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Created for Magic Unicorn Pink challenge

 

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The rose bush is a small shrub with thorny stalks and dark green leaves and soft velvety blooms. Pink roses are the roses used to make essential oils.

 

The essential oil rose is sought after for its aphrodisiac, and as a tonic for the heart and for its uplifting mental characteristics. The rose can be found worldwide, but in France, Morocco, Bulgaria, China and India it is mostly grown to produce its essential oil. The rose essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from fresh petals. It is used for its antidepressant, antiseptic, antiviral, laxative and tonic properties. Rose oil has a rich flowery aroma, and it is often blended with other essential oil such as bergamot, geranium, lavender and Roman chamomile when used in aromatherapy mixtures.

 

Roses have been a romantic symbol throughout history. It is the flower of love and marriage. It has been said that Cleopatra wore rose oil when she first met Mark Anthony to capture his love. The Romans used roses at weddings and funerals, and they scattered rose petals at banquets to prevent drunkenness. Persian Warriors are said to have adorned their shields with red roses. The rose was the symbol of many armies in medieval times. The rose has also long been used as part of mediation rituals for the monks.

 

In today’s aromatherapy it is often used for the skin, rose essential oil is good for all skin conditions, especially mature or sensitive skins. Roses play a psychological role; it has a calming effect for grief, resentment, anger and depression. Rose essential oil has a sedative effect, which aids in times of shock and bereavement. It is used to ease nervous tension and stress, and lifts the heart.

 

Also - Alex ~ Fuji and I ~ informed me - roses used to make a strong alcoholic drink in Bulgaria, similar to the raki, called "giulovica",

Thanks for that ma dear..:o)

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Taken on February 22, 2010