"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. Roses 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! Roses (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? Roses are full of vitamin C, antioxidants, polyphenols and beneficial acids. That means we can use Roses to: I bet you want a Rose bush of your own now, huh? You can use Roses in several different ways. Those include: 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 Tea:
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 to bloom! 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.