Rosa damascena, Rosa canina, Rosa centifolia, Rosa spp
Rose, damask rose, dog rose.
Incredibly well-known thorny shrub, cultivated throughout the world.
The dried petals.
Rose petals make a tasty, calming tea either on its own or combined with a squeeze of lemon, elderflowers or other gentle flavours.
Use 1 teaspoon of dried herb to one cup of boiling water to make a tasty tea. Infuse for 5-10 minutes. Sweeten with honey or lemon to taste.
Alternatively add a teaspoon (5 ml) of tincture to a cup of warm water for a quick alternative to tea.
The herb can be added as a flavouring to gin, vodka and other infusions.
When used as a medicine, rose is calming, mildly sedative and stress reducing.
Aids digestion, tones the gut, acts as a gentle laxative.
Key actions: Carminative, diuretic, astringent, tonic, laxative, antirheumatic
In clinic: Herbalists often prescribe rose in medicines for irregular or heavy periods, ovarian and fertility problems.
If you are interested in the medicinal use of this herb please consult a herbalist. Herbs are generally used at medicinal strength, in blends, prescribed for each unique patient's condition.
Infusion: 1 teaspoon of herb to a cup of cold water. Pour boiling water over the herb and leave to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes. Flavour with lemon, ginger or honey if desired. Drink 3 times a day unless otherwise told by a medical herbalist.
Tincture: Take 5 ml (1:3 in 45% tincture), 3 times a day or as directed by a practitioner.
Roses have a long traditional use in cosmetics that stretches back for thousands of years. Suitable for use in a pampering bath or as a facial steam.
This herb is considered safe in food amounts. Do not take if you are allergic to this plant or other members of this plant's family (Rosaceae). Not all herbs are suitable in pregnancy, breastfeeding or for young children. If in doubt, please ask us or your medical herbalist.
Plant extracts cause few side effects when taken correctly but if a side effect is experienced please contact us.
Interactions with drugs
Herbal remedies and supplements can interact with medicines. If you are taking medication please check with your medical practitioner, or call us, before taking herbs, supplements and medication together.
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