Elixir of Roses
by Lynn Osburn
Gather the rose blossoms when they are in mid-flower and the zenith of their beauty is manifest. In the cut, take the hip and enough stem to easily grasp. Be careful to retain all the petals as some will detach. Fill at least two large grocery bags. Spread the rose cache out in a covered ventilated area to dry.
When the rose cache is dry, cut it up into small pieces and place in a large pot, kettle or crock. Cover with purified spirit. Let the rose cache digest in the spirit for 30 days. Then pour off the digested tincture of roses; press out as much tincture from the massa as possible. Distill the tincture. Store the distillate for later.
Take the pressed massa and ignite it to burn off the residual spirit. Then take the charred massa and broil it in an oven. Take it out and grind it down with pestle occasionally until the massa is a dark earth. Take the dark earth and place in a Corning ware or Pyrex dish or pan. Place the dish or pan on a hot plate and turn up to high. Cover loosely with aluminum foil. Calcine and grind with pestle occasionally; continue until the earth is a gray powder. Take the gray earth and place on two layers of coffee filters. Pour hot distilled water over the earth of the rose massa. Take the water that comes through the filters and evaporate it in a dish in the oven on low. The Salt of the massa will remain in the dish. Repeat the calcining, grinding, solution in water, evaporating, until the Salt of the massa is pure white crystals. Save the purified Salt of the massa.
Add diethyl ether to the menstrum of the tincture remaining in the retort. Then pour the whole mess from the retort into a tall glass jar (with good sealing lid with quick opening) half filling it. Pour in distilled water until the jar is ¾ full; seal the jar then turn it upside down twice, then quickly open the lid to let the pressure out. Repeat several times, then let the jar sit for a few hours. The ether with the Fixed Sulfur dissolved in it will be above the water. The dark water contains the dregs of the menstrum; siphon it off into another container. Add more distilled water to the ether and Fixed Sulfur solution and repeat as before. Do this until the water layer is clear. Then siphon off the dark ether layer and evaporate away the ether exposing the purified Fixed Sulfur. Store for later.
Take the dark waters from the menstrum and cook off the water. Cook down the tar; it will smoke and smell foul. When it gets hard like lava rock grind it with a pestle. Then raise the heat and calcine the dark earth of the menstrum until it is a gray earth. Extract the Salt of the menstrum from this earth of the menstrum as you did the Salt of the massa. Then store the white Salt of the menstrum for later.
Now, put the distillate of Roses containing the Spirit and Volatile Sulfur in conjunction, into a retort with a pelican on top to recirculate and slowly heat no hotter that is comfortable to touch. Then add the purified Salt of the massa and circulate over night. Then add the Fixed Sulfur and circulate over night. Then add the Salt of the menstrum and circulate for at least seven days more.
The Elixir of Roses is a wonderful medicine for headaches especially migraines. It is soothing to the optic nerves especially when stressed from over use. For Inner Alchemy it is very good to stimulate the Floating Point system (third eye) of the subtle body.