ROSE, Rosa species

I believe it was Shakespeare who said, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

To most all of us, when we think of a flower, we usually think of a rose. Even Isaiah, way back in the Old Testament times, said that the desert would blossom as a rose. An herb can be a flower of beauty a still be a useful herb.

It’s sad thing when we think of all roses that are grown and as the petals wilt and fall to the ground, the rose hips are usually pinched off and thrown to the ground or in the garbage. It’s true some rose hips are better than others, but they are all good. We should save those rose hips, no matter the variety. After the hips are dry, put a few under a quart jar and press down. This will smash the hips. Save them in a dark jar with the lid on tight. When you need some good tasting Vitamin C, take a heaping teaspoon to a cup of boiling water. Put the saucer over the cup and let it steep until it’s cool, strain and enjoy.

We used to have a little ranch that had hundreds if different herbs on it. There were dozens of great big wild rose bushes. Each bush was bigger than a car. They must have been real old bushes. We picked several five gallon buckets of wild rose hips and give them to some of our friends. Those who used them really loved them and became much healthier. One-time, we had to move one of these big rose bushes. We tried everything we could. We finally cut and burned it. The next year it came back, twice as big and twice as healthy.

You can use rose hips for more than just a good healthy cup of tea. In bygone centuries, before the grocery store or the supermarket, things were not easy to come by. They used rose hips to make jams, jellies, conserves, purees and to flavor wines. They were used like cranberries, to flavor meats. Roses were used in soups, pies, tarts, muffins and many more things to tickle the tummy.

Everyone knows that rose hips have a lot of vitamin C in them. They are high in vitamins A, E and rutin. They also have vitamins D, P and a lot of B complex. Hips are high in organic iron and calcium. They also have some silica, sulfur, potassium, sodium and niacin.

Rose hip tea is an excellent remedy for colds. If some rose hip tea is drunk every day, it will lessen your chances of getting a cold, or catching the flu.

Native to the Middle East, roses have been cultivated for at least 3,000 years. According to the florist, more roses are sold every year than any other flower. On the average, there are few homes that have less than six rose bushes around it.
Besides being beautiful and decorative, the rose has many functions. Rose water has been used for hundreds of years as a skin lotion because it is nourishing to the skin. Some rose petals are used as colorings for foods and perfumes. The petals of the other roses are used in medicines and syrups. The petals of yet other roses are used in cough syrups, because of their astringent qualities to overcome catarrh, phlegm and soothe a sore throat.

About the best-loved fragrance is that of the rose. Its scent is found in oils, perfumes, colognes, bath oils and soaps. It takes over 50,000 roses to make one ounce of pure rose oil.

Early herbalists used roses, as well as rose hip tea, for healing. The rose has been used for kidney stones, as a blood purifier, for dizziness, circulation, colds, fever, flu, stress, infections, headaches, emphysema, and other health problems.
One final word: If you find that aphids are getting to your roses, plant a few garlic plants around your roses and the aphids will go over to the neighbor’s for lunch.

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