I love making herbal honeys. They're easy, safe, effective, insanely delicious, and are the kind of medicine that can be made with a tiny carbon footprint since local raw honey is quite abundant here in our region! One of my favorite herbal honeys to make is with Wild Rose (Rosa multiflora), which can currently be found growing here in the Valley and hilltowns alike with exuberant and wild abundance! If you're not familiar with this incredible bioregionally abundant medicinal, you can read all about identification, harvest, and complete materia medica of its medicinal voices in my Wild Rose Medicine post here, but today I'm going to focus on her medicine for the spiritual and emotional heart. heart.
Rose is always talked about as heart medicine, but how does she effect our emotional heart exactly? When it comes to grief Rose helps us find our way to acceptance- a long and winding road though that may be. She eases difficult transitions and helps us feel into the vulnerable, tender, scared, and wounded parts that need to be processed in order to reach that place of acceptance (or next step in our healing journey), while providing a safe, protected container in which to do so (this is where those thorns come in). This is also applicable to trauma, and Rose is an ally for releasing trauma- particularly when our anxiety is up- again by helping us relax into those scary place (it’s a heart-opener) while providing a safe and protected place in which to do so (it’s also a heart-protector) so we can let that trauma go in a space of self-love and safety, or even just be soothed if that's the medicine we need in the moment. Spirit doses (aka drop doses, usually 1-3 drops as needed) of the flower essence are one of my favorite way to work with Wild Rose in this way, and also as a honey and an elixir (which also contains honey). Honey is heart medicine already- sweet and calming- and the addition of Rose makes perfect sense and tastes divine...recipe below 💕 .
WILD ROSE HONEY
Wild Rose blossoms and buds
Fill a glass jar with Wild Rose flowers and buds, gently packing down. Next pour raw honey over it, stirring until all the plant material is thoroughly coated with the honey. It's ok if some of sticking-out on top as long as the plant material is completely coated in the honey. Make sure the jar is free of excess moisture and the roses are free of dew and any surface water from rain, as this will promote mold. Let it sit at least 2 weeks, stirring now and then, and then it’s ready. I prefer not to strain my honeys because I find the honey does an amazing job of preserving the plant material and I think you lose a lot of medicine from straining. To use I like to eat a spoonful as needed or pour boiling water over a spoonful for the perfectly-sweetened cup of tea with Rose petals floating it in! ✨ 💕✨💕✨
If you're interested in learning more about medicine-making and locally abundant herbs, the summer session of my bioregional herbalism series, From the Roots Up, is currently open for registrations! Class meets 1 sunday/month in July and August on local farms here in the valley. Class starts July 15th.