Friday, 26 October 2012


Bridal Pink, cultivated by Eugene Boerner in 1...
Bridal Pink, cultivated by Eugene Boerner in 1967; taken at the Morwell Rose Garden (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A blooming rose exudes beauty with it's soft velvety petals and intoxicating fragrance that has captivated especially people who are in love since it was discovered in the United States in the 16th century.

The first rose was planted by the colonist in North America.  In the year 1798, the first rose garden with about 250 species of rose flowers were established by Empress Josephine.  The modern hybrid rose was actually invented in 1867.  And in 1945, the most popular rose christened 'Peace" was illegally brought in from France to the United States.

As befitting it's namesake, the Rose has beauty secrets that has been unlocked by the ancient Greeks and Romans.  With it's lovely powdery fragrance, they would use rose petals to scent their baths.  Roses were highly valued.  They would even strewn rose petals on the floors of their banquet halls

Roses that are distilled have been included in therapeutic treatments, medicines and cosmetics for decades.  These beautiful blooms have been made into essential oils, added to tea drinks, perfumes.

Rose Petals
Rose Petals (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rose Essential Oils

These oils have the following benefits:

1. Antibacterial
2. Antifungal
3. Antiviral
4. Moisturizing
5. Calming effect

Use to treat ailments such as 

  • Abrasions
  • Burns
  • Skin Conditions
  • Ease sore throats
  • Fever
  • Cough

Rose Water

Rose water is not only for beauty but it is also know for it's health benefits.

  • For acne treatment
  • Soothing effect on sore throats
  • Pour into your bath for a calming experience.
  • As a sumblock
  • As a natural fragrance
  • As a toner

English: Rose petals in scented water
 Rose petals in scented water (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here is how you can make your very own homemade rose water

What you need:-

  • Large pot with lid
  • Heat resistant glass or stainless steel bowl that can fit into the pot
  • Ice cubes
  • Water
  • 2-3 quarts of rose petals(use organic where possible)

Government Rose Garden, Ooty
Rose Garden  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The roses should be fully bloomed but before they become brown. 

If you have your own rose bush in your backyard,  the best time to pick them is just after the morning dew has evaporated, usually it will be about a few hours after sunrise.


Drop the petals into the pot and fill enough water to cover them.  Put the smaller bowl at the center of the pot with the rim higher than the water level by a few inches.  You can also use a rack or a brick to elevate the bowl.  Make sure that it has a flat surface to keep it from moving.

Use the flip side of the lid to cover the pot and bring the water to boil.  When the water is boiling, fill the top of the flipped lid with ice cubes.  Reduce heat to a simmer for 2 hours.

Add more ice when required and make sure to check there is enough water over the petals.  You can add more water but to keep the temperature constant, please add hot water.  Take care that the fresh water does not spill into the center bowl.

Condensation from the steam and heat plus melting ice will drip into the bowl and voila, you will have about one pint to one quart of fragrant homemade rose water!

How to make a calming mask from Rose petals

To create a calming face mask, simply soak 8 petals in 3 to 4 tablespoons of water for 2 to 3 hours.

Mash the petals up with the water and add 3 tablespoons of honey.

Mix it well, and apply onto the whole face.

Wait for 15 to 30 minutes before rinsing with cool water.

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A blooming garden

The Garden of Eden.
The flowers grow.
Where butterflies go.
Rainbow colors.
Hot summer showers.
A butterfly lands
On lass's hands.

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Here's To Your Health!

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