When havesting Plants – 10 Golden Rules

Comfrey in bloom  our farm
Comfrey in bloom
our farm

tis the season coming up to harvest your plants,
be it for distillation for hydrosols, infusing,
or just gathering for culinary uses.

Here are the 10 golden rules when harvesting by Jeanne Rose:

Great information from Jeanne Rose about Harvesting Plants and distillation for Hydrosols ~
It is Distillation season once again and people should know something about botany and ecology
before they go into a wilderness and cut things down.

Ten rules for Harvesting Plants:

1. Prepare by taking an herb (or mushroom or tree) identification course, studying guidebooks.
Learn your plants by their Latin binomial.

2. Keep a journal to record plants identified, the condition of the population, and precise locations,

3. Become familiar with the poisonous plants that grow in your area and be aware of look-alikes.

4. Seek permission for collecting at a site. You may need a permit to harvest on public lands.

5. Do not harvest endangered, protected or sensitive-to-disturbance species.
When in doubt, leave the plants alone.

6. Never Damage. A wildcrafter should never damage or deplete a plant community.
For sustainable harvesting taking at most one in ten.

7. Never harvest more than you can process promptly.

8. Harvest only healthy specimens that are not contaminated in any way.

9. Consider your impact on the land before you harvest. Fill in any holes and clean up any debris—
Leave area pristine.

10. Process or Distill Quickly harvested plants as soon as possible after they have been gathered.
Plant material must be fresh and unspoiled for the best-quality medicine or product.

About Jeanne Rose:
Jeanne Rose is the founder of New Age Creations,
the first body-care company in the United States to use aromatherapy (since 1967).
She is the Director of the Institute of Aromatic Studies, principal tutor of both
the Herbal Studies Course and the Aromatherapy Studies Course – Practitioner by home-study.
She brings 40 years of experience and personal research in her practice of Aromatherapy.


Pleasure in the job ..
puts perfection in the work.
~ Aristotle

Harvest to Hydrosol by  Ann Harmon

Harvest to Hydrosol by
Ann Harmon

The above is a good book on harvesting and distilling for hydrosols by Ann Harmon
Please visit our page: Harvest to Hydrosol

Hope you are enjoying the End of Spring early Summer weather.!

End Quote:

A single rose can be my garden …
A single friend, my world.
~ Leo Buscaglia

A Red Rose
A Red Rose

Til next time ~ Rosanne


Spring is in the Air ~ April

Quote ~

See the land, her Easter keeping,
Rises as her Maker rose.
Seeds, so long in darkness sleeping,
Burst at last from winter snows.
Earth with heaven above rejoices…
~Charles Kingsley

Hello April
Hello April

SunRose ~ April 2015 Donation ::

Arbor Day Foundation ~
Your gift will help us plant trees to clear our air,
clean our water, and beautify our lands
for generations to come.

Please visit their site: Arbor Day Foundation

Quote ~

Let the resurrection joy lift us from ..
loneliness and weakness and despair ~
to strength and beauty and happiness.
~ Floyd W. Tomkins

New Materials have arrived:

I am always in search of new material to bring to you. I hope you enjoy discovering them.

Sandalwood Extra New Caledonia ~

The scent has an extremely soft, sweet woody and almost animal balsamic odor.
The oil blends so excellently with rose, violet, clove, lavender, bergamot.
It is considered a ‘blender’ fixative in countless woody floral and Oriental floral bases.

Visit our page: Sandalwood Extra New Caledonia

Quote ~

I know that if odour were visible, as colour is,
I’d see the summer garden in rainbow clouds.
~Robert Bridges, “Testament of Beauty”

Pine Needle Absolute Extra ~
This material ‘sparkles’ of pine forests, ..
woody and rich.
Visit our page: Pine Needle Absolute Extra

Signature Scents ::
Flora Goddess of Spring / Flowers

After the long Winter Season,
The Spring Season is a welcomed time.
Filled with creativity, growth & new beginnings.
Flora is the Goddess of Flowers & Spring.

Please visit our page: Flora Goddess of Spring and Flowers

Spring 2015 SunFlower
Spring 2015 SunFlower

Quote ~

Give me odorous at sunrise ..
a garden of beautiful flowers
where I can walk undisturbed.
~Walt Whitman

We are happy to announce we are now
carrying the book by Ann Harmon ~
Harvest to Hydrosol
Please visit our page: Harvest to Hydrosol

End Quote ~

In the garden I tend to drop my thoughts here and there.
To the flowers I whisper the secrets I keep and the hopes I breathe.
I know they are there to eavesdrop for the angels.
~ Dodinsky


Wishing you a Spring filled with beautiful colors,
amazing scents and new beginnings!
~ til next time,
from the farm in Maine
~ Rosanne

Spring is almost here

‘Your Sacred Space is where
you can find yourself again
and again.”
~~ Jospeh Campbell

Sun rise at the Farm Jan 29, 2015
Sun rise at the Farm
Jan 29, 2015

The months are flying by for sure.
Life happens, each day, every moment is precious.
We had big snow in Maine this Winter ..
Hope that your winter was not as severe.
Spring is around the corner.

Spring 2015 SunFlower
Spring 2015 SunFlower

I have been busy creating this Winter
and have added our Artisan Botanical Perfume I call
‘Signature Scents’ to the website.
If you go the the Bath & Body page and scroll down to
Signature Scents you will see them there!
or click here to go to the page: Signature Scents

– Flora, Goddess of Spring
– Jazzy Nights
– Magical Magnolia
– Rose Bouquet
– Vanilla Glow

We now offer our Chakra Synergies in a 10 ml Roll On size as well as the 5ml bottle.

SunRose Chakra Synergies in 10 ml Roll On
SunRose Chakra Synergies in 10 ml Roll On

– Please visit our page : Chakra Synergies

I have added a ‘Metaphysical page’ as well
for those of you that like crystals / stones:
– Please visit our page:
Metaphysical / Worry Stones

Worry Stones Nature's Natural Tranquilizers
Worry Stones –  Nature’s Natural Tranquilizers

We are excited to announce we are now carrying the book
by Ann Harman on Hydrosols / Distilling:
– Please visit our page to read about and get your copy:

Harvest to Hydrosol by  Ann Harmon
Harvest to Hydrosol by
Ann Harman

Harvest to Hydrosol

“We do not need to grieve for the dead.
Why should we grieve for them?
They are now in a place where there is no more shadow,
darkness, loneliness, isolation, or pain.
They are home.”
― John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

Would like to take a moment to honor my Mother In Law
Mary Francis O’Donnell who passed away 25 February 2015.
She was an amazing woman, loving, kind and with such a
great sense of humor. She passed quickly ,
and I am just happy she did not suffer. Mama O’donnell
as I called her loved the farm here .. and I am blessed
to have known her .. She will forever be in my heart.
Be at peace Mary Francis.

End Quote:

“To feel the love of people
… whom we love …
is a fire that feeds our life.”
~~ Pablo Neruda

The promise of Spring
The promise of Spring

~ til next time ..Wishing you a vibrant and colorful Spring Time ..
Happy Plantings ~ Rosanne