Undoubtedly, the most popular flower in the world is "The Rose". Let's unravel the tales woven around the enchanting rose. The rose is a symbol of love, beauty, and passion across various cultures. Its thorns represent the coexistence of pain and pleasure. The flower's layers can be seen as a metaphor for the unfolding of life's complexities, while its fragrance symbolizes the lingering essence of emotions. The rose's enduring appeal lies in its ability to convey diverse meanings, making it a timeless and versatile symbol.
Different colors of roses can convey different sentiments, such as red for love and passion, white for purity, and yellow for friendship or joy. The fragrance of a rose is often described as sweet and aromatic, varying subtly among different rose varieties. Did you know it takes a large number of rose petals, often thousands, to produce a small amount of rose oil in perfumery? 1ml. of rose otto can range from $13 to $30 depending on the location and climate the rose is grown and distilled.
Last year I decided I wanted to create and share a candle, perfume oil, and written word on the rose calling it "Sensual Rose" and dedicated the written word to all the beloved women of the world. It's now a bestseller and I'm grateful to those who share their space with this natural botanical scent.
Now, let's explore some exciting recipes for Love Month, including a rose facial mist and a delicious Ginger Rose Hip Fizz.
Ginger Rose Hip Fizz
1 cup brewed and chilled Rose Hip tea
1-2 tablespoons ginger agave (adjust to taste)
Juice of half a lime
1/2 cup sparkling water (San
Pelligrino or Mountain Valley Sparkling water are great choices).
Rosemary sprig for garnish
Brew a cup of Rose hip tea and let it cool in the refrigerator.
In a glass, combine the chill Rose hip tea with ginger agave and lime juice.
Add ice cubes to the glass for a refreshing chill
Top it off with sparkling water, and gently stir to mix the ingredients.
Garnish with a raspberry macaroon and a sprig of fresh rosemary.
Give it a final gentle stir before sipping and enjoy the herbal and zesty flavors of your Ginger Rose hip Fizz!
Rose Cooling Facial Mist
1 cup distilled water
2 tablespoons rose water
1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
2-3 drops of glycerin (optional for added moisture)
1-2 drops of organic rose essential oil
Mix distilled water and rose water in a clean spray bottle.
Add aloe vera gel and glycerin, if using, to the mixture.
Optionally, add a few drops of organic rose essential oil.
Close the bottle and shake well to combine all ingredients thoroughly.
Store the facial mist in the refrigerator for a refreshing and cooling effect.
Before use, shake the bottle again, and then spritz the mist on your face.
Enjoy the rejuvenating and hydrating benefits of your handmade Rose Facial Mist.
As we close this edition, we eagerly anticipate your continued presence in our community, and may the echoes of our shared stories linger in the quiet spaces of your souls. Until next month's edition, stay inspired and connected.
Introductory photo credits: Rose Hips, Giuliana Farris, All others, Nidia Alexander, Roses pictured at Flor y Yerba's Garden