Roses and rosehips have been used for centuries to express a wide range of sentiments. From the Ancient Greek association with Aphrodite (the goddess of love, beauty, and fertility), to the use of roses in the Christian tradition to honor the Virgin Mary and her purity, to Norse mythology's use of roses as a symbol of hope and immortality, roses have been a part of our culture and history for a long time. Roses are not just beautiful, but they are also meaningful and are often used to express love, admiration, and appreciation. Whether given to a special someone or simply enjoyed in your garden, roses are a reminder of the beauty and significance of love.
Traditionally, folk medicine has used rose and rosehip for their many health benefits. Rose is known as a heart herb; both the physical and the emotional heart. The petals and the rosehip may help in modulating inflammation and reducing blood pressure while also soothing and supporting grief, sadness and depression. (Alchemy of Herbs, Rosalee de la Foret, page 231) Rose is known to be a natural source of Vitamin C, and rosehips are a rich source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and antioxidants. Rose and rosehip have been used for centuries for their immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties, and modern research has confirmed these benefits.
You can take advantage of the health benefits of rose and rosehip in a variety of recipes. Rose powder is a popular addition to smoothies and other drinks, and can be used to make herbal teas, jams, jellies, and syrups. You can also add rose powder to baking mixes, oatmeal, and salads for a subtle flavor and health boost.
Rose and Oat Face Scrub
1/4 cup rose powder 1/4 cup of oat flour
1 tsp of milk (oat, almond, or regular)
Mix Rose powder and oat flour and keep in a container for up to 3 months.
When ready to use place a tablespoon of the powder in palm of hand and add milk of choice until paste is made.
Gently rub on face and rinse clean.
Rose Infused Honey
Fill a 125 mL jar with dried rose petals then cover with raw honey. Stir to make sure air bubbles are removed and add more honey as needed to completely cover rose petals, repeat stirring out air bubbles every time more honey is added.
Allow to infuse for a few days and either serve as is or strain the petals. Enjoy in tea, on toast, oatmeal, or desserts.
Enjoy working with rose and let me know how you use rose in your home!