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The Rose

13th February 2013
Anthia Koullouros

One of most favourite blogs ever written was about The Rose. What other symbol so perfectly encapsulates all that is feminine, delicate, tender and romantic?

The Rose is the symbol of love and the chosen symbol of Ovvio. It adorns our packaging and our new organic hemp and cotton tea towel.

We wanted to share a little botanical love on our blog, highlighting the therapeutic aspects of the rose, it’s origins and cultural significance.

History of the Rose – taken from Mrs Grieve’s Book

“The birthplace of the cultivated Rose was probably Northern Persia, on the Caspian, or Faristan on the Gulf of Persia. Thence it spread across Mesopotamia to Palestine and across Asia Minor to Greece. And thus it was that Greek colonists brought it to Southern Italy. It is beyond doubt that the Roses used in ancient days were cultivated varieties. Horace, who writes at length on horticulture, gives us an interesting account of the growing of Roses in beds. Pliny advises the deep digging of the soil for their better cultivation. In order to force their growth, it was the practice to dig a ditch round the plants and to pour warm water into the ditch just as the rose-buds had formed.

The voluptuous Romans of the later Empire made lavish use of the blossoms of the Rose. Horace enjoins their unsparing use at banquets, when they were used not only as a means of decoration, but also to strew the floors, and even in winter the luxurious Romans expected to have petals of roses floating in their Falernian wine. Roman brides and bridegrooms were crowned with roses, so too were the images of Cupid and Venus and Bacchus. Roses were scattered at feasts of Flora and Hymen, in the paths of victors, or beneath their chariot-wheels, or adorned the prows of their war-vessels. Nor did the self-indulgent Romans disdain to wear rose garlands at their feasts, as a preventive against drunkenness. To them, the Rose was a sign of pleasure, the companion of mirth and wine, but it was also used at their funerals.”

What’s in a rose?

The essential oil to which the perfume of the Rose is due is found in both flowers and leaves, sometimes in one, sometimes in both, and sometimes in neither, for there are also scentless roses. In the flower, the petals are the chief secreting part of the blossom, though a certain amount of essential oil resides in the epidermal layers of cells, both surfaces of the petals being equally odorous and secretive. An examination of the stamens, which are transformed into petals in the cultivated roses, shows that the epidermal cells also contain essential oil.

The healing power of the rose – taken from Rose Magazine

The use of the rose is far and varied. It has a long history in its use in folk remedies, especially in the area of skincare. It is suitable for all skin types, but it is especially valuable for dry, sensitive or aging skins. It has a tonic and astringent effect on the capillaries just below the skin surface, which makes it useful in diminishing the redness caused by enlarged capillaries. It is important to ensure that the product contains the genuine natural rose oil.

Many manufacturers label their products containing rose essence but it could be synthetic. Synthetic rose ingredients have no therapeutic value at all! Remember, with authentic rose oil, a little goes a long way. Certainly rosewater is a less expensive way to provide skincare. It is very soothing to irritated skin. It is also a tonic and antiseptic. Rosewater has been shown to be very valuable as an antiseptic in eye infections.

At Ovvio we have sourced and bottled the best certified organic Rose otto hydrosol from Bulgaria. Available in store only.

The rose also offers a soothing property to the nerves and emotional /psychological state of mind. It is regarded as a mild sedative and anti-depressant. It is increasingly used in treatments for conditions of stress: nervous tension, peptic ulcers, heart disease, among others. There is indication that rose essence may also positively influence digestion, bile secretion, womb disorders and circulation. In addition, a tea made with rose petals (pour 150 ml of boiling water over 1 /2 grams of rose petals) often soothes a mild sore throat.

Rose hips (the flowers which have swollen to seed) are an excellent source of vitamins A, B3, C, D and E. They also contain bioflavonoids, citric acid, flavonoids, fructose, malic acid, tannins and zinc. Taken in the form of tea they are good for infections, particularly bladder infections. Rose hip tea is also used in the treatment of diarrhea. It is an especially good source of vitamin C. 

Organic Rose petals and Rosehips are available from our Ovvio Store only.

Ovvio Organic Teas with divine organic rose petals include:

NO: 85 FLOURISH ORGANIC TEA

Like a flurry of confetti, these pretty flowers add a blush to the cheeks and inspire the feeling of first love. Organic ingredients: Rose petal, Vanilla bean, Elderflower, Hibiscus flower.

NO: 51 RASPBERRY ROSE TONIC ORGANIC TEA

This tea embodies all that is feminine, delicate and nurturing. Become exquisitely poised. Organic ingredients: Raspberry leaf, Rose petal, Linden flower. Caffeine free.

NO: 80 SPRING DAY ELDERFLOWER ORGANIC TEA

Emerge from hibernation bright-eyed and clear-headed. Greet the new season with a pot of springtime blossoms. Organic ingredients: Lemon myrtle, Linden, Peppermint, Eyebright, Elderflower, Chamomile, Rose. Caffeine free.

NO: 03 FRENCH GREY ORGANIC TEA

A perfect afternoon tea with an air of effortless sophistication. Organic ingredients: Black Ceylon orange pekoe black tea leaf, Bergamot essential oil, Lavender flower, Rose petal, Orange segment.