Not only are roses beautiful but they contain significant amounts of vitamin C.
In the 19th century, small town doctors prescribe roses as a regular remedy. The apothecary rose was a frequent suggestion for home treatment of common ailments such as stomach disorder, diarrhea, constipation, gallbladder & kidney problems, gout, fever and exhaustion.
Long standing philosophical traditions find Rose garlands strewn around altars of Gods and Goddesses. The rose was one of the flowers which had cross culturally represented love and health throughout the World. Many are the brides who held roses in their bouquet as they entered into marriage with the well-wishes of life-long health and love.
It stands to reason that the ancients understood the relationship between the beautiful flower and its health giving properties. The flowers’ fragrance provides for a method of relaxation. The beauty and cultivation of the flower offers tranquility for all to behold. The internal properties of the flower, in the rose hip, offer to the health practitioner a potent and reliable source of immunity boosting properties.
The following is a brief review of the versatility of the Rose.
Rose petals make a light and fragrant tea which settles stomach upset and provides a soothing aroma.
Rose hips in vitamin form offers an extra boost for people needing to fend off colds and fevers.
Rose jams and jellies offer sweetness and vitamin C to boost children’s immunity to the everyday ails found in most daycare and school institutions.
Rose water is added to ice cream and cookies in the Middle East to give added flavor.
Rose water also adds moisture to skin preparations, Middle Eastern and European traditions.
French chefs add Rose syrup made from rose petal extract to pastries.
Chinese apothecaries are among the few practitioners who still use this remedy for stomach ailments.
As all things go full circle, scientists harkened back to a more intuitive time and are testing rose and rose hips in the treatment of some cancers.