Yesterday was Valentine’s Day and one flower reigned supreme. Roses are most commonly associated with love and romance. In TCM, herbs, food and plants that are red in colour are associated with the feelings of joy and happiness and they nourish the heart meridian. TCM teaches that the heart is a mirror and sad, angry or strong emotional moments can cause a stagnant flow of "chi" and blood. We can align this imbalance with red roses that are used in traditional Chinese herbal teas to remove blood stagnation and to allow blood to flow smoothly. Red roses nourish the heart to bring joy and happiness. They are often used in teas to relieve menopause or pre-menstrual problems and to relieve emotional fluctuations. When your physical heart is nourished and blood is circulated throughout the body, the spiritual heart can send joy outwards into the world.