Herb for June: Rose
There are many different species of rose herb.
Easily recognized because of its thorny stems and stunning flowers, rose leaves fall in winter leaving bare stems and flower in mid-summer. The petals are edible and usually pink to pale red. The hips that follow the flowers of the dog rose (Rosa canina) are harvested in the autumn. Rosehip seed oil is a key ingredient in our cult favorite, Wild Rose Beauty Balm. Rose is classified as a bitter herb, although it taste light, floral and sweet.
Herbs at our Heart
From our humble beginnings in Covent Garden, where we sold loose herbs in upcycled sweet jars, to the beautiful organic gardens at our eco factory in Dorset, herbs remain at the heart of everything we do.
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The damask rose (Rosa damascena) originated in the Middle East and was brought to Europe in the 13th century. The dog rose (used for its rosehips) is native to the UK and can be found wild amongst hedges and field borders. Rose plants love rich soil and sun for at least 5 hours a day!
Did You Know?
We have around 600 damask rose bushes in the herb gardens at our eco factory in Dorset. When they bloom from June onwards, they are handpicked and made into rose tincture on site. It takes 1 kilo of rose petals to make between 250-300ml of tincture.
Favorite Ways to Use
The taste and smell of rose invokes a feeling of summer. It makes a delicious iced tea on a hot summer’s day, cooling the senses and the body. Rosehip seed oil is an excellent source of vitamins and skin-nourishing fatty acids. Both of which are important for keeping skin smooth, soft and supple. This makes it an excellent addition to any skincare product.
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