First, Ecuador roses raise our spirits whenever we walk into our rooms.
Ecuador Roses in our kitchen.
We also use rose essential oil as a deodorant and for healthy skin. More about that later.
Also, let’s look at the benefits of eating roses for their delicious flavor and for better health!
Our friends at Nevado Ecuador have been offering edible roses for the past year.
Ecuador is one of the best places on earth to grow roses and Ecuador’s shamans use rose in their aqua flora and various healing compounds.
This site has shared ways to get edible Ecuador organic rose petals.
Eat me. From an Ecuador rose? Here is a funky business idea.
Crystalized roses. delicious.
A Reuter’s article about Roberto Nevado entitled “Ecuador wants you to smell the roses, and eat them” by Hugh Bronstein shows how out of the box micro business ideas can be.
Here is an excerpt: Ecuador has long been a major exporter of big bulbed, colorful flowers that please the eye and the nose. Now its farmers are exploring a new idea — roses that you can eat.
Restaurants from New York to Barcelona, looking to attract customers with novelty dishes, have started to serve food containing organic rose petals grown on farms like Roberto Nevado’s in Ecuador’s central highlands.
Nevado is a spritely septuagenarian who moved here from his native Spain to start a plantation in the perfect rose-growing conditions offered by this part of the country, and his Nevado Ecuador farm now has three million bushes under cultivation.
Only 100,000 of them are grown without pesticides and meant for eating.
“But we believe the market will grow,” he said over lunch at his plantation featuring starters, main dishes and desserts containing red, pink and white rose petals that left a bitter-sweet sensation on the palate
“It’s new, it’s interesting, and that’s what everyone wants,” Nevado said, his green eyes flashing as he rolled a dollop of passion fruit mousse over his tongue, crushed rose petals adding a tangy juxtaposition to the sweetness.
“They are the same species as non-edible roses, but the fertilizers have to be organic and no chemicals can be sprayed on them, which means they need more human care,” Nevado said.
Many bugs that can damage roses do not like garlic, he explained, so workers spray garlic solution onto the organic bushes and plant garlic around his edible rose greenhouses.
Restaurants such as Per Se in New York, Zazu in Quito and El Bulli near Barcelona have started experimenting with rose petal dishes and desserts such as “Rose Souffle”.
The restaurant’s rose martini, made with petals soaked for a week in vodka, is becoming a favorite at Zazu’s bar.
Now Nevado roses are also offering rose petal jam and rose vinegar.
Rose Petal Jams
This is the type of combination one should look for in a micro business. Look for a product that is rare… has high margins and contains a problem… like convincing consumers of its safety or using hand labor creatively.
Eating roses is not new. Rose petal jam is one of my favorites.
Photo from my fridge.
I keep trying new brands and have three in the fridge right now. One is French, one Armenian and my favorite choice… Maharishi Ayurveda Rose petal preserve. This is a little pricy at $11.95 for a ten ounce jar but I like the more delicate taste it seems to have and the way the petals make my teeth squeak.
Rose petal jam is delicious! To make matters better, rose petals jam is really good for you also (like everything sweet in moderation). Merri and I incorporate this into our super thinking nutritional program… especially in the summer. We drink it with milk, hot or cold, on toast and and in a rose lassi… (yoghurt, rose petal jam and boiling water all mixed together).
A form of rose petal jam called Gulkand is an ancient Ayurvedic herbal preparation.
Rose petal jam is a cooling food especially idea for summer meals. It is a natural digestive, blood purifier and helps balance acidity, a world wide health problem created by refined food, preservatives, spicy food, junk food, over eating, eating too much fat and eating in a hurry, skipping breakfast and stress.
It helps reduce constipation, water retention, improves the memory, eyesight and reduces anger, as well as skin blemishes. itching and pimples.
Rose petals are rich in calcium and antioxidants.
They can sweeten body odor and heal mouth ulcers if dissolved in water and gargled as it strengthens teeth and gums.
There are numerous other benefits even various cardiac problems as it acts as a catalyst and facilitates uptake of various heart medication.
Ayurveda, rose is called “taruni,” which means “ever young.” Its name stands for the youth-promoting benefits and properties it carries: it is good for the emotional heart; pacifying the mind; nurturing the skin; balancing the digestive system; rejuvenating the colon; enhancing metabolism; and it can even be used to promote physical and emotional love.
In ayurveda rose is considered to have three tastes and effects: bitter, astringent, and sweet. Tastes are important in how they pacify or inflame the fire water air balance in the system.
Rose is light but lubricates and is cooling.
Rose cools the body from the inside out so it is soothing, cooling and balancing.
Eating rose directs energy to the heart area, balancing and rejuvenating it.
In this way, rose pacifies and balances both the fire and air elements within the system.
Here is how to make Rose Petal Jam.
Wild roses are best as they have more essential oils and richer flavor. Use either dark red or small pink roses. Use only organic roses and make sure no insecticides have been used.
Add equal amounts by weight of panela (dehydrated sugar cane juice… look in the Latino section at the store for brown blocks of it) and fresh rose petals.
Separate rose petals and wash with bio wash. Let dry overnight. No water should remain.
Make alternating layers of rose petals and panela in the jars, about 1/2 an inch thick per layer.
Close lid and allow to stand in full sun for a few weeks, with lid closed. This converts the sugar into thick syrup. Shake every few days.
The sugar will melt and the mass will begin to look like a jam in a few weeks depending on amount of sun and temperature.
When you have a micro business idea, it can take many forms… and they can be pretty far out like chocolate covered roses to rose petal jam. And how about Rose Petal Ice Cream?
Those could create sweet micro business inflation beating opportunities!
In Ayurved, the Indian science of healing, the word for rose means “ever young” because of the youth-promoting benefits of rose for the emotional heart, the mind, balancing the digestive system; rejuvenating the colon; enhancing metabolism and especially rejuvenating the skin.
Rose water mists help restore balance for many imbalances. Everyday misting has helped many suffering from nervous disorders. Misting is good for healthy people as well to strengthen the nervous system and enhance the immune system. A warm rose water bath for feet has been know to ease rheumatism. Tea made of rose petals (a tea-spoon of dried rose petals per a glass of boiling water) is good against cold, pharyngitis, bronchitis and various neuroses; it is a vitaminous drink as well. Rose petal jam is a wonderful natural medicine especially in cold weather.
We all know that a rose by any other name is as sweet and has as much beauty. The rose by any name not only soothes the eye, but is a balm for the body as well.
This is why Merri and I regularly use Candace Newman’s Rose Rejuvenation Face Oil on our faces… hands and as a deodorant. Everyone comments on the aroma and it makes my clothes smell great! Plus this oil promotes good health.
You can throw away expensive colognes, perfumes and face cremes as well as deodorants. Save money as you gain a chance for better health.
Only one or two drops are required so a bottle of Candace Newman’s Rejuvenation Face Oil goes a long ways. One bottle lasts for a couple of months for me.
Gain the Super Thinking Advantage & Learn Spanish in Three DaysLearn Spanish at our Blue Ridge Farm August 4, 5, 6 2017.
There are seven benefits you gain beyond Spanish when you learn the techniques of Super Thinking-Learning Spanish.
Delegates at a previous course taking a coffee break at the farmhouse. Learn Spanish with Merri and me this August, 2017 at our Blue Ridge Farm.
Speaking Spanish is a huge benefit on its own. You can become one of the rare North Americans who can get along in Spanish speaking countries. You can be one of the special people who can communicate with 10 million non-English speakers in the USA. Spanish is the second most used language in the USA. There are more Spanish speakers than speakers of Chinese, French, German, Italian, Hawaiian, and the Native American languages combined. According to the Census Bureau, Spanish is the primary language of nearly 50 million people in the US. This is the largest Spanish-speaking community outside of Mexico. Only half of these speakers also speak English “very well,” and 19% do not speak Spanish at all.
You can tap into all this potential when you speak Spanish. Yet there are seven more benefits.
An article in England’s leading newspaper, the Telegraph, entitled “Why learn a foreign language? Benefits of bilingualism” (1) sum up the biggest benefit of learning a second language and increased intelligence. The article says: “Learning a foreign language is more than just a boost to your CV or handy for traveling. It will make you smarter, more decisive and even better at English. Physiological studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great asset to the cognitive process. The brains of bilingual people operate differently than single language speakers, and these differences offer several mental benefits.”
The article then explains studies that show seven cognitive advantages gained from learning a foreign language.
#1: You become smarter
#2: You build multitasking skills
#3: You stave off Alzheimer’s and dementia
#4: Your memory improves
#5: You become more perceptive
#6: Your decision-making skills improve
#7: You improve your English
This is why I invite you to visit Merri and me and learn how to use Super Thinking as you learn Spanish in three days.
Does it sound impossible to learn Spanish in three days? Yes, it is impossible when you try to learn Spanish in the traditional way.
However, there is a scientific method of learning… proven and described in numerous best selling books that create educational jumps by making education natural, easy and fun. This course works because it is education without stress!
This method was created and refined by the Bulgarian educational master, Georgi Lozanov. who transformed the entire Soviet educational system to such a degree that this third world country beat the USA into space.
Merri was lucky to be one of a handful of students outside of Bulgaria who were allowed to be taught this system in the early 70s. She practiced this unique and remarkable form of education for four decades.
Merri and I began integrating these techniques with other shamanic and educational tactics we had gained in our global travels and applied them to teach Spanish in three days.
The course has been proven again and again by the thousands who have used this system. You can read a few of the many raves we have received from delegates who have learned from the Super Thinking Spanish course we created below.
How this Course Works in Just Three Days.
The first tactic is to use Baroque music in the learning process. At least three best selling books, “Superlearning”, the “Mozart Effect” and “Superlearning 2000” have revealed insights about how to learn and think more powerfully based on systems drawn from the Bulgarian educational master, Dr. Georgi Lozanov. Merri Scott was among just a few who learned directly from Lozanov when he visited the USA.
The second tactic uses 17 unique lessons to provide Spanish fluency in a short time. Let me prove to you how this tactic works by teaching you hundreds of Spanish words in less than 30 seconds.
Here is the proof.
“Most words in English that end in ION are almost identical, just pronounced differently. For example action is accion, education-educacion, manipulation- manipulacion, etc.”
There you have it. How long did it take you to read the sentence? You now know hundreds of Spanish words that you will never forget.
See examples of the words you already know below.
How long would have taken you to memorize all those words? How soon would you have forgotten them?
This is just one of seventeen Spanish lessons in the course.
The next lesson teaches how to pronounce each of the nouns.
Then, the third lesson teaches almost as many verbs, almost as quickly.
The fourth lesson shows how to avoid conjugating verbs by sticking with the infinitive (far easier than it sounds). This simple lesson leaves a person sounding like a Spanish professor without ever conjugating a verb.
Lesson five shows how to sound infinitely polite and yet get almost anything desired in Spanish.
Lesson six gives valuable connectors and the seventh lesson triples the Spanish capacity with three words for “yesterday,” “now” and “tomorrow”.
By the end of three days you feel comfortable speaking Spanish.
Plus the system is Impro Dynamic. This means your Spanish keeps getting better even though you do not seem to be studying… practicing… or speaking Spanish.
I was amazed by this as I traveled back and forth from the USA to Ecuador. The longer I was away from Ecuador… the better my Spanish became. My second language was automatically improving. The self improving feature comes because you learn to create Spanish sentences rather than remember them. The portion of the brain that creates is more powerful than the portion that recalls. When your mind creates something… it owns it! You do not have to remember .
During the course you learn 4005 Spanish words that you already know .
You then learn how to create Spanish sentences from these words.
Throughout the course you learn how to pronounce the sentences you create.
When the course ends… the mind keeps working… and creating… so next time you begin to speak Spanish you’ll be surprised . You improve even though you have not actively worked on your lingual skill.
Enroll now. The Super Spanish course is $499 ($799 couple) but in the Early Bird offer you save $150 when you enroll before April 3, 2017 .
Here are more testimonials from previous Super Spanish Courses.
Nadine wrote: “Just spent the last 3 days in the most wonderful learning environment learning Spanish. What an amazing learning experience!! First day out of class and I could not stop thinking in Spanish WOW!! I am amazed by how much I learned, retained and how much more is showing up now that I am out of class. And the best part is THERE WAS NO STUDYING!! Indeed this is Super Thinking!!! I would highly recommend this to anyone that has ever had a desire to learn another language or learn anything in record time.
And a few days after that …. As I went through my day, just hanging out with my son, I could see myself starting to think in Spanish. At first I thought it was amusing but as it continued and increased I thought “My goodness this is really remarkable amazing” It was really an effortless unfolding. I wasn’t at any point “trying” to think in Spanish, just words I knew would fly across the screen in my mind. And then this afternoon, my son cuddled up on the couch to watch some cartoons on his ipad and was watching Peppa Pig in Spanish…hmm coincidence? I think not, I’m radiating Spanish so much that my son is being influenced! Thanks a million again. This weekend the best learning experience of my life!!
If you have ever had a desire to learn Spanish this is the way to do it! By the end of the first day I had more confidence and more practical ability than I had from any previous courses I had taken. It was fun and relaxed and full of laughter. You will leave this class excited to use what you have learned. Rather than leaving overwhelmed with how much you have yet to learn and master, you are equipped with the knowledge and know how to go out and communicate as well as the excitement to do it!”
Gary noted: “The whole approach is positive and conducive to learning at a level that benefits ALL participants. It is not intimidating and does not set up a pass/fail atmosphere. The presenters are terrific and the results unbelievable. It was relaxed, informal, friendly and effective.”
Twila said: “This class provided a very refreshing and relaxed way of learning. The atmosphere felt very safe to say the words you were practicing. I learned a lot in a way that will make it easy to apply. Starting with conversation is way more fun. How quickly you can learn! It was a great group, great instructors and great stories.
The atmosphere in the classroom was so relaxed that learning Spanish felt like a breeze and not like a painful task. The relaxation exercises are really conducive to language learning. We learned A LOT in a short time and it was fun and the environment was non-threatening.”
Marie wrote: “I would highly recommend this course. The amount covered in 3 days is amazing! All with no stress. The correlation lessons and pronunciation practice has greatly reduced my anxiety to go out and use my Spanish. I really enjoyed the whole process and thank you for the take away tools.”
Here is the English translation of a few of the many Spanish words you now know and will never forget. How long would it have taken you to memorize them? How soon would you forget?
“Most words in English that end in ION are almost identical, just pronounced differently. For example, action is accion, education-educacion, manipulation- manipulacion, etc.”
Some more of these words: Combination, Attrition, Education, Vacation, Petition, Lotion, Motion, Construction, Abduction, Pronunciation, Concentration and a ton of others!
See a ten minute video of Gary Scott and Pronunciation coach Don Childs showing how to get started creating Spanish sentences right now.
Here are what other delegates wrote about the Super Thinking + Spanish course.
Ted wrote: thanks for the Spanish course. Merri’s technique is truly a breakthrough in learning.
I believe I learned more Spanish in three days than I learned in four weeks in a previously attended Costa Rica language school.
The Costa Rica school taught a very limited number of memorized words and phrases.
Merri’s approach exposed us to a broad variety of works and the technique needed to expand the language. Again, Thanks for the experience.
Monica wrote: Thank you very much Gary! And I just wanted to say thank you and Merri so much for everything during the seminar. You guys are indeed a shining example of having a business that truly serves others. And thanks for the extra time spent and good things taught to me personally. I have begun to implement them already and will continue to apply them. And you might be interested that waiting for my flight home I ended up sitting next to a woman from Quito and could understand some of what she said in a cell phone conversation. We talked a little and she said that I should visit Ecuador!
Thank you again for your real graciousness and acceptance! I will also write to Merri and thank her as well . And I wish that I could do something for you two!
Jeff sent this note: Thank you! We always look forward to spending time and learning about so many fascinating things. Like Minded people and Vivaldi! What could be better? You and Merri are very special to us!
Another sent this note: Hello Merri, Thank you for the wonderful workshop on Super Learning + Spanish! I really enjoyed the workshop and getting to know you and Gary. I am definitely going to take more of the courses that you and Gary are teaching. I can see several ways to apply what I learned in the classes I teach.
Since I returned home, I have adjusted my daily schedule, and I can already notice a difference in my productivity.
Thank you for sending the file of the 4005 Spanish words. This will be very helpful in my daily review of Spanish.
Another emailed this: Every day I’m becoming more proficient in Spanish. As I get ready to do something, I think about how I would say it in Spanish. Thank you again for a Super Workshop! With love and blessings,
Another: Gary and Merri, It certainly was an interesting and intriguing three days for me. I enjoyed the Spanish but even more so, all the tentacles that extended during those days that went into so many different directions.
I grew up in a very SQUARE box with loving and intelligent parents but my world remained within this box, unable to see beyond those walls, as I was never encouraged to “think outside the box”.. Mike has been opening doors and leading me outside this box but because of my upbringing I have not completely embraced or understood what was beyond those doors he opened for me. As I have gotten older I have become more open to the world outside those doors yet those old tapes continue to play and I have not been able to completely release myself and experience all that can be.
Listening to the two of you during our time together has suddenly got me to thinking, and although some of the ideas still seem foreign to me, I am at a point in my life now where I can say, “anything is possible” and I am now willing to embrace and allow myself to experience the world of possibility and let it take me in directions I may have in the past resisted. I really don’t know where all this is going to lead me but I am now willing to explore, develop and grow.
I found all the information you offered on healing, realigning the body, nutrition, etc. so fascinating, have you ever thought about doing a course on just that? With the aging population and the health care issues I think it would be not only an interesting course but one that would be very beneficial to so many. I, personally, would love to learn more about what you talked about and plan on purchasing the book, “Body Renewal, the Lost Art of Self Healing” for my Kindle.
Thank you again!!
Another: Hola Merri Y Gary, I was thinking about you this Remembrance Day, and I went to check emails and there you are! We had fun at Disney World on Monday and sat beside several Personnes Espaniol. We could understand them however I couldn’t make sentences quickly, but could say one or two word phrases that were understood. We arrived home at 3am yesterday – the airlines were very late in Denver due to a crew incident.
I found myself making up sentences all day yesterday as I was running errands. John knows more vocabulary than I at this point as he has studied Spanish previously. Today I will begin to review the lessons and construct sentences to send to you and the group – as you suggested below. Es en BUENO sugestion!!! I also received the email Merri sent with the 4005 words and started to scroll through those yesterday.
Another: Thank YOU Merri, Gary, and Don for everything you have done to create and bring this wonderful experience to all of us. It takes a well sychronized team of people to put on an effective, change producing seminar! I have given many seminars and enjoyed the experience immensely. The outcome is even better! Estoy une infantil de Super Thinking and Spanish, y es possible aprender en tiempo.
John and I both thank all of you for the wonderful experience – we are working now to clear up things so we can leave for the Galapagos and Ecuador November 25th – December 20th. Nosotros tiene muchos appreciacion! Gracias y Abrazos,
Another: Hello Gary, Muchas gracias para la informacion!
I had a wonderful time at the Super Learning + Spanish weekend!… excelente!
I was impressed with your depth of knowledge on numerous subjects and your ability to speak about them with exceptional recall. Con mucho apriciar, P.S. Yo estoy enteresado en Espanol #2.
One even explained how after our course they ended up as the accidental translator. Gary, I have sent Merri a couple of messages, and a story of Mike being able to translate yesterday for a Spanish person who couldn’t understand what a man was trying to tell him!
We loved the seminar, and are excited to put the super learning to practice, and especially the great company of like-minded people (especially G & M!) Muchas Gracias! Tiene an excellante dias.