Roses Of Love And Beauty

The red rose symbolizes Love ~

Red rose - a favorite.
Red rose - a favorite. | Source

Give to me a red red rose ~

The ancient ones knew about the powerful energies of the rose. Since ancient times the rose has been used in medicines for it's beneficial properties -- it also has always been appreciated for the beautiful and romantic fragrance and sometimes intoxicating aroma.

Who can resist such a lovely, heavenly fragrance? Walk through an Old-World rose garden with someone you are attracted to and love will certainly bloom. How can it not in the presence of such beauty? Robert Burns knew well that 'love is like a red red rose'. His poem is timeless and still given or recited to a beloved today as a special gift along with a red rose, the symbol of love. The fragrance alone can sometimes turn one's thoughts to love and romantic interludes.

The rose, especially a deep red with potent fragrance, is the epitome of erotica in art, poems, and expressions of love.

Rose Hips ~

When a rose has been left on it's stem on the bush a fruit-like bulb will begin to grow just under where the petals of the rose have dropped off. In fact this is called the fruit of the rose plant. These are referred to as rose hips or rose haw. They begin to form on the stem in spring and are not fully ripe till late summer or early autumn.

Rose hips are edible and can be used to make herbal tea, jam, jelly, syrup, soup, beverages, pies, bread, wine, and marmalade. One must be careful though to follow a trusted recipe. They can be eaten like a berry if care is used to avoid the fine hairs inside the fruit. The rose hip is high in vitamin C.

Rose hips ~

Rose hips, rosa canina, can be used for tea or in a potpourri.
Rose hips, rosa canina, can be used for tea or in a potpourri. | Source

Dried Roses ~

Miniature roses or petals from larger roses make excellent potpourris. The more fragrant the rose, the more enjoyable the scent of the potpourri will be. I have some potpourris that are several years old and still retain their lovely fragrance.

To make a potpourri I dry rose petals, English lavender flowers and some bright green rose leaves in a basket. I make sure to gently shake the basket a few times each day until everything is very dry. Adding a little salt will help keep any moisture from ruining the mix. Sometimes I will add any available tiny white or pink flowers to brighten up the mix. Adding a little orris root powder will prolong the life of the potpourri. Orris root powder can be purchased from an herbal shop.

I place this mix, when completely dry, into a pretty glass or ceramic container that has a lid. This is when I add the orris root powder and, if needed, a drop or two of essential oil of rose or lavender. Essential oils are very potent, so use them with caution -- too much can be overwhelming. Also, be careful not to get any of the oil on your skin. The oil is strong and could cause an allergic reaction.

I have a rose and lavender potpourri that is 32 years old and still has a lovely, delicate fragrance. I keep it on a table in my hallway and open the box occasionally for a few hours to let the fragrance drift about. The scent creates a very nostalgic feeling. I freshen up the scent every few years by adding a tiny drop of essential oil.

Woman making potpourri ~

Painting of a woman making potpourris by Herbert James Draper, 1897
Painting of a woman making potpourris by Herbert James Draper, 1897 | Source

Dried rose petals ~

Dried rose petals make a great potpourii.
Dried rose petals make a great potpourii. | Source

Roses in the bath ~

When it comes to nurturing ones' self, the best way for a woman to give herself a gift of love is to float fragrant rose petals in the bathwater and sink into a glorious sensation of beauty. When I do this for myself, I feel so good, so romantic and loved and it calms me, soothes me.

I have beautiful dreams after a rose petal bath. I sometimes even spread fresh rose petals on my bed sheet before retiring. Having the soft velvet petals touch my skin is a very sensuous and delightful way to bring on a good night -- whether alone or with a beloved.

Another excellent way to take advantage of rose petals is to fill your bathroom basin with hot water, add rose petals and English lavender flowers then put a towel over your head, bend over the basin and make a tent to trap the steam, and let the fragrance and soothing steam bathe your face in luxury. This is very good and calming for stressed skin and makes one feel like they are literally glowing with beauty and love.

Fresh rose petals are wonderful in a bath ~

Rose petals for a fragrant bath.
Rose petals for a fragrant bath. | Source

A Token of my Love

A red red rose I give to you, a token of my love
Be kind to it, let it not wilt, for it comes from my heart
The rose touches me gently, petals in the warm waters
I sink down into the fragrance, as the petals caress me

With velvety softness of deep red they gather round me
Tis but your love that ever surrounds me with your amatory embrace
Enfold me then in arms so safe and strong, gently let me sink
Into your mood, into your heart, to lie in the heavenly fragrance

Of love so divine, of petals so soft, that take me away
Take me with you to gardens of beauty beyond all senses
Let me soar and fly ever higher with this token of love
Then give to me a red red rose, from the petals of your heart

- Phyllis Doyle Burns

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Senoritaa 4 years ago

Such a beautiful hub on the king of flowers -- the red rose, and the pictures are awesome.


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Phyllis Doyle 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Senoritaa, thank you so much for stopping by and for your lovely comment.

Happy New Year to you.


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Cresentmoon2007 4 years ago from Caledonia, MI

A wonderful hub. The poem was lovely as well as the information. Voted up.


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Phyllis Doyle 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Cresentmoon, thank you so much. I am happy you liked it.


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sligobay 4 years ago from east of the equator

Best wishes for the New Year of 2012 and may it deliver to you all of your heart's desire. Edible rose hips are news to me. And so you can taste the rose, touch its velvety petals and talon-like thorns, inhale its intoxicating fragrance and admire its perfectly formed flower. The next thing you'll be telling us is that there is a song of the rose to which our ears can also delight. Your writing and poem are sheer delight in the midst of useful applications of the rose for potpourri and beauty treatment and aphrodisiac. Were there people around 30 million years ago when the first rose took bloom?


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Phyllis Doyle 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

30? That must be a mis-print. I will check it out.


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Phyllis Doyle 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

There! Hope that reads much better.


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Phyllis Doyle 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Thank you, dear Gerry for stopping by and for noticing the error I made so I could fix that. Yes, rose hips are edible, not that I would eat them. This does not in any way diminish your lovely poem. Your poem is still as beautiful as when I first read it. Besides not many people eat or even like rose hips. I have read that the rose petals are also edible, but, I think they are put to better use in the bath or on the sheets, or a sensuous poem like yours.

All the best to you now and the whole year through. May this year bring you all you desire and more, with many blessings.

Thank you for the comments.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Thank you Phyllis for this beautiful, beautiful hub.

Voting up.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Phyllis.. What a beautiful poem.. and ROSES red red roses.. always so beautiful.. this cheered me up today.. so beautiful

I voted up and beautiful

Debbie


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Beautiful hub, I love roses too. I'm going to take your advise and find herb shop here.


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Phyllis Doyle 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Movie Master, thank you so much for stopping by, the vote and your lovely comment.

Deborah Brooks, I am so glad you enjoyed the hub. Thank you for the votes and and comment. Glad it cheered you up.

writer20, you will be very happy with a red rose potpourri, I am sure. Thank you for stopping by and for your comment.


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voodoo123 4 years ago from Provo, Utah,United States

nice hub i loved it beautiful as when I first read it Sometimes I will add tiny white or pink flowers to brighten up the mix.


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Phyllis Doyle 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

voodoo123, thank you for stopping by and reading my hub and for the comment.


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radhikasree 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

Roses give such a great visual treat and they are ever loved. The pictures and the poem have inspired me a lot. Great hub!


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Phyllis Doyle 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Thank you so much radhikasree. Yes, it seems like everyone loves roses. It is good to have you stop by.


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Phyllis Doyle 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

This hub was inspired by Sligobay's beautiful hub "Tastes of Rose' Wine and Song of the Rose".

My poem is dedicated to all romantic lovers and to my own love whom I hope to find some day, somewhere.


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voodoo123 4 years ago from Provo, Utah,United States

Rose or blush wines are generally thought of as a bit lame in everyday circles. It's what you drink if you're a wine novice particularly if you're female. It's thought of as being cheap and sweet. I don't know why. Maybe historically choice of blush wines was limited but hand on heart I think there are bad reds whites and pinks out there but bottle for bottle far fewer bad pinks


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Phyllis Doyle 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Voodoo, I fail to see what that has to do with my hub -- but, I thank you for the return visit.

I do not know what circles you inhabit, but a good Rose' or Blush is very popular with the elite where I came from in the Pacific Northwest. It was served at all the societal fundraiser dinners and auctions. I liked the Skagit Blush which was very popular. I no longer drink any wines or alcohol, but do remember that the Blush had a nice delicate taste, not sweet.


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sligobay 4 years ago from east of the equator

Hi Phyllis: Thanks for the complimentary reference to my Hub. That's probably why your last commenter talked about wine.


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Phyllis Doyle 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Oh ... well, that makes sense now that I think about it. Hope all is well with you, Gerry my luv, am sending thoughts and hugs!!!


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voodoo123 4 years ago from Provo, Utah,United States

Hello Doyle i know that good Rose' or Blush is very popular with the elite where I came from in the Pacific Northwest.


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Phyllis Doyle 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Ah! You came back - thank you, voodoo123. Do you like a Rose' or Blush? What is your favorite wine and your favorite rose flower? I prefer red or yellow roses.


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voodoo123 4 years ago from Provo, Utah,United States

Thanks Doyle I grew up with the taste of my grandfather's rose wine (from the flowers he grew himself) - the smell was wonderful and the Yellow Rose will surely be a memorable one! for me.


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Phyllis Doyle 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

I tried to make wine once and it turned out yucky. Guess it takes a lot of practice. Yellow roses are symbolic of friendship.


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

This is a beautful poem. Love intertwined between lovely words from your heart. Loved it. Voted up.


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Phyllis Doyle 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Vellur, thank you so much for the visit and the votes. I think roses inspire many to think of love. I am glad you loved the poem.


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Phyllis Doyle 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

I received a red rose today from a dear friend. He attached a note saying he loves my poem. I shed tears of joy over such a thoughtful and sweet show of friendship.

The red rose is such a beautiful symbol of love.


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voodoo123 4 years ago from Provo, Utah,United States

The power of red rose is very strong and also red rose adding a tiny drop of essential oil.Thanks for great post


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Phyllis Doyle 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Thank you, voodoo, for stopping by and for your comment. I appreciate your visit.


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voodoo123 4 years ago from Provo, Utah,United States

Enjoyed it so very much as I do with everything you write. Voted up and straight across!


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Phyllis Doyle 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Thank you, voodoo123. I appreciate your visit and comment.


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Alex Jose 4 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

loved your hub truly....


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Phyllis Doyle 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Thank you very much, Alex Jose. I appreciate you visit and the comment.

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