Did you know that the rose is a healing herb, not only is it fragrant and beautiful, but it has been used for centuries by healers through out the world. The flowers are high in Vitamin C, antidepressants, a sedative, aphrodisiac, and an antiviral. Rose hips are good for sore throats, relieving inflammation and reducing fevers. Both rose hips and the rose petal are great for regulating irregular menstrual cycles.
When you give them, know that beyond their beauty roses are offering healing. To make a rose petal tea rinse and steep the pesticide and color free petals in hot water for 20 minutes to release its healing properties or by making a decoction of the rose hips. To make a decoction simply place the rose hips into boiling water for a few minutes then reduce the flame and allow the rose hips to simmer for 20 minutes. The standard amount to prepare a rose petal tea is 1 tablespoon of roses to 1 cup of water and for a decoction it is 1 tablespoon of rose hips to 1 1/2 cups of water.
There are many fun ways to drink this herb and it pairs well with lemonades and other fresh juices, although it has a slight bitter taste it is an astringent, it reduces the amount of secretions and discharges. You can soak rose petals in purified water to make rose water, which has been used since the 10th century and is associated with the Virgin Mary.
Its scent is one of its hallmark healing properties and the reason for the adage of taking time to smell the roses, about slowing down to enjoy the beauty in life’s little moments, take time to smell the roses this V-day weekend, enjoy all of the love that radiates in your life!