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Monthly Archives: September 2012
After several formatting and design headaches, I am glad to say that my book, DAMASK ROSE: THE INTIMATE HISTORY OF AN INCREDIBLE PLANT is at last finished. I don’t want to say too much just yet, but the book is in electronic format although presented in a novel format making it a great item for sale through any retail outlet. If you’re interessted in stocking this unique publication then please contact me at email@example.com.
Here’s a summary:
Be warned, you may never look at roses the same way again!
The damask rose is one of the oldest, and arguably, one of the most enigmatic plants to ever grace the gardens of Europe. Sadly, the ancient damasks have been completely swamped and pushed into the background by the continuous stream of new rose varieties produced by modern breeders. Damasks though are still critically important to rose breeders as they shore up the new varieties with their genes for perfume and hardiness. It is also sad to say that most people nowadays would not know one rose from another and view roses as nothing more than a pretty garden distraction or a gift for a loved one. We have lost our connection to the natural world and have become blissfully unaware of the intimate and centuries old connection that has existed between human beings and the damask rose. If we look at the perfume industry for example, the damask rose is of vital importance in maintaining this multi-million dollar industry and provides, not just work for thousands of people, but essential support to the economies of the countries involved in growing the roses for the perfume trade. In this book, Stuart looks at the origins of the damask roses involved in the perfume industry, how they were chosen, where they came from and why. He analyses the essential oil of damask rose itself in order to discover the chemicals responsible for creating the signature scent of damask rose. Stuart also asks if there is any reason why this one plant and its scent, more than any other, has become so inextricably linked with love and human sexuality. He arrives at some interesting conclusions!
The connection this plant has, not just with sex, but with God and religion, is investigated.
Several other extracts of the damask rose, such as damask rose wax, are also of pivotal importance to the cosmetic industry and we can assert that these damask rose extracts are among the oldest, if not the oldest cosmetic products on Earth. Stuart explains the reasons for this long and continued reliance on extracts of damask rose in the cosmetic industry and describes exactly why damask rose is so good for the skin?
How many of us realise that this beautiful plant has been a pivotal medicine in the great medical traditions of the world? The Chinese tradition, the Ayurvedic tradition, the European tradition, the Graeco-Roman tradition and the Arabic tradition have all relied upon the healing properties of this amazing plant. Stuart, an herbalist himself for over 25 years tells us why damask rose has been relied upon for its medicinal benefits, what it is used for and how it has been a consistent and sought after remedy for millennia.
Apart from the cosmetic and medicinal uses of damask rose it also qualifies as a popular food and even as a clothing item! Find out why.
As Stuart examines the important connections damask rose has had with humanity through time he also tries to answer a question that has been asked by rose lovers for centuries…where, when and who was it that first bred or found the damask rose? Where exactly did this wonder plant come from…the plant that is far more than a just a pretty flower? The plant that is in almost every perfume, the plant that is the mother of all anti-ageing, skin preserving cosmetics, the plant that has helped to heal our illnesses, helped us attract a mate, flavoured our food, has been worn and has even helped us find God! We urgently need to re-connect with this, our most beautiful plant ally, the incredible friend that is the damask rose.