Herbal elixirs are fabulous things to keep around the house. Not only are they great for first aid and sore throats, but they’re tasty and can be made into some fabulous cocktails and delicious food. I even pour some over my favorite desserts. Since tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, I figured that I would introduce herbal elixirs with one of my favorites, Rose Elixir.
Rose elixir is one of my most indispensable items in my home first aid kit. Not only is it great for burns, poison ivy, bug bites/stings, rashes, sore muscles, and minor wounds. It’s also great for sore throats, menstrual cramps, panic attacks, shock, and helps to calm people down after trauma. Combining this with Rescue Remedy is a very effective way to help people stay calm in traumatic situations.
A quick word about the 3 basic ingredients:
Rose is a great herbal ally to keep in mind. Its astringent (which makes it great to use in beauty products), anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and cooling. Rose helps to elevate the mood and move the blood. It is a fairly well-known aphrodisiac that also helps to calm and soothe the nerves. Just remember that when you use roses, you want to make sure they haven’t been sprayed with herbicide or insecticide.
Honey is one of the best first aid remedies around. It’s antifungal, antibiotic, antimicrobial, helps initiate the healing process in skin, speeds up the healing process, nourishes skin, and is full of vitamins and minerals. Honey can improve athletic performance and makes a great sugar substitute. Honey is also a great, natural preservative.
Vodka/Brandy is used to help extract the beneficial constituents (natural chemicals) from the rose petals, but it also acts as a preservative. When shopping for alcohol for elixirs, you want something that is a minimum of 80 proof. Any drinkable alcohol can be used, vodka and brandy are my usual choices, but sometimes I switch it up and use gin (for that refreshing juniper flavor), tequila, or rum. Whatever you feel is good for you.
1 pint Mason Jar
Fill the Mason jar with rose petals, leaving ½ inch at the top. Fill 2/3 of the way with alcohol of choice. Fill last 1/3 with honey, leaving a little space at the top. Cover the jar with plastic wrap before sealing it with the lid. Roses have a tendency to eat through metal, the plastic wrap will protect your seal. Allow your elixir to sit in a cool, dark place for 3-6 weeks. Shake daily. After the time is up, strain the elixir through a sieve/coffee filter. Enjoy!
Vanilla Rose Martini
3 oz Vanilla Vodka
1 oz Rose Elixir
Rose Petal garnish
Combine the Vodka and the Elixir in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with a rose petal.
Honey Rose Lemonade
1 cup Honey
1/2 cup Rose Water
1/2 cup Rose Elixir
1 cup Lemon Juice
2-3 cups Sparkling Water
Combine honey, elixir and rose water in a pot. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and stir until completely dissolved. Allow mixture to cool. Add in lemon juice and dilute with sparkling water. If you want it sweeter, add more honey dissolved in warm water.
Like all of my recipes, these can be modified to suit your needs or taste buds. You can use whatever herbs you want. Some good ones to try when you feel adventurous include hibiscus, elderberry, lemon balm, rosemary, violet, or lavender. Get creative! Have fun! And let me know what you think in the comments below!
Bach Flower Remedies: Rescue Remedy Information: http://www.bachflower.com/rescue-remedy-information/
Healthy Green Kitchen: Rose Petal Elixir: http://www.healthygreenkitchen.com/kivas-rose-petal-elixir.html
Herbs of Grace: A Rose is a Rose: http://www.herbsofgrace.com/Homeopathy/tag/rose-elixir/
Medicine Woman’s Roots: Wild Rose Elixir: http://bearmedicineherbals.com/wild-rose-elixir-a-favorite-first-aid-remedy.html
Organic Facts: Health Benefits of Honey: https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/health-benefits-of-honey.html
Steth News: The Many Benefits of Rose Elixir: http://www.stethnews.com/1408/the-many-benefits-of-rose-elixir-how-to-make-your-own/