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June 4, 2012

Roses for you

I have finished pressing the herbal tinctures that I’d made on the supermoon. I am pressing them a month later on the lunar eclipse in the middle of the transit of Venus. These celestial blessed herbal tinctures are so healing, nutritious, and delicious I could not have planned it better!

These mini-roses bloomed today in the front yard and it reminded me of Venus and the sun together as one. The masculine Sun and Venus the feminine, a balancing act of cosmic love artistry.

In honour of the return of the divine feminine Venus, named after the goddess of love and beauty, I am making a rose petal tincture and essence.

What better symbol for love is there on earth than Rose~ Queen of the flowers! The roses in these pictures are from my garden, and some are from Florida Botanical Gardens when I went there in 2008.

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Common Name  Rose hips/ flowers
Latin Name  Rosa spp.
Family Rosaceae
Parts Used Perennial- Collect flower petals during growing season. Roses lay dormant in colder climates. Collect rosehips in the Fall. Essential oil made from flowers. 
Target Organs Digestion, Central Nervous System, Nerves, Skin
Common Uses Aphrodisiac, perfume, debility, exhaustion, nutritive, inflammation, skincare,

Rosehips, rosewater, are used in cooking and beverages

Properties Aphrodisiac, antidepressant, antiseptic, euphoric, antispasmodic, nutritive, astringent, mild laxative, vulnerary, diuretic, anti-inflammatory,
Constituents Essential oil : Esters: geranyl acetate, citronellyl acetate, neryl acetate, 

Sesquiterpene alcohol: farnesol, 

Aldehydes: benzaldehyde

Monoterpene alcohols: Citronellol 15-20%, geraniol 10%, linalool, nerol 15%, cedrol, linlool


Monoterpenes: a+b pinene, limonene, camphene, b-caryophyllene, citronellal, p-cymene


Damask rose: a-damascenone, B-damascenone, B-damscone, B-ionone, rose oxide


Other: vitamin C, tannin, pectin, carotene, fruit acids

Cautions Do not use during pregnancy. Thorny plant, caution while harvesting.
Dosage Tincture: 1-4ml Tea: 1-2 tsp


April 18, 2012

What’s blooming in the Garden?

 I can see why gardening is the number one hobby, it provides so many benefits. It is more than a hobby to me, it provides food and medicine for the mind, body, and spirit. Gardening is my connection to nature where I can recharge and rejuvenate.

Come and let’s take a walk, rejuvenate and see what else is blooming this time of year…

Forsythia is blooming and that means it is time to seed the grass. Forsythia is grown as a shrub or hedge border. It flowers first and then the green leaves grow in as a cover.

Periwinkle Vinca minor blooms early and looks good all year. It is a low growing ground cover that looks good spreading under trees or shrubs.


Glory-of-the snow are spring bulbs that put on a show of blue to white colours.


Violets are one my favourite spring flowers because the leaves and flowers are so sweet and edible.


Who can forget forget-me-nots? Their sticky buds cling to you when they turn to seed and they spread so quickly and easily they certainly do not let you forget them. They grow in cheerful clusters of white, blue and pink colours.

Thanks for stopping by the garden!

Come back soon and see what is in flower next…I have a feeling the tulips are about to bloom next 🙂

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