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Welcome to The Herbal Farm website. We hope to help you benefit from the wonderful healing properties of plants as well as guide you to using them safely and effectively. Herbal medicine is one of the most time-tested human traditions on the face of the Earth.

Herbal medicine has benefited millions of people for thousands of years.

Health is a gift that makes life worthwhile. Herbs can certainly help us along that path, but they should not be relied upon simply as a band-aid to fix a health problem. We encourage you to look deeply at the causes of illness and seek to live a healthier lifestyle whenever possible. This includes having healthy relationships, eating a wholesome diet, and exercising. We must also avoid the things that damage health, such as stress, smoking, exposure to pollutants, and an unhealthy lifestyle.

Provided in this website is information on how to use herbs, as well as herbal blends. Each herbal description includes contraindictions, such as dangerous side effects, to which you should pay careful attention. Many of the contraindications only occur in extremely large doses and would never be a problem with normal use. However, there are some plants that should best be used with professional counsel, and many should be avoided during pregnancy. In listing contraindications. Remember – just because something is from a plant does not mean it is appropriate for everyone to use at all times.

In Chinese medicine, different foods have different characteristics, described as energetics. We must admit that not everyone agrees on whether an herb is cool, cold or warm. As American herbalism evolves the use of energetics will become a more genuine and accurate part of our own healing tradition, with more agreement between herbal practitioners.

Even though some of the constituents of the plants are listed, herbalists usually prefer to use plants in a more whole form. We firmly believe that using the entire herb, with all of its components, is more effective and often safer than using any one component.

ROSE


Latin Name: Rosa canina

Alternate Names: Queen Of Flowers

Family: ROSACEAE

Parts Used: Flowers, hips.

Properties: Antibacterial, Antidepressant, Anti-inflammatory, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Antiviral, Aphrodisiac, Aromatic, Astringent, Blood Tonic, Carminative, Diuretic, Expectorant, Kidney Tonic, Laxative, Nutritive, Sedative, Tonic.

Internal Uses: Amenorrhea, Anger, Anxiety, Catarrh, Colic, Depression, Diarrhea, Dysmenorrhea, Exhaustion, Frequent Urination, High Cholesterol, Tonsillitis, Vertigo
Internal Applications: Tea, Tincture, Capsules, Syrup.
Do not boil the tea. The flower and hips have different properties. Flower -- antibacterial, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, aromatic, astringent, blood tonic, carminative, expectorant, kidney tonic, and sedative. Hips -- astringent, blood tonic, diuretic (mild) kidney tonic, laxative, nutritive, tonic.
Only the flowers are used for irregular menses, and only the hips are used for diarrhea, exhaustion, and frequent urination.

Topical Uses: Bruises, Conjunctivitis, Eye Soreness, Muscle Strain, Skin Dryness, Sprains

Topical Applications: Use in cosmetics for dry, wrinkled skin to soften and smooth the skin. Use as a bath herb. Rose petals are used in facial steams for dry skin. Rosewater is wonderful for dry skin, bruises, sprains, pulled muscles and compresses for sore eyes and conjunctivitis. Used in potpourri and sachets for the aroma and color. Essential oil is used as perfume.

Culinary uses: Fruits can be eaten plain or made into candy. Used to make jams, pies, breads, muffins, sauces and soup. Make pickled rose buds. Rose petal can be eaten plain once the bitter, whitish heel has been removed. Use as a garnish in candy and use for celebration cakes. Mix chopped roses into softened butter. Rose jam, rose ice cream, rose vinegar. Sprinkle a few rose petals into a fruit or vegetable salad. Mix rose petal with cream cheese for dainty sandwiches. Rose wine is popular in the Mideast. There are rose flavored candies such as Turkish delight. Rose water is wonderful added to yogurt dishes, lemonade and Indian desserts.

Energetics: Sweet, Bitter, Cool, Sour, Neutral.

Chemical Constituents: Flowers contain essential oil (eugenol, geranic acid, citronellol, geraniol, nerol), terpenes. The fruit contains vitamin C, beta carotene, thiamine, riboflavin, vitamins E and K, polyphenols, tannin, pectin, vanillin.

Contraindications: As with all herbs, avoid using those that have been sprayed with toxic chemicals. Remove the irritating hairs from the rose hips before eating them. Pure rose oil is very expensive. Beware of synthetics and adulterated oils which will not have the therapeutic benefits.

Comments: The flowers are sweet, bitter and cool. Red roses are more warming than white ones. The rose hip is sour and neutral.
Roses have been cultivated for over 3,000 years. They are a universal symbol of beauty and love. White roses symbolize more innocent love while Red Roses symbolize passionate love. Pink is for simple and happy love. Yellow Roses symbolize friendship, jealousy and ambition. The word Rose is derived from the Greek rodon, meaning 'red'. Dog rose is so named as it was once a remedy to treat dog bite and rabies. During World War II, English people used Rose Hips as an important vitamin C syrup. The term sub rosa, 'under roses' is an indication of secrecy from days when a rose would be hung over a banquet table so that all that was spoken underneath would be held in confidence.
The common name Rose contains many species, including Rosa canina (Dog Rose), Rosa centifolia (Cabbage Rose), Rosa damascena (Damask Rose), Rosa eglanteria (Sweet Briar), Rosa gallica (Red Rose), Rosa rubirinova (Rose Mosqueta), and Rosa rugosa (Japanese Rose), which are used interchangeably.

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