This recipe by Dragana Vilinac, chief herbalist at Neal’s Yard Remedies, makes use of beautiful summer roses to give you a lift any time of the year and has many uses both internally and externally.
100 g (3 oz) rose petals (dark, perfumed rose such as and preferably organic)
500 ml (16 oz) organic cider vinegar
- Macerate rose petals in vinegar for at least 5 days before straining and bottling.
- The vinegar will keep at room temperature for up to 6 months.
- Therapeutically it is used as restorative for the nervous system. It is uplifting and can calm the nerves, lift depression, and dispel mental and physical fatigue.
For internal use
When diluted it makes refreshing drink and its benefits include:
Arresting bleeding, discharge, phlegm
Relief for period pains and PMS
Clear toxins and heat from the body – good for adrenaline surges (rushes), hot flushes and inflammation
For external use
This vinegar can be uses as a skin rinse, toner, mouth wash, douche, bath vinegar and is good for:
Toning and energising for dry and normal skin
Reducing red thread veins
Clearing skin blemishes and inflammation
It can also be used as:
Mouth wash, for mouth ulcers, bleeding gums
Gargle for sore throat
Douche for vaginal discharge
Bath vinegar – to enhance sensuality