I have always been interested in the healing properties of common everyday plants from the garden and countryside. Over the years I have collected recipes and remedies from friends all over the world, and from reading as much as I can on the subject.
Unfortunately, the highly bred H.T roses in your garden probably aren't the best varies to use in natural home remedies or recipes. Their thick leathery petals (which often means little or no scent) just don't break down well enough to release the frangance and compounds, the hips often have only a very thin layer of the fleshy goodness inside them, and the leaves are frequently thick, glossy and pricky underneath.
So while they look beautiful in your garden, they have not been bred with natural medicine in mind.
The very best ones to use, are wild species roses, found growing in the countryside. Rugosas, Dog Rose and so on. The older style Damask, Alba and Gallicas are also suitable. If you wanted to keep a section of the garden set aside specifically for growing medicinal roses, I highly recommend the Rugosa. These will grow readily from seed or cuttings, and the leaves, hips and petals are all top quality when it comes to use in the kitchen.
Do not use roses that have been sprayed with any chemicals. The standard sprays that you use for your roses are toxic. This alone is one good reason to set aside a few roses that are for medicinal purposes only. The rugosa deals well with almost any climate, and seems to thrive on neglect. A perfect candidate for the kitchen or medicine cabinet!
Choose Pink to Red Colors. These seem to give the best results, especially where the petals are concerned. Again, this suggests that wild varieties are going to work well. One other advantage to the older species roses, is their petals are thin, in comparison to a H.T rose. This means it is much easier for them to release scent and goodness when being cooked.
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This year, I am exploring the art of tinctures and extracts... a whole new world of natural medicine for me. As I suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis, my hope is that rosehip tinctures will perhaps help with some of the syptoms. If there is any way that I can decrease my reliance on the toxic medications that I have to take daily, then I'm all for it!
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