The red rose whispers of passion,
And the white rose breathes of love;
O, the red rose is a falcon,
And the white rose is a dove.
But I send you a cream-white rosebud
With a flush on its petal tips;
For the love that is purest and sweetest
Has a kiss of desire on the lips
Rose represents love, romance, and beauty. Known as the Queen of flowers and one of the oldest cultivated flowers, rose is part of the rosaceae family along with strawberries and apples. Roses have a light, but rich and pleasant fragrance. The flowers come in an array of colors including varieties of blue and orange. The velvety petals can grow in singular petals or double-layered overlapping petals that create a round or oval shape before their blooming stage. These cool, soft petals are supported by a green thick shrub with sharp prickly thorns wrapped around the stem. According to Britanica Encyclopedia, “Rose flowers’ size ranges from tiny miniatures 1.25 cm (0.5 inch) in diameter to hybrid flowers measuring more than 17.5 cm (7 inches) across.”
Although roses are natives to the Northern Hemisphere such as Asia, Europe, and even
Temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere, rose is a popular flower around the world used not only to show love, but also for medical and cosmetic uses. Historically, rose has been used to alleviate pain and conditions that cause inflammation such as bowel disease, gastritis, and even migraines. Rose is highly packed with minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins which allows it to function as a stress reliever and sets you for a better night’s sleep. Some studies show that Rose Tea reduces pain and cramps during the menstrual cycle.
For one cup of Rose tea you will need:
A cup of s water
½ teaspoon of dried rose petals
Raw Honey (optional)
Step 1: Place the rose petals in a small saucepan or teapot over medium-high heat. Cover with water and bring to a simmer.
Step 2: Let simmer for approximately 4-5 minutes or until the petals become discolored (watch for dark pigmentation).
Step 3: Remove from heat and strain the hot rose petal liquid into teacups. Enjoy as is or add raw honey to taste.
Before consuming rose please consult your doctor should you suspect any possible allergens or conditions, but yes - mostly all rose families and their accessory fruits, rose hips, are edible! You can make a rose honey cake, rose shortbread cookies, rose chocolate… the list goes on!
Through rose gardens, rose paintings, and key placement in stories and movies, rose has always inspired us. This inspirational and elegant flower is also a popular ingredient in cosmetics and more with rose being an ingredient for perfumes, candles, bar soaps, oils, makeup, and botanical baths. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, make this month all about self-love and explore how to use roses in your self-care regimen. Be a part of an ongoing tradition of using this flower and holding it in reverence while allowing the vitamins, antioxidants and minerals to replenish your mind, body, and spirit. Feel the beauty within!
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