A Rose By Any Other Name

Roses are a powerful symbol of love, passion, purity and beauty. Because they have been used throughout history for their aphrodisiac qualities, we have many stories from Greek and Roman mythology highlighting the power of the rose. It is said that Cleopatra bathed in rose petals and milk, and that Aphrodite used rose perfumes to attract Adonis.  Because February is Heart Month, we wanted to share some things we have learned about the health benefits of this heart-centered plant. Who knows, maybe rose can even enhance your Valentines Day celebrations!

The scent of rose is a powerful aphrodisiac. When we inhale the rich, intoxicating scent of roses, our limbic system becomes activated, which is the part of the brain that controls mood and emotion. In addition to inciting love and romance, rose has the aromatherapeutic effect of balancing our negative emotions such as stress and anxiety, and balancing and opening the heart. It also has anti-depressant effects.

Rose has many properties that are beneficial to the heart and circulatory system, the digestive system, and to the female reproductive system. Click here to learn about the extensive ways in which rose can benefit your health. 

And, here is a recipe for Rose tea (from: About.Com)

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups rose petals
  • 3 cups distilled water
  • honey to taste

Preparation:

Use fresh rose petals that are free from any pesticides.

Rinse petals under cold running water and gently pat dry. Place in a saucepan and distilled water. Bring to a boil, lower heat, and allow to simmer for five minutes or until petals have darkened in color.

Strain into teapot or teacups. Add honey, if desired, to taste.

Mountain Rose Herbs is a great online supplier of dried herbs in bulk, including rose petals.

www.mountainroseherbs.com

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