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Rose :: Herb of the Month

Posted Feb 14 2010 6:18pm

ROSE [Rosa]

One of the world’s most beautiful and fragrant flowers, the rose, symbolizes beauty, love, passion, warmth of personality, and compassion. It is a flower one give as a token of their sentiment but you can also use a light kiss of rose to infuse its floral flavor in recipes.

Rose has been used extensively in Middle Eastern and Indian cuisines and its use in cooking dates back centuries, and it has been adopted by fine pastry chefs and chocolatiers as well for quite some time used to enhance the taste of foods and beverages. I always have culinary rose on hand, especially rose water, to flavor and adorn foods.

Edible Rose

Rose Hips
also known as rose haw, are the seed bearing fruit of the rose plant.

It is a natural source of vitamin C, tannins, pectins, and carotene (carotenoids), that helps boost the immune system to prevent illness.

A cup of rose tea can offers a helpful and healthy does of natural medicine. Here’s a list of its benefits [Source :: Health Mad ]

10 Extraordinary Medicinal Uses for Rose Tea

Because of the medicinal properties of rose, it is widely used in Ayurveda medicine. One cup of fresh rose hips has the equivalent amount of vitamin C in 60 oranges. Rose tea (tea made with rose petals and hips) is not a new idea. Here are 10 extraordinary health benefits of rose tea.

Why roses are considered an ideal gift to express love? There is an interesting reason for this. Roses soothe heart and emotions. They also balance the mind.

The reasons for the diuretic effects of the roses are they contain Vitamin C, pectin, malic and citric acids.

1. It clears toxins and heat from the body. As a result it has a cooling effect on the body.

2. It can relieve from sore throat, runny nose and blocked bronchial tubes

3. It is useful to people those prone to chest problems by fighting against infections

4. Rose tea helps to fight the infection in the digestive tract and re-establish the normal bacterial population of the intestines

5. It relieves fluid retention and hastens the elimination of wastes through kidneys

6. It is a wonderful remedy for dysentery, diarrhea and gastro enteritis

7. It is a laxative. It works as a remedy for all liver problems including sluggishness and constipation.

8. It cleanses the liver and gall bladder and promotes bile flow

9. Rose petal tea can be used to relieve uterine congestion causing pain and heavy periods. It is an excellent remedy for irregular periods and infertility.

10. It has an uplifting effect on the nervous system and can relieve insomnia, depression and fatigue.

Rose Petals

Before using rose petals, be certain they are suitable to put in your recipes. There are many reputable sources that carry certified organic rose petal for culinary use. Where ever you purchase your edible rose products look for certified organic products that are grown, harvested and processed without the use of pesticides, chemical fertilizers, herbicides, GMO’s, synthetic chemicals, growth agents, and free from irradiation and chemical sterilization. That said you can readily find rose products a specialty shops, gourmet markets and online.

The petals look make a beautiful presentation when used to adorn a dish.

Rose Water

A fragrant water made from distilled water and rose petals used to add an exotic taste to drink, smoothie, and other recipes. Be sure to use a light hand otherwise it can overpower your recipe. Online you can purchase rose water at Dayna’s Market .

Rose is wonderful in sweet dishes. Here is one my recipes Raspberry Tarts .

Rose To Giveaway

Leaving a comment, or answering one or both of the questions below enters you in the drawing.

How often do you use rose petals, hips, or water in recipes? I’d love to know what are your favorite ways to use rose hips, petals, and water.

At the end of this month, one of your names will be drawn from the comment section of this post. Our sponsor Mountain Rose Herbs will send a gift of rose products to the winning participant. Also, I will draw from the comments and send a bottle of rose water to one participant.

Best of luck, Happy Chinese New Year and Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

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