The romantic red rose has been around for longer than you may have thought. Here's what it stands for, and why you should give one for Valentine's Day.

Are you looking for something to give your special someone this Valentine’s Day? Chances are, the first item that comes into your mind is a red rose.

Don’t feel bad if roses are your top choice. Roses and Valentine’s Day have been inseparable partners for hundreds of years. The tradition of rose-giving started way back in the 17th century.

Meanwhile, Americans are spending around $2 billion in flowers (1.55 billion GBP) every Valentine’s Day. As for the roses, about 250 million of them come out for the annual day for love and romance.

Thus, the romantic red rose is never a bad option.

If you want to learn more about the humble beginnings of the red rose and how you can add some creativity to it, continue reading below.

The Romantic Red Rose: How It All Began

People have associated the red rose with different things and persons. Depending on which part of the world you come from, the rose’s significance will likely vary. Roman and Greek mythology associates the rose with their Goddess of Love, Aphrodite.

As centuries passed and the Western culture evolved, the significance of a rose changed. Early Christian Rome associated the flower to the Virgin Mary. Poets like William Shakespeare and Robert Burns mentioned the rose in some of their works.

In India, on the other hand, people believed that the Lord Vishnu created the Goddess Laxmi using rose petals. This is the reason why Indians revere the red rose as a sign of divine beauty. The rose’s origin is as rich as the reasons behind its inspiration.

Deeper Meaning and Significance

Apart from the red rose’s connection to the divine, its different shades also represent different kinds of emotions. A deep red, for example, pertains to very deep emotions. Bright red, on the other hand, signifies romance.

Meanwhile, the shade of burgundy represents unrequited love. You may also give a rosebud to someone you appreciate for her purity and innocence.

Numbers Matter

Apart from the meanings behind the shades and hues of the red rose, the number of roses also matter. Giving one stem could mean love at first sight.

Two stems, on the other hand, mean mutual love, while three stems is a traditional option for monthly anniversaries.

If you give six stems, it means you strongly like someone and that the prospect of a future built on love is very positive. Ten roses signify perfect love. A dozen roses send a clear message that you want the girl to be yours forever.

If you made a mistake and saying “sorry” is not enough, try giving 15 roses.

Meanwhile, give your loved one 24 stems to say that you are all hers. If you triple the dozen, 36 roses mean that you are head over heels for the lady.

To express your intense and undying love, 50 roses will get the job done. If you still want to take things a notch higher, you can always add a bar of chocolate on the side.

If you are unsure about whether or not you are doing it right, reading a comprehensive Valentine’s Day guide will help a lot.

Red Roses and Their Positive Effects

Roses bring more to the table than simply a means for expressing your emotions. Fresh red roses also offer positive physiological effects.

First, people who receive flowers become excited. This excitement comes with a feeling of happiness and gratitude. Moreover, flowers also affect people’s moods.

Research has shown that people who receive roses feel less depressed and anxious. A feeling of satisfaction for life may replace the feeling of hopelessness.

Red flowers also boost the immune system. This is perhaps one of the reasons why people give red roses to their loved ones who are recovering from various illnesses. In addition, red flowers boost the energy of people feeling fatigue.

The use of roses has also expanded through the years. Today, people use roses for beauty and wellness purposes. People extract rose essential oils as face cleansers to treat acne. Furthermore, red rose oils can also do wonders to reduce redness and swelling spots on the skin.

If you have sensitive skin, rose oils can help moisturise and prevent dryness. Meanwhile, you can use its petals to calm and detoxify your body.

Creative Ways to Give Roses

If you wish to give roses to that special someone this Valentine’s Day, try to spice up things and become more creative. If your significant other loves reading, you can press a stem in a special book.

Pick a book that is a bit heavy. Don’t forget to put in your special hand-written message on the inside front cover.

You may also use a special or customised container like a mailbox. Think of a theme that your significant other will appreciate.

If you are surprising your wife through a candlelight dinner, put those red rose petals to good use. Scatter several petals across your dinner table to level up that romantic effect.

If you want the world to know how strongly you feel for someone, publicise through roses. Pay your trusted florist a visit and have them arrange a bouquet for your girlfriend or wife. Instruct them to deliver the flowers to your loved one’s office at a particular date and time for everyone to see.

If you want to take things to the next level, you can go for a red rose glazed with gold. Always keep in mind that the rose is just a part of the entire package. Never forget to write your message of love.

Lastly, be mindful of the big no-nos that you need to avoid at all costs. Having the finest rose will not matter if you mess up with the other essentials.

Discover a New Kind of Elegance, Today!

Whether it’s Valentine’s Day or your wedding anniversary, a romantic red rose is always an excellent choice.