I love roses! They are my favorite flowers and odor. To look at a rose – it’s never ever boring for me.
There is this shining red -light or dark- color, the abundance of blossoms, the majesty and weakness at the same time and all legends and fairy tales. Wow!
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s “Le petit prince” had a rose as his muse. He pampered her with water, love and attention. During is journey through the galaxy he met other roses. But he believed in a deep relationship with HIS rose. “You’re beautiful, but you’re empty” …he said to the other roses…
“One couldn’t die for you. Of course, an ordinary passerby would think my rose looked just like you. But MY rose, all on her own, is more important than all of you together, since she’s the one I’ve watered. Since she’s the one I put under glass, since she’s the one I sheltered behind the screen. Since she’s the one for whom I killed the caterpillars (except the two or three butterflies). Since she’s the one I listened to when she complained, or when she boasted, or even sometimes when she said nothing at all. Since she’s my rose.”
Beautiful! Unconditional rose love.
When I meditate I often see a rose in my heart. Once more I received this picture from an eye-deeksha during an Oneness meditation. I startled – it’s a bit crazy to SEE clearly non-existing things, but a second later I smiled and enjoyed it! To have a rose in your heart – isn’t it a nice idea?
Also in the classical repertoire, which I sing, the beautiful rose plays an important roll. French romantic songs are full of roses, butterflies, fountains, trees and mosses. The composers love to create a sweet atmosphere with symbolic language.
Here the beginning of the song “La rose” from Gabriel Fauré (1845 – 1924).
Je dirai la rose aux plis gracieux. La rose est le souffle embaumé des Dieux, Le plus cher souci des Muses divines.
I shall speak of the Rose with its graceful folds. The Rose is the embalmed breath of the Gods, the dearest care of the divine Muses!
A breath of god, graceful folds and divine muses- yeah definitely divine if I look at my pictures from a Rosarium garden I visited in The Hague, Netherlands and Sangerhausen, Germany. They both hold a big collection of every kind of color, form and odor. Strolling around in the garden makes me very quiet and opens up my senses…smelling, touching, and seeing…a miracle of nature.
To bring this flower into your home I’d like to suggest you 10 different ways: Use the petals or if very tiny the whole blossom, and look for rose hips in your neighborhood.
- Use rosewater in your dishes, especially lemonades
- Use rose oil for your oil burner, it changes your home into a romance
- Sprinkle your bathtub with rose petals and surprise someone
- Press the petals, decorate a post card and send it to friends and family
- Put it in your favorite jam, oil or vinegar, it adds a flowery sweet taste
- Decorate a pie or chocolate with roses, nobody will resist it
- Freeze roses with ice cubes, it looks so pretty
- Make a rose body whip by blending avocado, lemon and rose petals
- Make a rose petal punch for a late night barbecue
- Harvest rose hips and dry it – it’s a delicious fruity tea for two during cold days!
A lovely recipe to get you started.
This elixir combines both flower and fruit of the rose plant to enjoy the full spectrum of the plant.
First, you make a rose hip vinegar:
- ½ liter or 2 cups of apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup of fresh large fleshy rose hips, seeds removed
In a large jar, place the rose hips and cover with apple cider vinegar. Use a jar with non-metal lid, as vinegar is corrosive, remember?
Let steep for 6 weeks. Strain. Use the picled rose hips as a condiment in a salad or in soup.
This vinegar can be used on any vegetable, or you can combine it with rose petal honey for the elixir:
Then, you can make your rose petal honey:
- 1 cup raw, unheated honey
- 1 cup fresh fragrant rose petals
Place the flower petals in a clean, dry glass jar. Cover with honey. (If your honey is too crystallized, place the honey in the sunlight or near your stove, but never warm it above 40 degree Celsius.)
Use chopsticks to remove any air bubbles. Let steep for 4 to 6 weeks, stirring regularly. Make sure all petals are covered with honey all the time. After 6 weeks, your rose petal honey is ready. You can use it as a sweetener for herbal tea or other things, or you can use it to make your rose elixir:
Finally, you can now make your rose elixir:
- 1 tablespoon of rose hip vinegar
- 1 tablespoon of rose petal honey
- 1 cup of water
Combine the three ingredients and stir well. Best if ingested on an empty stomach.
P.S. some advice for gathering rose petals and rose hips in the wild or in your garden, and yes: you can use any rose variety. There aren’t any toxic ones. But there are a few things you need to know.
- Some rose varieties are selected because they have a unique colour, because their flowers keep long in a vase, or because the flower for a long period of time. No scent = no flavor.
- Don’t use roses you got from the flower shop. They are sprayed with hair spray to keep them look good for a longer time. Hair spray in your food is not a good idea!
- In the same category: don’t use roses from your garden if you spray them. Have aphids? Use stinging nettle infusion to remove them. Mildew? Spray it away with field horsetail. Yes, rose lovers: those noxious weeds can save your roses bushes’ life (and yours too, by the way).
- Pick roses after 24 hours of sunny weather, after the morning dew has gone. This will give maximum aroma and taste.
- Process them straight away, to ensure a maximum amount of volatile oils and flavour.