The Lovely Rose

The Lovely Rose

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Roses are mostly known these days as a symbol of beauty and romance but they have been used for thousands of years around the world in many different ways. In Ayurveda, roses are said to not only uplift the spirit but to reduce inflammation, act as an aphrodisiac, benefit skin, menstruation, liver, spleen, kidneys and eyesight as well as slow the aging process. With its cooling nature, we can use roses both internally and externally to calm our mind, body and soul. This is especially recommended in the early fall season as pitta is at it’s highest in the atmosphere.


3 Ways to Keep Cool w/ Roses 

Rose Lassi

Ingredients:

½ cup whole milk yogurt

2 cups of water (previously boiled and brought back to room temperature)

1 tablespoon rose water

3 tablespoons sucanat, turbinado or other raw sugar

pinch of cardamom (optional)

  1. Hand whisk/churn yogurt with a molinillo (Or use a blender / immersion blender)
  2. Add water to yogurt
  3. Add rest of ingredients
  4. Churn until frothy

Calming Rose Facial Mask

Ingredients:

3 dried rose buds

½ teaspoon fenugreek seeds

¼  teaspoon turmeric

2 tablespoons besan / chickpea flour

Milk

Rose water (optional)

  1.  Grind the rose buds & fenugreek seeds to a fine powder
  2.  Mix in turmeric & chickpea flour
  3.  Add milk and/or rose water to make a smooth paste
  4.  Apply on face for 10-15 min
  5. Rinse off with tepid water

Rose Pudding

Ingredients:

2 cups whole milk or coconut milk

1 cup water

6 tablespoons kudzu root starch powder

⅓ cup sucanat, turbinado, rapadura or coconut sugar

¼ teaspoon cardamom powder

½ teaspoon rose powder

¼ teaspoon vanilla powder

2 teaspoons rose water

1 tablespoon lightly toasted shredded coconut (optional)

  1. Mix dry ingredients in saucepan
  2. Add milk, sugar and mix again
  3. Heat over medium heat for 5-10 min while stirring constantly
  4. Turn off heat when reached desired thickness
  5. Mix in Rose water and toasted coconut
  6. Serve and eat warm
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