[caption id="attachment_4897" align="alignleft" width="300"] Easy Elegance Paint the Town Rose[/caption] National Red Rose Day is the perfect time to admire the rose for all of its wonderful qualities. This American holiday is celebrated every year on June 12. This is a fitting time of the season because rose bushes will be in bloom in most areas of the country. This offers everyone the opportunity to take in the iconic fragrance and examine the intricate petal formations. Roses are part of human culture in many places around the world, and they have been for centuries. Have you ever wondered how roses came to be such an iconic symbol in many cultures? Roses have had both sentimental and functional value to humans throughout history. It is common knowledge that a red rose makes a great gift for your sweetheart, but did you know that roses have been used for medicine as well? Rose tincture has been used to treat a variety of symptoms including upset stomachs and sore throats. It has also been used to add flavor to medicine. Many perfumes contain rose extract to add a classic scent. Egyptians used rose extracts as perfume, breath freshener, and as an aromatic. Romans used rose water to wash their clothing which would add the flower’s scent to the laundry. Rose petals and rose water were considered so valuable in seventeenth century Europe that they could be used as legal tender. With so many uses for this plant, there is little wonder why the Rose has been an important symbol throughout human history. Roses have been used for many purposes throughout history, but the real value of the rose comes with the emotions and meanings that are attached to the flowers. There is a color of rose for every emotion or event. Obviously a red rose means love and romance, but do you know what the other colors symbolize? Pink roses, for instance, are associated with joy. These should be shared with someone that you feel deserves admiration. Orange roses symbolize desire and passion. These could be given as a tribute to a new relationship, or to show that the passion never died. Yellow roses are great to give to a friend. This color notes a valued relationship with a true friend. Although there are many emotions tied to the rose, there is none more iconic than the feeling of romantic love that comes with a red rose. So, how exactly did the rose become a symbol of true love? Roses can be found in many stories and traditions through history. Many of these stories and traditions describe the rose as a mystical flower that grows or thrives in the presence of true love. Some Greek myths claim the word rose derived from the name Eros. Eros is a Greek deity that is often referred to as cupid in the American culture. This deity is responsible for causing feelings of love and desire between people. Rose shrubs would often appear in places where Eros made love connections. Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, was a constant companion of Eros. This could explain the appearance of rose shrubs, as white roses were said to grow wherever she went. Greek myths also say that the red rose was created by Aphrodite while she was tending to her wounded lover Adonis. The Hindu culture also has a traditional tale about a woman named Lakshmi. She was the beautiful wife of Vishnu. The story goes that Lakshmi was created using a combination of small and large rose petals. Each cultural tale has a unique way of relating the rose to an aspect of the human soul. No matter what color the rose may be, humans have given sentimental or functional value to it. Our ancestors saw the rose as a mystical plant that was as valuable as gold. Today, a rose can help us convey a feeling to a loved one that we simply cannot find the words for. Let’s all take the time to observe National Red Rose Day, and fully appreciate the rose for all of its splendor and beauty. Be sure to check out all of the types of roses we have! Remember these rose facts for National Red Rose Day 2016: 1. June 12, 2016 is National Red Rose Day 2. Roses have historically been used for their many medicinal values 3. Roses have been used as perfume, breath freshener, and laundry fragrance 4. Each color of rose has an emotion associated with it 5. The red rose has been a symbol of love and romance for many cultures dating back  thousands of years