Roses have other purposes besides being pretty to look at. We usually tend to think of the rose hips used in Vitamin C. In fact one cup of fresh rose hips has the equivalent amount of vitamin C in 60 oranges.
Green tea has been touted for it's excellent antioxidant properties and health benefits but rose tea is right up there in medicinal use.
- It clears toxins and heat from the body and therefore has a cooling effect on the body.
- It can relieve some cold syptoms such as sore throat, runny nose and blocked bronchial tubes.
- It helps people prone to chest problems by fighting against infections.
- Rose tea helps to fight infections in the digestive tract and re-establishes the normal bacterial population of the intestines - very similar to the effect of yogurt.
- It relieves fluid retention and hastens the elimination of wastes through kidneys.
- It can be a laxative. It works as a remedy for all liver problems including sluggishness and constipation.It cleanses the liver and gall bladder and promotes bile flow.
- It has been said to have an uplifting effect on the nervous system and can relieve insomnia, depression and fatigue.
Rose oil has many of the same benefits. It takes approximately 60,000 roses to produce 1 ounce of pure rose oil or 2 ½ dozen roses for just 1 drop. It's said that rose oil or tea can bring the female hormones back into balance and help with regulating the period and improving fertility. Used in a hot compress, it can be an effective relief for cramps as well. Cold rose compresses can help reduce swelling and is a good remedy for headaches. To make a compress place 4 to 6 drops of rose oil into very hot or icy cold water, then dip a cloth in, wring it out & apply directly to affected area.
Roses are also used in food. Be sure you're eating ones that have no pesticide on them and never use ones you buy from a florist. They may cause a bit of digestion issues at first since your body isn't used to them, so use them sparingly at first. Make sure you pull the white part (the base) of the rose away because it's very bitter. Since roses pretty much taste the way they smell, you can get an idea from sniffing it. It can be used in ice cream, salads and even spaghetti. This Rose bread recipe just sounds so good I might have to try my hand at it: Cooking with Roses: How to Make a Delicious Rose Bread with Rose petals