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HEALING HERBS: Rose much more than love symbol


HEALING HERBS: Rose much more than love symbol

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ONCE UPON A TIME in an enchanted forest called Shaft Town in Barbados, there lived a queen who was very depressed because the king was daily travelling to another palace to conduct business with a queen called Patra. 

Now whenever the king returned to the palace, he was always exhausted and neglected the palace queen and this made her unhappy.

So one morning as the queen was going about her duties and boiling a secret bush tea from a recipe named “stay home” to feed the king, unknown to her a rose petal fell into the brew. As night fell over the palace, the queen fed the king the brew and left the room.

Suddenly, she heard strange noises. When she returned to the room, the first thing she saw caused her immense happiness. Her eyes glistened and her feet wobbled. He looked stunning. 

Lo and behold, on seeing her racing to him with such vigour and glee, the king immediately fainted. Since that day, Queen Patra never received a visit from the king because he was always too exhausted to visit her. 

Now the queen, on stumbling on such a vibrant ingredient, immediately summoned the palace herbalist to tell her more about the other health benefits of rose tea, rosehip and rose oil.

What she was told impressed her and she recognised that there was more to a rose than it just being a symbol of love.

The website has revealed that rose oil can boost libido (sexual desires).

• To restore libido, use 6-8 drops in a bath, or use 2-3 drops in one ounce of carrier oil and massage on body.

• For allergies and asthma, use 3-4 drops in a diffuser or 8-10 drops in bath water regularly.

• To better bear anger, depression, grief, jealousy and resentment, use 3-4 drops in a diffuser.

• To alleviate anxiety and nervous tension, use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage on body, or add 8-10 drops to bath water.

Tea from the flowers is used to treat phthisis, haemotysis, diarrhoea and dysentery. Rosehip tea is a good source of vitamin C and thus is an excellent antioxidant. 

As time passed the queen continued to brew her stamina potions. As for the king, he adores his queen and often sits under his sycamore tree singing a famous song by Marvin Gaye and sipping his portions. And they both lived happily ever after.

Annette Maynard-Watson, a teacher and herbal educator, may be contacted via [email protected] or by telephone 250-6450.

DISCLAIMER: It is not our intention to prescribe or make specific claims for any products. Any attempts to diagnose or treat real illness should come under the direction of your health care provider.