uterus and pelvic area, providing toning and relaxation of the muscles. A warm infusion of raspberry leaves will bring balance to our lovely lady parts as well as our hair, teeth and bones. Raspberry leaf is a wonderful energizing overall tonic, rich in nutrients. Tonics in general, are great for long term use, particularly during stressful periods of life and during recovery from illness.

Not only do I suggest eating raspberries during pregnancy or at any time in a woman’s life, I also recommend drinking the tea made from the leaves. Raspberry leaves contain calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc and iron. It will provide pain relief during a woman’s cycle by strengthening the uterus and pelvic muscles and by offering nutrients where there’s a deficiency.  Considered a nervine and an astringent, raspberry leaf will aid in clearing out a congested pelvis as well as relieving postpartum pain and depression. It may help with fibroids. 

This plentiful herb is one of the few considered safe during pregnancy.  Drinking raspberry leaf tea everyday will strengthen the uterus and pelvis, getting it ready for safe Baby Day delivery. Because of its nervine action, raspberry tea will also quell nausea during those first few months. It’s tonic and relaxing actions aid in decreasing pain during delivery while increasing efficiency of contractions, making for faster delivery. After delivery, a warm cup of raspberry leaf tea will hasten recovery and may encourage milk flow. Be careful of drinking raspberry tea in large amounts during those early breastfeeding months as it may slow milk production. But later an extra cup may help with weaning.

Raspberry leaf acts as an astringent in other areas of the body as well. The kidneys and urinary tract benefit as well as the mucus linings throughout the rest of the body. It may help with diarrhea and can stop hemorrhaging.

As an herbalist, I do tend to add raspberry leaves to many female specific formulas. Raspberry leaves pair well with mullein, oat straw, lemon balm, nettle and cranesbill. Here’s a comforting tea recipe for that not so comfortable time of the month:

1 part peppermint leaves, 1 part raspberry leaf, .5 part skullcap leaves, pinch of raw stevia. Place loose tea in an infuser. Pour hot water over leaves. Cover and steep for 8-10 minutes. Enjoy.



Roses are red (pink and white) and healthy for you…..

We see roses as a romantic gesture but they have traditionally been viewed as a symbol of fertility as well. So it’s not surprising that rose leaves, petals and hips have a long history as a tonic for the female productive system. But what might be surprising (to me, anyways) is that these aerial parts of the sweet smelling shrub have been used to increase sexual interest and decrease impotence in men. So, a bouquet of red roses to either sex has important overtures.

Roses have medicinal and nutritive value for us. Containing Vitamins C, B, E & K, tannins, pectin, carotene, fruit acids, fatty oil and nicotinamide, roses offer a cooling affect on the body. An infusion of leaves and petals can bring down a fever while clearing toxins and heat from the body. Rose tea works particularly well when the fever is accompanied by rash and inflammation.

Roses can also act as alterative by changing the course of illness or infection. Roses can enhance immunity and slow down or thwart the course of infection, particularly in the digestive tract. Bolstering the gut bacteria, the constituents in roses will help to balance the microbial flora in the body’s lower intestines. Rose petal tea can relieve cold and flu symptoms like sore throat, runny nose and chest congestion.

Roses also act as a decongestant, astringent and detox agent. These actions work very well together in several parts of the body to clear out inflammation and congestion while improving tissue quality. A tea or syrup made from petals or rose hips can clear out infection in lungs. Taken consistently, the tea or syrup can improve the resiliency of the lungs, especially for those who tend to experience these types of infection. A daily cup or two of lovely rose tea for a child who has frequent chest colds or for an older loved one who battles bronchitis may bring comfort and healing to them. Roses will also help with clearing congestion from the uterus, decreasing pain and heavy periods. A daily infusion may also regulate menses, decrease infertility and enhance the libido as it tones the tissues of the body’s female reproduction system.

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An infusion of rose petals and hips can also help the body with elimination. Encouraging the kidneys to work effectively, a rose infusion will decrease fluid retention in the body and move toxins through the kidneys and out of the body. While the kidneys are doing their job even better, the liver will also improve with a good dose of rose hip or petal tea. Roses have a mild laxative effect. They encourage the liver to prompt the gall bladder to increase bile flow. By doing so, the liver is decongested. A sluggish liver can lead to chronic headaches and constipation.

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Finally, roses can act as a nervine. Think of getting a surprise bouquet of flowers. What is the first thing you do? Smile, right. Endorphins are released as you inhale the heady scent of the blooms. Using rose essential oil while meditating, may begin to soothe emotional trauma or problems surrounding impotency or frigidity. Roses also act upon the central nervous system. Using roses daily as a tea or syrup may lift mood, decrease insomnia and depression, improve fatigue and irritability. A bouquet of freshly snipped roses can be uplifting to those we love and cherish, no matter what age.

So, the next time, you receive a bunch of roses or give some roses, remember the lovely benefits you are receiving or passing along.

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Here’s a rose syrup recipe to try with some of those UNSPRAYED rose petals.

  • 1 cup UNSPRAYED and washed rose petals
  • 2 cups of distilled water
  • 1/2 – 1 cup raw honey

Place roses and water into a saucepan. Simmer covered for 20 minutes, reducing by 1/3-1/2. Let cool. Strain. Add honey once infusion has cooled to a warm temperature. Pour syrup into sterilized bottle. Take 1 tsp. daily.

Organic Dried Rose Petal

Rose petals make a lovely calming tea, are great for syrups, lotion and creams. Also used in spell work. Herbs & Sympathy sells organic dried rose petals for $3.00 an ounce.

$3.00