What's in a Rose?
Hello readers! It's been awhile. To say life has been busy is an understatement. Our house went on the market in August and sold the first of September. We planned on renting for awhile until we figured out our next move. I started to panic as I could not find a house to rent that didn't smell like a mixture of smelly socks and mold or have enough space. My husband asked me to look in the paper to see if there were any listings....um yeah, ok.... As if anyone puts an ad in the paper anymore. Well there was one listing for a 3 bedroom 2 bath home in the country. We looked at it, we liked it. It was very clean, the view was beautiful and out front was a single wild red rose bush. Which was a huge sign for me. I'll come back to that in a minute. We had one other house to look at before we decided. We went and looked and it was yet another, hell no. We called the landlords of the country house...which they hate being called that...and told them yes. We started moving that next week. We downsized big time. We went from 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms to a house half the size! I loved every minute of it. I now have a fascination with living a minimalist lifestyle. Which is also a whole other blog post. We were completely exhausted and chose to hybernate and recharge. I think that, in a nut shell, brings you up to speed.
So most of my people know I have a deep love for roses. I used to hate them, I thought they were so cliche. Literally despised them. My grandmother died 3 years ago and we needed to go weed her flower beds and trim bushes because my grandpa couldn't do it anymore. As I'm trimming I realize these red rose bushes have been around for at least 16 years. Something clicked with me that day and I realized how much I loved them and needed to know everything there was to know. Now, some folks will tell you our ancestors live on through the plants. Our plantcestors, if you will. I'm not sure this is true but when I see them, she is all I think about. Which brings me back to the rose bush in my front yard. Total sign from my grandma that this was the right place for us to live.
So what's in a rose??
For one it's high in vitamin C. Vitamin C helps boost the immune system. Rose hips, which is the fruit of the rose, is generally used in order to extract large amounts of the vitamin.
It's high in polyphenols which is an antioxidant. This means it helps keep our cells clean and in turn we look and feel younger.
It's high in gallic acid which is another antioxidant that is said to have anticancer, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties.
It also aids in a healthy urinary tract, vision, and improved memory.
Rose can also help open the 4th chakra, the heart. It can help heal heart break and loneliness. Allowing for joy and happiness to enter.
Rose tea helps alleviate menstral pain and physiological symptoms of PMS. Try my Feminine Moon Tea. It's a special blend of herbs formulated to ease menstral pain, fatigue and bring overall balance back to our body. Find it here: https://www.urbanapothecaryks.com/product-page/feminine-moon-tea
I love to use rose essential oil in my skincare line to help improve the aging process and keep free radicals at bay.
I have a beautiful rose oil with organic wild rose petals, organic coconut oil, organic almond oil, organic rose hip oil. and wild rose essential oil. For use on your entire body, even your hair. Find it here:
I personally think the rose called out to me in a time of personal growth and healing. Roses have been gifted to me also by my mom and mother in law. They often top my soaps and add the finishing touches to my products. I will forever have a deep connection for the wild rose as I do for the strong women who grow and gift them.
"For the rose is like a woman, soft, fragrant, and velvety, but also a thorn in your side."
Happy Valentine's Day,