It's fresh rose medicine season! Many species of rose are true wildflowers - they grow with no help from human ally. They all have 5 petals and nearly all of them are pink, doesn't that make your little millennial heart hum? Here we have some native wild roses and some imported wild roses. Both are welcome medicine :) We are all observing Rosa rugosa blooms right now: bright pink to white blooms & they make those showy rose hips later in the season. R. rugosa was originally imported & is a very popular species used for landscaping. Totally edible, so long as it's not sprayed. They are tough, adaptable plants found in suburban yards, urban parks, & parking lots. They have also taken to the wild. They thrive in not so great conditions: they are a great plant for folks who are marginalized & experience much adversity.
Rose medicine is generally needed IMMEDIATELY. Like to sooth a temper, to comfort someone in the wake of some kind of trauma (breaking up, nearly getting run over on your bike, a confrontation at work, worse), to ease a burn. For this reason, it's nice to have edible rose things on hand. Ready to go, as they say.
Not all of us have access to wild rose. Or maybe we do, but we're not certain they're safe to eat. For that reason, I always have dried Rosa centifolia around. So here's how to make a rose compound butter with dried rose petals. You can substitute fresh rose petals by doubling the amount of plant matter.
1 stick good quality butter, preferably raw & grass-fed
1 T local honey
2 T dried rose petals or 4 T fresh
Pinch of salt
Depending on the temperature in your kitchen, leave the stick of butter out for a couple of hours or overnight. Once it's softened, mush the butter in a bowl (this time of year you don't even need to use a tool to mush). Add the honey, rose petals, and salt. Using a spatula, distribute throughout the butter - you don't have to go bonkers stirring & stirring, this should be quick. Form the butter into a log shape onto a sheet of parchment. Roll to form a log & twist off the ends. If you're using dried rose petals, let it sit at room temperature for 2 hours to soften the petals. Then refrigerate. Rose butter is delicious on toast, scones, waffles pancakes, or your finger when no one is looking & just the thing when you need a little love.