When I am developing recipes, I always aim to bear in mind the impact on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of wellbeing.
In many holistic, healing traditions, rose has an energetic affinity with the heart. Rose has been used to uplift the emotions, alleviate depression and soothe the mind. Energetically, it connects with the emotion of love, which in turn helps to open the mind, body and emotions to both receiving and giving.
At the Healthy Spirit, there are regular workshops and classes focused around meditation. This got me thinking of developing a drink, which would complement meditation. Regular meditation has many documented health benefits like lowering blood pressure, calming the mind and reducing anxiety. With practice, meditation helps to develop a stillness in the mind and body and opens up the possibility of receiving information via extra sensory perception.
One of the blocks for many people when they start meditating is that they find it hard to still the mind, body and emotions. Meditating can bring up negative issues, which have been buried deep but re-surface when meditating. This is where using rose water can be very helpful, as it helps calm the mind and heart but it also uplifts and helps generate positivity.
The flavour of freshly pressed apple juice creates a pleasing synergistic blend to this juice. Other variations to try could include freshly pressed pear or cucumber juice too.
Some of the health benefits of rosewater include:
- It helps prevent muscle spasm, so may be helpful in preventing IBS symptoms of bloating and muscle cramp.
- Has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial properties, so it could help with the healing of wounds and inflammation.
- Helps cool excessive heat in the body, which can surface to the skin and cause irritation
- Supports functioning of blood vessels
1 tsp rosewater
- Juice the apple(s) to yield around 150 ml of apple juice then add around 50-100 ml of water to dilute the apple juice.
- Next mix in a teaspoon of rosewater and that's it. If you prefer a stronger taste of rosewater then add another half to one teaspoon. Likewise if the taste is too strong then reduce rosewater to half a teaspoon.