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Digging in, Sprouting up

Apothecary's Rose
Apothecary’s Rose (Rosa gallica officinalis)

The bulk of our planting is done and everyone is digging in and sprouting up. It looks like a garden out there again!

I’ve started harvesting heirloom roses, but don’t have a plan for them yet. Maybe a glycerite? A perfume? Definitely some infused oil!

Rose petals help smooth and soften dry, wrinkled skin, so I like to use the infused oil in face and eye creams. It also makes a great addition to an all-purpose healing salve for its antiseptic and irritation-soothing properties.

I once made an incredible batch of incense with roses– I think it had myrrh and orange peel in it too. Wonder if I’d ever be able to find that old recipe in my piles of notes….

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