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In 1992, Bon Jovi crooned for a love he would “die to defend” because “I wanna lay you down in a bed of roses”. Even at the time, while lovers circled the dance floor, I thought “Ew, what a mess!” That was long before I worked in the cubicle of purgatory, dealing with bridezillas, who envision prim 2 year old cherubs in ruffles and bows, sweetly tossing rose petals down the aisle. I think the former custodian at the church is still traumatized from trampled petals ground into the carpet.

Organic Bed of Roses tea is one of David’s Wellness Blends and part of the Feel Good boxed tea set. It’s a rooibos base so it’s caffeine free. It also contains rosehips, silver linden flowers, natural honey flavouring, rose petals, marigold blossoms, hops, and passionflower. Passionflower and silver linden flowers have mild sedative and anti-inflammatory properties. However, pregnant and nursing women should avoid them. They may also interact with some medication, such as heart medication.

This tea reminded me of a bouquet of roses, with both a strong aroma and flavour. It was also slightly sweet with hints of honey and florals. I have tried it twice, and while I loved the idea of it, it still reminds me too much of rose-scented soap…or the weird purple gum my Dad sometimes bought at the convenience store in the ’80s. It tasted like soap and we didn’t really like it, yet we also kept asking for it.

I think I prefer roses in a vase beside the bed … long-stemmed and scarlet red.

Bed of Roses _ ed

O my Luve’s like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in june;
O my Luve’s like the melodie
That’s sweetly play’d in tune:

As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in luve am I:
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry…

Robert Burns

Happy Monday!