Monday, July 26, 2010
Healing Herbs From The Garden~
Roses are seldom thought of as a medicinal option.
There is a saying that roses are good for "the skin and the soul." and they do have a long tradition in medicinal use.
In Roman times the wild rose was used to counter the bites of rabid dogs.
Roses continued as an official medicine well into the 1930's.
It has been known for its ability to ease a sore throat in a hasty manner.
Today the oil of rose is highly prized, being the most expensive of all essential oils. It is one of the most important oils in aromatherapy. In Ayurvedic medicine, roses are considered cooling and a tonic for the mind.
Rose oil contains vitamins C, B, E, and K., and about 300 chemical constituents, of which about 100 have been identified so far.
Rose Hips are a major source of vitamin C and make the most fabulous tea.
The petals are edible and can be used in many food choices...tossed into a fruit salad, frozen in cube trays for drinks, and sugared for cake toppings.
A rose is a rose is a rose...except when it's a cup of tea~