Roses go wwwway back in time and are probably the most loved of all flowers worldwide! For centuries they have been honored for their fragrance, their medical and last but not least cosmetic properties of course.
The first evidence of blossoming roses comes from a period 40-35 million years ago. Fossils have been found in Norway, Germany, Balkans, Alaska, Mexico, and some other locations. Written sources started to mention them a few thousand years ago, but it is known that roses were also cherished in Ancient Egypt - rose petals have been discovered in many tombs and paintings of roses were even discovered in the tomb of the pharaoh Thutmose IV, who was a ruler of the 18th dynasty.
A Legendary Flower
In ancient times, roses appeared in myths and were appreciated by rulers and used during great celebrations and parties. They had a special place in Greek mythology. According to ancient legend, roses were created by Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love. They grew from her tears and the blood of her lover – Adonis. Cleopatra VII, probably inspired by the mythical origins of roses, used their petals during public appearances. She wanted to be remembered as a goddess who smelled like roses.
Legend has it that the most famous Chinese Empress Wu Zetian (武則天) known for her beauty and intelligence used to bath in Roses every day. She also became the only female emperor ruling in AD 690 in China. Talk about girl boss.
Rose infusions have a calming, tranquilizing effect. Just think the soft aroma of refreshing rose fragrant dancing around the room and your nose. To make Rose infusion, pour a cup of boiling water over a whole Rose. Let it infuse for a minimum of three minutes, then add honey (if you have a sweet tooth and for added health benefits).
Arab physician Avicenna used it to treat skin disorders and mixed it with honey to use as a cough syrup. Rosewater may be used on the outside of the eyes for pink-eye. The antiseptic and soothing quality can be used even on the most sensitive skins. In the Middle Ages in the Middle East, it was used to treat for Depression and Anxiety and to aid Circulation. Today, thanks to modern medical research that has proven these properties in precious rose oil, is used in aromatherapy to treat the same depression and Anxiety and more.
Rose hips form once the petals have fallen and the swollen calyxes ripen; they can be used in cough mixtures, syrups, jellies, and jams. Their high vitamin C content and fruit acids, as well as beta-carotene, pectin and tannin content, boost the body's immune system and make an excellent tonic that gives energy and vitality and strengthens artery walls, thus aiding circulation!