Definition of desiderated: Wished or longed for.
Growing up my little sister and I spent much of our playtime pretending we lived in the "olden days." We watched shows like Anne of Green Gables and Avonlea on the regular, and from all the period films we devoured I knew that roses had long been cherished as a sign of love and beauty. Antique rose, tea rose, wild rose...
Romantic, soft, fluttery roses were the kind imprinted on my mind.
There was a single pink wild rosebush that grew on my parent's property deep in the brush. It grew there naturally and I felt as though it were my little secret, going to to visit it, whenever it would bloom.
Legend has it that all roses were originally white until one night when a nightingale met a beautiful white rose and fell in love.
At that point nightingales weren't known for their melodious song . They merely croaked and chirped like any other bird.
The nightingale's love was so intense that he was inspired to sing for the first time. Eventually his love was such that he pressed himself to the flower and the thorns pierced his heart, coloring the rose red forever.
Image via Design Sponge + Blue Moon Farm
The popular and pristine "one dozen roses" bouquet was not the rose of my childhood "olden days," and, as I got older, I became disenchanted.
Beyond it's beauty there's a lot more to the ever desiderated rose.
The scent has traditionally been used to calm and uplift. Rose water and rose oil have long been held in high regard as they work to balance, encourage cell regeneration and hydrate the skin.
Look for a combination of rose water and any of these oils in your skincare:
Why should a person look for these ingredients, you ask?
Rose is an antiseptic and is anti-aging, while calendula is anti-inflammatory and increases tissue repair. Lavender prevents scarring. Helichrysum italicum is a rare and ancient powerful healer for sensitive, broken skin and also aids in cell regeneration. Rose geranium tightens pores and is very beneficial for acne, eczema and dermatitis. Finally, evening primrose oil improves tone.
Once Trevor wanted to pull out this wild and crazy bush that grew right against the house, but I had a feeling it was a climbing rose and requested that he not do that.
After all, I still do have a special place in my heart for "olden days" roses. He cut the bush back last summer and, lo and behold, today he spotted this velvety-soft bloom.
I placed it among my rose-themed collection in the bathroom, which we'll be talking about in a video, and I'll share more on that soon!
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