Roses are not only considered the most romantic flower; they are also said to comfort the heart and emotions. They are usually irresistible and one is ever so tempted to smell every single one as you pass by.
Ancient healing traditions will tell you that Rose clears heat and toxins from the body resulting in a cooling effect, can benefit a sore throat and runny nose, and relieves painful periods. It also contains high levels of Vitamin C, helps the body fight against infection, helps establish healthy bacteria, helps cleans the kidneys, liver and gall bladder, helps remedy gastro, diarrhoea and dysentery, works as a laxative, helps infertility and has a positive effect on the nervous system therefore helps fatigue, insomnia and depression.
When combined with the more widely known benefits of ginger the rose also boosts the immune system, and treats colds, chest infections, digestive disorders, nausea and joint pain and what’s more it tastes good.
Recipe for rose petal and ginger tea
1x1cm cube of fresh ginger peeled and thinly sliced or finely grated
1 dried rose bud or a couple of rose petals
1 cup boiling water. Steep for 5 minutes
Let the tea cool slightly before serving in your favourite tea-cup or a tall glass.