Summer is almost here. That means I have to be careful not to sunburn when I work in the gardens. (If I do burn, I use our Sea Buckthorn Body Oil to help repair it.) This is also the time of year when roses flower in our Biodynamic® gardens in Germany. We have several types of roses, but the ones with the most intensive and beautiful fragrance are Rosa centifolia and Rosa rubiginosa (also known as the sweet briar rose).
Rosa centifolia is called the rose of a thousand petals, and they are very beautiful flowers. We have only about fifty of them in the garden. They would never provide enough rose oil for our Wild Rose Facial Care—for that we source organic roses from Chile and Turkey. We use the ones in our gardens to make a very special cream that helps relieve stress. Because they smell so lovely, it’s too bad that the harvest takes only a few minutes, but we need only about 35 ounces. By the way, this rose is ideal for making Rose gelee, which can be used as a lovely and delicious topping for bread or ice cream and cakes.
Rosa rubiginosa is the only rose that has not only fragrant flowers, but also fragrant leaves. In warm and humid days, you can smell it throughout the garden. It has a very refreshing and apple-like smell, with a little note of resin. This rose is similar to Rosa moschata (rosehip), the key ingredient in our Wild Rose Facial Care. The flowers are very simple. I took a picture with my macro lens, and you can see the oil glands in the photo below. We actually harvest the shoots, with the young green leaves, for our medicines.
What about you? Do you grow roses in your garden? Aren’t they simply beautiful? They're one of the things we love the most about summer!