Why are Roses Known as the Flower of Love?
Nothing says “I love you” more than a single red rose.
But, have you ever wondered why, of all the blossoms in the world, the rose became the symbol for love? It turns out, our romance with the rose stretches far back into history and mythology.
Not only that, but roses are good for more than just a healthy romance. These fragrant flowers have a bunch of health benefits, both physical and mental.
So, let’s take a rose-scented wander through history and find out exactly why roses are so beloved, and why they are a prized ingredient in perfumes and skincare to this day.
As with many a story, we start at the very beginning, with the origins of the rose itself. Although it’s commonly believed that humans began cultivating red roses in their gardens around 5000 years ago, the magnificent rose has been around for a wee bit longer – 35 million years longer, actually!
Even long before Shakespeare started musing upon the flower (“a rose by any other name would smell as sweet”), this beautiful bloom was considered exceptional. It begins in the ancient times of Greek mythology, which states that Aphrodite (the goddess of love) created the red rose. It was, rather dramatically, watered by her tears along with the blood of her fallen lover, Adonis.
The rose continued its rise to stardom in Roman mythology. This time it was Venus (also a goddess of love and desire) who was enamoured with the bloom. Apparently, wealthy Romans would fill their bedrooms and layer their beds with rose petals to make a romantic haven for their amorous activities.
A Rose-Tinted History
The rose featured in Christianity after becoming the symbol of the Virgin Mary. According to the bible, the Garden of Eden was blooming with thornless rose bushes.
Roses aren’t only mentioned in Western history. They feature in many Eastern records too. Roses were first grown in Chinese gardens 5000 years ago, and many Eastern cultures and religions connect the blooms with romance.
For example, in Hindu philosophy, Lord Vishnu’s wife, the Goddess Laxmi, was created from 108 large rose petals and 1008 small ones.
Throughout history, roses continued to symbolise love and romance, with literature greats and poets from far and wide professing their beauty.
The Language Of Roses
You may already understand some of the language of roses.
You know that red roses represent love and may be aware that yellow roses signify friendship, but the language was far more complex in Victorian times.
They used floriography to give meaning to each shade of every flower.
Because it wasn’t the done thing to publicly express romantic feelings, the presentation of a red rose was an appropriate way to tell someone you thought they were pretty special and is still reflected in our modern culture.
The Benefits Of Roses
Roses are central ingredient in a large number of skincare products and perfumes, for very good reason.
Going back to ancient times, roses are one of the most popular medicinal plants on the planet. They were used for everything from curing headaches and calming an upset tummy to easing the discomfort of muscle pain.
The magic lies mostly in the rose hips, the “fruit” of the rose. These have been proven to offer benefits as an antidepressant, an aphrodisiac, and an antibacterial solution.
Some studies have even shown that merely inhaling a rose’s scent can relieve anxiety and depression, and help the mind and body relax.
In skincare, roses offer some particularly useful benefits, such as:
Antioxidants – roses and rose water provide potent antioxidants that can promote healthy skin.
Hydration – there’s plenty of moisture packed into a rose, which can be an excellent remedy for dry skin.
Reduction of wrinkles – bursting with Vitamins A and C, rose as an ingredient can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and age spots.
Reduce redness – with some great anti-inflammatory credentials, roses can help to reduce the appearance of redness and soothe irritated skin. Rose is a common ingredient in treatments for rosacea and eczema.
Antibacterial – looking for a gentle cleanser to fight the bacteria that causes pimples? Rose cleanses and disinfect while soothing the irritation and redness caused by acne.
Mood-boosting – the intoxicating aroma of rose can promote positivity and help to reduce feelings of anxiety
Giving A Rosey Gift
There you have it, the humble rose is, in fact, a powerful plant with an intriguing history. It speaks the language of love and offers a range of benefits for your skin.
It also makes the perfect gift. Being known as the flower of love, a rose themed gift really shows the recipient that you care.
If you’re looking for a rose themed something special to show love to someone in your life, consider browsing our range of handcrafted natural skincare. From Rose Geranium Lotion Bars, luxurious Rose Bath Salts Bath Salts, through to full rose themed gift sets, we have the perfect Rosey Gift available.