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Health Benefits of the White Rose

The origin of the rose as we know it is in Asia, more precisely in China 5 thousand years ago. However, there are fossil records over 35 million years old.

One of the most popular flowers in the world, the rose is associated with love. From Venus (the Roman goddess of love and beauty), the song “As Rosas Não Falam”, by the master Cartola, there are many references to the flower in music and literature. But, the flower has other symbolisms expressed by the colors, check it out:

  • White: peace, humility;
  • Champagne: admiration;
  • Pale tones: brotherhood, friendship, fidelity;
  • Light pink : sympathy;
  • Dark pink : gratitude;
  • Red: passion, love;
  • Yellow: joy;
  • Lilac: respect.

The Greek poet Sappho chose the rose as the “queen of flowers”. His compatriots used the flower in decoration, in immersion baths and to ward off tiredness. Egyptians, Babylonians and Assyrians also enjoyed the flower’s beauty and aroma. The rose was also admired by the nobility. The collection of the Empress Josephine had in the Chateu of Malmaison, her private garden was the largest in Europe, ending in 1814 with her death.

ROSE SPECIES

There are about 126 types. The species Rosa gigantea and Rosa chinensis appeared in China in the 18th century. However, the pink species (Rosa x grandiflora) belonging to the Rosaceae family is considered the most important. All species of the Rosaceae family have a strong fragrance and flavor. Know the characteristics of the types of roses.

  1. rose chinensis

From the Rosaceae family , Rosa chinensis is also known as mini rose and mini rose bush. Measures between 20 to 40 cm in height. Cultivation is in pots or beds, as long as it is in a tropical climate. Flowering occurs mainly in spring and summer. Its flowers can be pink, red, yellow or white.

  • rose x grandiflora

Also from Rosaceae, Rosa x grandiflora is of Asian origin. It measures up to 1.5 meters and flowering occurs year-round. The flowers are large and thrive best in mild climates, but withstand the sun. Species arising from crosses between various types. It is the best-selling type of rose.

  • Shrubs

From the Rosaceae family , the shrub rose has large petals and the shrub measures up to 2 meters. It prefers a temperate climate, but adapts to all climates. Flowering occurs year-round, as long as it receives 6 hours of sun a day and receives fertilization with bone meal.

  • creepers

A shrub of the Rosaceae family this species beautifies walls, walls and porticoes. It needs to be tied together to look like a vine. It thrives in all types of climate and needs soil rich in organic matter.

HOW TO GROW ROSES?

Rose bushes withstand extremes of weather. The requirements for cultivation of not differ from other flowers. The planting of roses can be done by seeds, they need at least 6 hours of sunlight per day, temperature between 25º and 30º, clayey-sandy soil, well drained, deep and with a pH between 6 and 6.5.

To measure pH, purchase pH measurement kits from specialist garden stores. It should be planted in a 30 x 30 hole with a depth of 35 or 40 cm. They do not proliferate in overly humid soil and need to be fertilized with 15 or 20 liters of manure.

HEALTH PROPERTIES OF THE WHITE ROSE

The Greeks used roses to combat physical and mental fatigue. For Ayurvedic Medicine, the flower improves the functioning of the heart and nervous system. Also according to her, eating fresh petals increases sexual desire. Although all colors have qualities, the white rose ( Rosa Alba L.) has more medicinal properties. White rose tea is the best way to enjoy them. If you love teas, check out what the drink does for your health.

  • skin cleansing

Making your skin beautiful is one of the benefits of white rose tea. This property is explained by the antioxidants vitamin A and vitamin E. They scavenge free radicals that accelerate skin aging. Washing your face every day with this tea moisturizes, prevents allergies, tones and protects your skin from the sun. To make white rose tea, place 20 petals in boiling water and use when cool.

  • Moisturizes the lips

Dry white rose tea with honey leaves lips more hydrated, especially in winter. Prepare as explained above and add 3 tablespoons of honey. Apply to lips at night, as this way the skin absorbs more of the rose’s properties. Do it daily until you notice the hydration of the lips.

  • Strengthens the immune system

Raw petals are rich in vitamin C, polyphenols and antioxidants such as gallic acid. These substances are some of the most powerful antioxidants. With its presence, the body is free from free radicals. The cleansing promoted by vitamin C prevents bone, cardiovascular, degenerative diseases and cancer.

  • Alleviates menstrual cramps

Drinking white rose tea for 6 months reduces the incidence and intensity of colic. The drink also eases PMS mood swings.

  • Helps treat discharge

Some discharges are normal, others are inflammation caused by bacteria and fungi. Candidiasis, caused by antibiotics, stress and diabetes that alter the candida fungus is one of the most common discharges. White rose tea for discharge is efficient due to its anti-inflammatory action. To do this, place the tea in a sterilized bowl and leave the vagina in contact for up to 20 minutes. But it is always good to talk to the doctor before this vaginal wash.

  • Helps in the treatment of uterine inflammation

White rose tea for inflammation in the uterus is a natural and safe alternative to treat the problem. Even without contraindications, the woman should consult a gynecologist before consuming the tea. With the green light, 3 daily doses of the drink are enough.

  • White rose tea helps you get pregnant

Before becoming pregnant, it is necessary to take tests to investigate possible fertility problems in the couple. If everything is OK, the white rose tea cleans the uterus, giving a little extra strength to the pregnancy.

  • Relieves urinary infection symptoms

It attacks any organ of the urinary system (bladder, urethra, ureters and kidneys), causing back pain, fever and vomiting. White rose tea for urinary tract infection is efficient, however, it does not dispense with the use of antibiotics. The beverage should only be consumed with medical approval.

  • slim down

White rose tea slims as it is a diuretic. This feature facilitates the release of toxins from the liver and gallbladder through the urine. The accumulation of fluid in the body causes abdominal bloating and cellulite. What’s more, tea also stimulates the growth of good bacteria in the intestine, which also helps with weight loss.

  • Improves eye irritations

The last property of white rose tea is to alleviate conjunctivitis and other allergies. Make compresses every 2 hours with the 10-petal white tea. It is worth remembering that medical authorization is required for this treatment.

ROSE RECIPES

In addition to tea, you can make delicious sweets with the flower. Check out 4 delicious recipes with roses and surprise yourself.

ROSE JELLY

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of pink, red or yellow petals;
  • Juice of a lemon;
  • 2 cups of water tea;
  • 2 cups of sugar tea.

preparation mode

Put all ingredients in a pan. Stir continuously to avoid sticking. The jelly will be ready when it gets thick. Allow it to cool, place the jelly in the glass jars and store in the fridge.

ROSE PETAL CAKE

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of rose petals, one white and one white;
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon zest;
  • 2 cups of wheat flour;
  • 1 dessert spoon of baking powder;
  • 4 eggs;
  • 4 tablespoons of butter;
  • 1 can of heavy cream;
  • 2 cups of sugar.

preparation mode

Separate the yolks from the whites. Place the egg whites in the small bowl of an electric mixer and the yolks in the larger one. Beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt. Beat egg yolks with sugar and butter until smooth. Add the flour and cream and beat a little more. Add the whites to the yolk mixture and beat with your hands. Add the zest and petals and stir slowly until incorporated. Transfer to a pan with a hole in the middle, greased with butter and floured. Bake for 30 minutes in a low oven.

MUHALBIYAH (ARABIC PUDDING)

Ingredients

  • ½ cups of rose water;
  • 5 tablespoons of cornstarch;
  • ½ cup of sugar;
  • ½ cup of powdered milk;
  • 3 ½ cups of water.

Preparation mode

First, make the rose water. To do this, put a cup of petals and a cup of boiling water in a glass pot. Place a plate over the pot and, after 30 minutes, transfer the liquid to a jar.

Put the water and other ingredients in a pan. Stir with a wooden spoon until you get a homogeneous mass. When boiling, cook for 2 minutes. When cool, place the cream in 8 cups, refrigerate and leave for 2 hours.

ROSE WATER BRIGADEIRO

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon of rose water;
  • 50 grams of white chocolate;
  • 1 can of condensed milk;
  • 50 ml of heavy cream;
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter;
  • 1 drop of pink food coloring.

Preparation mode

Mix the ingredients in a pan until you get a brigadeiro point. Transfer to a buttered container. Shape the brigadeiros and spread them in colored chocolate sprinkles.

The benefits of rose petals are poorly publicized. At most, some people know that you can eat the petals. Try to include roses in your diet! Eat the petals, drink the tea and use rose water in your recipes.

What did you think of the properties of rose petals? Leave your opinion and delight yourself with the aroma and taste of curiosities about healthy eating.

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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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