"Roses are red
Violets are Blue
Both flowers are lovely
And healthy for you!"
As promised, today we will look at the benefits of the Rose
are probably one of the most grown flowers around. They represent everything from beauty to admiration, and you'd be hard pressed to find a garden without at least one Rose
bush. I have about three in my garden (that I'm aware of), and I can't wait until they fully bloom.
Partly because they're gorgeous, and partly because their petals are full of vital nutrients!
(Rosa Centifolia or Rosa Damascena
) have been used medicinally since the early days. The Greeks and Romans used them to perfume their baths and decorate their halls. Ladies of Victorian England used Roses
to perfume themselves. Even Cleopatra used Roses
as part of her beauty regime.
So why aren't we doing the same?
are full of vitamin C, antioxidants, polyphenols and beneficial acids.
That means we can use Roses
- Boost our immunity (One cup of petals is said to be the same as 60 oranges, though I cannot confirm that for sure)
- Relieve menstrual and menopausal symptoms (Ladies, take note!)
- Help with skin problems (Roses are a well-known astringent that helps maintain the PH balance of our skin)
- Help with acne (Along with the astringent, Roses also provide antibacterial and moisturizing benefits)
- Help calm and relax the mind (Aromatherapy, anyone?)
- Stop the signs of aging (Roses tone the skin and provide a source of collagen, which reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles)
- Help combat colds (As stated before, Roses have an incredible amount of vitamin C. Colds don't stand a chance!)
- Help with digestion (Roses also have some probiotic and laxative properties that can keep the gut running smoothly)
- Aid in weight loss (You heard right! Roses are calorie and caffeine free and make a great drink substitute for any diet plan)
I bet you want a Rose
bush of your own now, huh?
You can use Roses
in several different ways. Those include:
- Rose water (this is the most common way to use Roses)
- Rose tea (My favorite way to use any herb. Find the recipe below)
- Rose jelly (My mother made some of this, and it was incredible! Find a recipe Here)
- Eaten fresh (add them to salads, or just eat them on their own. Be sure to wash them first!)
- As a face wash (you can use the Rosewater for this, or add a few petals to the water and let them soak before using)
- As a bath enhancer (Who wouldn't love a handful of Roses thrown into their bath?)
- Rose essential oil (This is super expensive since it takes a lot of roses to make a single bottle. Find it Here)
There's a lot of options there. If you can't decide where to begin, I can make it easier for you. Here is a simple recipe for Rose
Take a cup of fresh petals and wash them well. Remove the white base and wash them again in cool water before patting them dry with a towel. Heat a cup and a half of water in a saucepan to near boiling, then add the petals. Turn down the heat and let simmer for 5-10 minutes. Strain and enjoy!
Unfortunately, there are a few caveats to using Roses
. You don't want to drink more than 5 cups of Rose
tea a day because the amount of vitamin C could cause problems.
Also, don't just pick any Rose
to use. Most commercial Roses
are full of chemicals which can be harmful. If you can't be sure about your Rose's
origin, check out your local health food store, or visit The Tea Spot
for a healthier solution.
We always knew that Roses
were symbols of beauty, but now we know that they can make us beautiful as well!
I'm so ready for my Roses
Want to learn more? Visit: History of Roses
, Smart Cooky
, The Health Site
, Organic Authority
, Healthy Focus
, and Every Green Herb
The photos are my own.