Petals and perfumes
Roses have given us so much. Their scent is used in perfumes, soaps and sprays, and how many little girls have attempted to make their own perfume, collecting petals, mixing them with water, ending up with a sticky brown mush? Fortunately, there are experts who do this properly. I seem to remember boys had more success when they made itching powder from rose hips. I use rose essential oil for peace and healing, and I am reliably informed, that children were once sent out on school days to collect rose hips for making rose-hip syrup to boost vitamin C levels at a time when food was rationed. I would love to hear from anyone who remembers this, as I’m writing a book about wildflowers, their history, folklore and meanings.