Episode 138:
Rose with David Winston

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Rose with David Winston

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Episode Summary

I’m thrilled to have David Winston back on the show! Like his last episode, which featured nettles, this episode is absolutely packed with knowledge and wisdom from David’s 55 years of experience. (Speaking of his incredible storehouse of herbal know-how, if you’d like to study with David, he’s enrolling students now! You can get the details in the section below.)

David’s love of rose really shines through in this episode, and he shares so many ways to work with this wonderful plant! 

As a listener, you also have access to David’s recipe for Uplift Tea Blend, as well as his recipe for Rose Petal and Holy Basil Infused Honey.  The free, downloadable and printable recipe card for these can be found in the section below.

When might you turn to rose for medicine? Here are just a few instances when the lovely rose can be helpful:

► When you’re grieving. As David says, “Roses are astonishing not only as a mood elevator, but for broken hearts.” 

► As a tonic for your cardiovascular system

► To help quell gut inflammation and heal a leaky gut

But in all of these cases, you need to know which roses are medicinally effective…and which aren’t. Tune in to the entire episode for all the details!

By the end of this episode, you’ll know:

► What to look for (and what to avoid!) when selecting roses to use for medicine

► Nine herbal preparations you can use when working with rose petals, hips, and roots

► The people and conditions that can especially benefit from rose’s gifts

►The importance of gut health to your overall health

► The intriguing way rose is used in traditional Persian medicine

► The key difference between herbal and pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories (and why that matters for your health)

► and so much more…

For those of you who don’t know David, he’s an Herbalist and Ethnobotanist with 55 years of training in Chinese, Western/Eclectic and Southeastern herbal traditions.  He has been in clinical practice for 48 years and is an herbal consultant to physicians, herbalists and researchers throughout the USA, Europe and Canada.  David is the founder/director of the Herbal Therapeutics Research Library and the dean of David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies, a two-year training program in clinical herbal medicine. He is an internationally known lecturer and frequently teaches at medical schools, professional symposia and herb conferences.  He is the president of Herbalist & Alchemist, Inc. a manufacturer that produces herbal products that blend the art and science of the world’s great herbal traditions.

In addition, David is a founding/professional member of the American Herbalist Guild, and he is on the American Botanical Council and the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia Advisory Boards.

He’s the author of many books including the co-author of Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina and Stress Relief.

David has taught thousands of herbalists around the world and is the recipient of many notable and prestigious awards and fellowships.

I’m thrilled to share our conversation with you today.

What You'll Learn from This Episode

  • [01:11] Introduction to David Winston
  • [03:35] An unexpected award and the joys of herbal community
  • [09:10] Why David loves rose
  • [22:20] Uplift Tea Blend
  • [27:29] Making tea with aromatic plants
  • [28:26] The rose variety David wants to find
  • [30:49] Roses in Persian medicine
  • [34:27] Roses to help moderate inflammation
  • [38:22] Health  benefits of rose hips
  • [52:30] Opportunities to study with David
  • [1:04:13] How herbs instill hope in David
  • [1:12:50] Herbal Tidbit

Get Your Free Recipe!

This is an uplifting tea that acts as a mood elevator, antidepressant, digestion enhancer, and helps to relieve stress and systemic inflammation.


  • 1 part fragrant Rose petals (organic) - antidepressant, helps broken hearts
  • 2 parts Lemon Balm - mood elevator, anxiolytic, carminative
  • 1 part Mimosa Flowers - antidepressant, anti-inflammatory
  • 1 part Holy Basil - mild adaptogen, anxiolytic, antidepressant, carminative
  • 1/2 part Orange Peel - carminative, relieves stress
  • 1/2 part Damiana - mild antidepressant, enhances libido, carminative
  • 3-4 Saffron stigmas - antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic


  1. Grind the herbs coarsely in a spice grinder. Mix well. Store in a labeled, airtight container in a cool, dark, dry location.
  2. Take 1-2 tsp of the ground herbs, put in an infuser in a teacup, pour 8 oz. boiling water over the herbs, cover and let steep for 20-30 minutes. Add 1 tsp of honey or better yet, Rose Petal and Holy Basil Infused Honey, if desired. Strain and enjoy.


Uplift Tea Blend Recipe

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Connect with David:

  • Website | David Winston's Center for Herbal Studies
  • David’s Herbal Products | Herbalist & Alchemist
  • Twitter| @davidwinston
  • Do you want to learn more from David? The enrollment period for his 2024-2026 foundational program is happening NOW! Class starts in September and there are prerequisites (plus an admissions process), so don’t delay if you’re interested. If you are feeling called to be a clinical herbalist or you want really in-depth knowledge about how to work with plants and people, then I know David’s course will be amazing! Get all the details here and use the code 1324RF when you apply.

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