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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Natural Medicine.

For this BB, you will create an infusion of rose hips, buds, or petals. Infusion is a method of extracting desired compounds from plant material by steeping the material in hot or cold water, depending on the plant and its attributes.

To show you’ve completed this Badge Bit, you must post:
- a picture of your rose hips, buds, or petals being harvested
- a picture of the infusion being made
- a picture of the finished infusion
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Here is my submission for the Natural Medicine Aspect - Sand for Straw - Create and Infusion of Rosehips BB.

I harvested some green rosehips at Wheaton Labs and made a tea but the rosehips were green and the tea was not much more than hot water.   So, I harvested some ripe rosehips at Doug's Beach on the Columbia River earlier this month.

To document the completion of the BB, I have provided the following:
- a picture of your rose hips, buds, or petals being harvested
- a picture of the infusion being made
- a picture of the finished infusion

Harvesting


Brewing Tea


Infusion

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Note: I hereby certify that this badge bit is complete, and that those are some cute little tiny rose hips!

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Made a rose hip infusion from fresh foraged rose hips.
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Rose hips in the wild.
Rose hips in the wild.
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Harvesting.
Harvesting.
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Into boiling water.
Into boiling water.
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Finished infusion.
Finished infusion.
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Rose petals infusion.

I love the French press for infusing loose herbs!  These petals were harvested off an antique rose in my yard.  
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Petals being harvested
Petals being harvested
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Going into the French press
Going into the French press
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Water added
Water added
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Finished infusion
Finished infusion
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Rose petal tea.
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Growing in yard
Growing in yard
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Harvest
Harvest
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Tea time
Tea time
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Note: Please post a photo of the rose petals infusing in boiled water and the infused tea

 
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This old rose bush is nearing the end of its run for the season, so I took the opportunity and made two pints of infusion. I followed a process I found online which I'll outline here.

Process:
Choose a fragrant rose for best results.
Wait until the afternoon when the pollinators have had a chance to do their business and the petals are most fragrant.
Harvesting at least one full bloom per jar, clean the petals well and then place in jars or bottles.
Pour hot (near boiling) water over the petals and then allow them to cool completely.
Optional - add a few drops of lemon juice for increased color and shelf-life.
Strain the petals and return the liquid to the jars.
Seal with 2-part canning lids and store in the refrigerator for 4-6 weeks.
Enjoy as a refreshing drink, use in personal care or medicinal uses, or use as the base for a rose jelly recipe.

Takeaways:
The infusion is very delicate and mild.
I didn't include lemon juice but next time I will probably try it.
Next time I will use more rose petals, probably filling the jar if possible!

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harvesting from the old rose bush
harvesting from the old rose bush
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wash the petals well
wash the petals well
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pour hot water over petals and let cool/steep. the petals lost most of their color.
pour hot water over petals and let cool/steep. the petals lost most of their color.
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once cooled, strain and return to jars. tada! the finished infusion!
once cooled, strain and return to jars. tada! the finished infusion!
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