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Roses, roses, food and drink of the Gods!




Roses are the best beauty secret there is! Roses can be in a beverage as Rose Petal Tea; eaten as Rose Petal Jam; and used in skin care as rose lotion or oil. Roses are the most magical of all the earths plants since they have the highest energetic frequency, or Hertz. Ayervedic professionals say roses are cooling to the body, soothing, and also prevent signs of age and redness.

Roses have the highest frequency, or Hertz, of any plant.

"For centuries the rose has been associated with feminine beauty and skin care. Bulgarian pure rose oil is a top note essential oil. Its frequency is extremely high and rapid. Rose oil has the highest frequency (320 Hertz) of all the essential oils on the planet. This in itself is an important factor. It means that the fragrant molecules of the rose oil, on inhalation or application, are able to quickly penetrate and travel the infinitesimal pathways of the body, rapidly energising every cell, bringing balance, harmony and beauty to the body. Rose essential oil has a long history in folk remedies, especially in the area of skin care. It is suitable for all skin types, but it is especially valuable for dry, sensitive or aging skins. It has a tonic and astringent effect on the capillaries just below the skin surface, which makes it useful in diminishing the redness caused by enlarged capillaries. It is important to ensure that the product you use contains the genuine rose essential oil. Many manufacturers label their products containing rose essence but it could be synthetic. Synthetic rose ingredients have no therapeutic value at all! Remember, with authentic rose otto, a little goes a long way."

Here are some old-time recipes for using roses in food. First, confirm that the roses are free of pesticides before use, and do not use cut roses sold at grocery stores! Use fresh from the garden or sold as "food grade" for making the following recipes.

Recipe for Crystallized Roses
Choose a dry day for gathering the roses and wait until the dew evaporates, so that the petals are dry. Before gathering the roses, dissolve 2 OZ. of gum-arabic in 1/2 pint of water. Separate the petals and spread them on dishes. Sprinkle them with the gumarabic solution, using as many petals as the solution will cover. Spread them on sheets of white paper and sprinkle with castor sugar, then let them dry for 24 hours. Put 1 lb. of sugar (loaf) and 1/2 pint of cold water into a pan, stir until the sugar has melted, then boil fast to 250 degrees F., or to the thread degree. This is ascertained by dipping a stick into cold water, then into the syrup and back into the water. Pinch the syrup adhering to the stick between the thumb and finger and draw them apart, when a thread should be formed. Keep the syrup well skimmed. Put the rosepetals into shallow dishes and pour the syrup over. Leave them to soak for 24 hours, then spread them on wire trays and dry in a cool oven with the door ajar. The syrup should be coloured with cochineal or carmine, in order to give more colour to the rose-petals.

Rose-petals have also been employed to flavour butter, for which the following recipe may be of interest:

Rose-Petal Sandwiches
Put a layer of Red Rose-petals in the bottom of a jar or covered dish, put in 4 OZ. of fresh butter wrapped in waxed paper. Cover with a thick layer of rose-petals. Cover closely and leave in a cool place overnight. The more fragrant the roses, the finer the flavour imparted. Cut bread in thin strips or circles, spread each with the perfumed butter and place several petals from fresh Red Roses between the slices, allowing edges to show. Violets or Clover blossoms may be used in place of Roses.
Make your own rose-petal jam: for a recipe go to this site:http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Rose-Petal-JamPetal-Jam
You can purchase rose ingredients and plants from Botanical.com Make sure anything used is from real roses, not imitation, or rose-scented products.

Rose tea - a delicious indulgence -Please do not confuse "rose hips" with "rose petals". They taste completely different! Rose hips are the fruit of the rose bush, containing vitamin C and other beneficial nutrients, but they have a sour taste that is decidedly unlike the sweet flavor and scent of rose petals. One can easily obtain rose hip tea at your health food store, but rose-petal tea is harder to come by. (I first tasted rose tea from a tin purchased years ago at London's Harrods department store.) Now "The Republic of Tea" makes this variety, and it is occasionally available:
If you're at a health store that sells "bulk" ingredients you can often obtain bags of food-grade dried rose-petals, as well as black teas. Now just combine them in equal measure in a storage jar, mix, and you've made your own version of rose-petal tea. For the best cup of tea make it as they do in England with cream and sugar added after the boiling water to the cup. Also a tea strainer is needed since the rose petals make the tea very leafy. The tea has a wonderful effect on the emotions and the digestion. It is wonderfully calming to both.


Rose jam or preserves to purchase:

Once again do not confuse this with rose-hip jam! Rose jam is an Ayervedic favorite and often made with fragrant petals direct from roses grown in certain areas of India. It is delicious and very soothing, here is the link for obtaining rose jam:
http://mapi.com/maharishi_ayurveda/products/mind_body_gourmet_food/spreads_preserves.html

Rose Water:

This is a fragrant water that one can use to sprinkle on cut fruits that will give them a wonderful taste and scent. (The nose is just as important as the tongue in tasting food.) At a local Moroccan restaurant I've often enjoyed oranges, peeled, sliced in circles, and eaten with the hands ofter the hands are sprinkled with rose-water. Maybe they used some of the rose water on the oranges too.. It is heavenly!

Some rose-waters come in a spray bottle and can be enjoyed as a refreshing mist on the skin and hair. It is slightly astringent and especially useful for the complexion in warm weather, as it calms redness, makes the pores look smaller, and is cooling. It also imparts a nice glow to the complexion if used regularly.
Rose water, oil, and essential oil can all be obtained from the cosmetic department in a health food store. Just be sure to dilute essential oil with another carrier oil, such as almond oil, also from health-food stores. Essential oils are very strong so do not use full strength.
Hope you have found this peek into rose beauty secrets I've discovered, interesting and helpful.

2 comments:

Athena said...

Interesting that you wrote this today because yesterday evening I had rose tea for the first time in probably a year!

Laurel said...

It must be some form of ESP - interesting!

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