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Ingredient of the day - Rosa damascena
Rose, or Rosa damascena..
Through the centuries Rose has remained one of the world’s most popular flowers. It's admired for its unique layered beauty and decadent unmistakable scent. They have long been symbolic of love and beauty. Roses and rose water were often used as legal tender during the 17th century.
But did you know that there are over 100 species and thousands of cultivars of roses. They vary in color, shape and size and all but one rose species have 5 petals. Here are some fun facts about roses, I am sure you would enjoy.
Rose petals lack the enzyme needed to create a blue pigment. That is why you will never find a blue rose at the florist. Breeders always failed to create a blue rose. However, in 2009, applying genetic engineering resulted in the world’s first blue rose.
In 2002, the miniature rose, named the “Overnight Scentsation”, took its journey to space to aid in studies regarding the effects of low gravity on the smell of the rose, and to learn how to improve the fragrances of many consumer products.
Roses are edible. Roses can be added to salads and used in desserts and cakes. Rose syrup is sometimes used to make marshmallows and is used in rose-flavored ice cream. Rose hip can be turned into jams, marmalades or it can be dried and used in the preparation of tea.
All rose species have 5 petals, except for the Rosa Sericea, which has 4 petals. The Rosa Sericea is native to the Himalayas, generally found growing at altitudes of around 1.2 – 2.4 miles. This breed of rose was introduced to Europe only in the 19th century.
The word rose comes from French, from which the word comes from the Latin rosa. When used in endearment, rosa means “love”. A red rose is a symbol of love and passion, a pink rose a symbol of happiness and yellow rose a symbol of friendship.
Rose oil is one of the most expensive in the world and very popular in high end perfumery. Extraction of minimal amount of this oil requires huge amount of roses (one gram of oil is produced from two thousand roses).
The rose hip (the fruit of the rose plant) contains high amounts of vitamin C as well as trace amounts of vitamin A and B. Rose hip is considered one of the richest plant sources of vitamin C and very popular in high end skin care. This important vitamin can help protect skin cells from damage, such as from staying out in the sun too long. The natural oils found in roses help lock moisture into the skin, keeping skin feeling smooth. It is especially beneficial for those with sensitive skin because the sugars in its petals create a soothing feeling.
Naturally antibacterial rose can help acne-prone skin. Its calming properties can also help sooth rosecea and eczema. As a natural astringent, rose helps tighten pores and restore suppleness for a glowing complexion. When used aromatically, rose calms and soothes the mind.
At Sweetsation Therapy Rosa Damascena is present in the following products: