Healing and Beauty of Roses and Lilacs

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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:

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Neighbor's flowers

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.   

 

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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.

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Pretty Roses

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.    

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Rose Petals

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?

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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

Lilac water….

In a future post, I will share about using lilac water.   

Rose water…

Also we will be sharing more about Rose water in an upcoming post.

Reflecting…

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.

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

michele August 2, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Hey Carol, Nice to have you in the flower world. Thanks for all of the additional info! Who knew? (Well, you did ;-) )
I look forward to your future posts!

Carol Giambri August 2, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Michele, I wouldn’t call myself a flower pro, but having fun taking pictures surely. Even neighbors yard. If he only knew. Thanks for sharing. I’m all about fresh: fruits/veggies/flowers. Taking weed talk this weekend with herbalist. Bet some of these can go in a flower arrangement.

Dr. Daisy August 3, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Hi Carol! Thanks for sharing about flowers..have seen some are edible, but haven't been brave enough to try them. Perhaps now after reading your post I will:) 

Elise Adams August 3, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Really enjoyed this article, Carol!  LOVE how you connected the gardening, flowers AND healthy living tips!  So down to earth and useful while being entertaining–kept me reading!  Great to see you settling into this direction–it is really fascinating!
I'll be back :-)

Carol Giambri August 3, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Dr. Daisy, thanks for your comment. If unsprayed flowers then put a few petals in your fresh salad even for beauty, but for taste yes too. They even sell packaged edible flowers for your salads–variety but pricey. I promise you will survive the test of a petal taste.

Carol Giambri August 3, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Thanks Elise. I am working hard to connect to connect my “loves” together. Taking “fresh” pictures has been so much fun. I am a down to earth person. Glad it was useful for your reading pleasure and you will be back. Yeah! I appreciate your comments. Made my day!

Kim Garst August 3, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Wow, amazing info, Carol! I had not idea that rose petals had a medicinal value. They are one of my favorite flowers and I simply had no idea. Can't wait to learn more from you!

Crissy Mohr August 3, 2011 at 5:10 pm

A very informative article! I knew rose pedals were edible but yet to try them! Maybe I will! I have an antioxident skin lotion whos smell had been unrecognizible for days! It'd been getting to me because the smell was familiar to me but I couldn't put my finger on it until two nights ago!: It smelled of roses! I LOVE using the stuff!

Alexandra McAllister August 3, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Hey Carol!
I love this article! I didn't know that some of these flowers were edible! I love roses but never knew I could eat them!
Great post and I'm looking forward to learning more of your "secrets!"

Jo Ann Laplace August 4, 2011 at 6:09 am

What a great article Carol!  The power of flowers to heal both the heart and soul are amazing.  My Grandmother had the prettiest lylic bush outside her house which always made me feel so good.  She let me pick the flowers and sometimes put them in her tea.  The old timers believed in the flower as a way to heal.  Thanks for connecting with memories and creating new thoughts, Jo Ann

Carol Giambri August 4, 2011 at 9:27 am

Hi Alexandra, I know there is an area on rose that is used for making rose hips for example; maybe other things too. I know the petals are edible but can’t speak for the rest of the plant; however in a salad the petals even if just for color is amazing. Thanks for comment/compliment. Secrets? Oh my gosh–maybe a bunch up my sleeve to be “delivered?” Remember organic when talking about eating and 50′ from traffic if possible.

Carol Giambri August 4, 2011 at 9:29 am

Thanks Jo Ann for your comments and glad I brought back some great memories. I grew up in an apartment and never was influenced by anyone but as I “grew” up I began to admire the beauty of color in flowers, clouds, fresh fruits and veggies. I think Bob Ross oil painting class helped bring that out but didn’t make me a great painter. My teacher made me look great as oil is forgiving and an oops can be turned into a “pretty.” Ah, granny put roses in tea–petals? Thanks for sharing.

Carol Giambri August 5, 2011 at 12:17 am

Hi Alexandra, Glad you loved this article and you now seeing the benefits of flowers–the rose and lilacs. Not sure if the whole rose is edible but know the petals are gorgeous in salad. Rose hip tea believe comes from that part of the plant too.

Carol Giambri August 5, 2011 at 12:19 am

Chrissy, wow skin lotion. It has to smell heavenly at your place and on your skin. I love things made with roses too. It’s a too live for experience and so refreshing. Glad you found article informative. Thank you for your comments.

Carol Giambri August 5, 2011 at 12:21 am

Thanks Kim for your comments. There are several plants that have great benefits. It’s just learning and researching the many out there. Even some weeds are great like dandelions. I’m planning on an herb walk or weed walk this weekend with friend an herbalist leading the class. I love all flowers but when they have a scent it gives them an edge. However, waking into Whole Foods is great for many reasons including my camera.

Carol Giambri August 5, 2011 at 12:24 am

Thanks Elise for sharing your comments about my post. It was fun writing about this area and hope I made an impact on many about the joy of gardening, flowers and healthy living. Yes, please come back.

Carol Giambri August 5, 2011 at 12:26 am

Dr. Daisy, Hope you have taken the leap of faith to try the rose petals. How about in a fresh salad? Thanks for sharing.

Christiane Marshall January 13, 2012 at 9:35 pm

I remember reading that rose petals are good for traumatic situations. Where do you find unsprayed roses?

Carol Giambri January 15, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Best place to find unsprayed rose petals is grow own or buy some marked in grocery store such as Whole Foods where edible flowers in packages are found….read labels Christiane.

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