Probably the most famous flower known the world over and used for both its medical properties, its scent and for decoration. Among these practical uses the rose also has been adopted as a symbol of love, beauty, war and politics. With these manifold applications Indigo Herbs presents you with this lovely full bodied Rose Blossom Loose Tea, Rose Essential Oil, Rose Hydrolat and a selection of beautiful Rose based guest products.
The first fossilised evidence of rose has been dated as being 35 million years old and is one of the most established cultivated flowers today. Over time the rose has developed over 125 different species in the wilds of the Northern Hemisphere with other varieties naturally developing through natural pollination. It is thought that the first cultivated varieties of Rose were bred by the Chinese as long as 5,000 years ago. In the Middle East cultivated roses were also being grown and bred from an early period and soon the Romans began their fixation with this flower. Cultivated species of Rose then became established around 1,200 AD as many European gardens sought to have the best and most beautiful species of rose. At the end of the 18th century Chinese varieties were introduced to Europe which opened up the world of rose breeding to new levels since the varieties known as the ‘stud china’s had different colours and could flower more than once. From this point many well established roses have come into being. The traditional medical values of this plant have been used all over the world from the Native American Indians to a strong tradition of use in Asia.
The style and growth of the Rose depends on the species or cultivar with literally thousands to choose from. Some grow into erect shrubs while others tend to climb or grow into bushes with even miniature varieties being common. The family Rosaceae is a woody perennial with flowers coming in all different shapes and sizes. Colours range from reds, yellows, whites and even deep purples, blues and pinks. All are admired for their beauty and different variation of strength of fragrance.