Have you ever taken a ride and said wow look at those flowers? Did you stop? Did you smell them? The advantage of taking a bike ride is that you can get off your bike fast. Many people drive so they have to park. Let's assume there is parking places close by. Look what you may see:
I live in a country setting and five minutes from the city. I have the best of both worlds although I am still a city girl at heart. I grew up in New York City where traffic and lots of people were natural. Here I hardly see anyone in my local area outside. My neighbors are mules, donkeys or horses on each side. We are here with our dog in between these big animals. We do have a few visitors strolling this peaceful neighborhood. They usually stop at the house next door to admire what you see below.
More of Neighbor's flowers
Just looking at these flowers can be uplifting. I do miss seeing lilacs and roses there. Lilacs have a short growing season here in Colorado. Roses have a longer growing season and hardly any rose bushes in my neighborhood.
Right now I am dreaming of the fragrances of lilacs and roses. Can you smell them as you read this? Have you tried putting dried petals in your linen closet? The aroma is amazing. Lilacs are amazing too. My lilacs look like trees. They come in many colors but deep purple and pink are some of my favorite ones. When you smell lilacs it's like taking a trip to heaven and back.
There are many different varieties of roses. In Longmont, Colorado, Roosevelt Park has over 2,000 rose bushes of which 190 rose types are represented. It's free to go to the park. Walk around and enjoy like I have done.
The Denver Botanic Gardens is another great place to see roses. They are everywhere–especially in the May Bonfils-Stanton Memorial Rose Garden. There is a charge to be an admirer of beauty there.
It's amazing to see how well both places are maintained and the beautiful colors that add great landscape to the area. Remember to bring your camera and extra batteries.
Do you know Rose petals can be used ….
- As diuretic relieving excessive fluids from urinary bladder
- Helps get rid of the waste and toxic substances in the body– through the kidney
- Helps alleviate insomnia, depression and fatigue
- As a tea cleanses toxins and heat from the body
Next time you see petals realize they have do lots of great value to your body.
I love shopping at the health foods store looking for cosmetics that have rose in their ingredient list. 100% pure is only what you want. The heavenly rose smell comes by steam distilling of roses called rose water. It also tastes great.
However, I still read the label and all the ingredients in an item. Normally if I can't pronounce a word I don't buy the item.
How about putting some petals in your fresh salad? They are edible. I suggest unsprayed ones. Guess whose salad is below?
Where's the petals? My garden salad with home grown orange tomato and cucumber
Do you know Lilacs ….
- Help you relax
- Fights parasitic intestinal worms
- Good for rashes, minor cuts, sunburns and cuts
In a future post, I will share about using lilac water.
Also we will be sharing more about Rose water in an upcoming post.
Flowers are not just flowers sitting on a stem or branch but have beauty and sometimes medicinal uses. Regardless many flowers have a heavenly scent. Next time you are on your bike, in a car or walking how about stopping to smell the roses or even lilacs.
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Carol Giambri is an expert in back to basics healthy living, loves eating and writing on areas that impact healthy living. From gardening, to worm composting, which is a new desire to learn more about, gardening, eating, aging, homemade cleaning products, eating edible weeds, coaching programs, speaking, writing, traveling, 2 time manufacturer, city transplant to the country living, writing copy (looking to expand her services), green/recycle talk, owning dogs for over 40 years and married almost that long, she brings together the joy of simply living to live. She's your encourager too. Carol plans to write several books on healthy living as well as a pet book where her heart still remains having seen so many go to heaven.