It’s almost Valentines day, and our thoughts turn to love and romance. And one of the most common flowers used to express these deep sediments; ROSES.
Each rose color has a special meaning, but the red rose is the ultimate symbol of love.
Yet, roses have other uses than expressing our feelings for a loved one. Did you know that the fruit of the rose, the Rose Hip, has a high content of Vitamin C? They can be used in soup, tea, jam, jelly and marmalade.
Compounds extracted from the rose are being used to fight against depression, Alzheimer’s, heart problems and HIV.
Rose Oil is used in antioxidants, skin care, and with other compounds can treat nausea, ulcers. dehydration and some infections and sore throats.
Rose Water can help with constipation and was used to treat measles.
Rose Tea is made from the petals, leaves and hips helps relieve congestion.
Rose Jam (a mixture of rose petals, honey and seeds) calms the nerves and helps with stress.
So, when you give your loved one a bouquet of Roses for Valentines you are giving so much more!
To me there is nothing sweeter than the smell of walking through the gate of a rose garden. However you celebrate Valentines day, I wish you a happy one.