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Rose - Flower with Beauty and Numerous Therapeutic Uses



A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” Juliet in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
Rose flower and Rosehip

A rose is a woody, thorny plant of the Rosaceae family. There are more than one hundred species of roses, with large showy flowers in many different colors. Roses are considered native to Asia, but are also grown in Europe, northern Africa, and North America.
Roses hold a definite supernatural history. Their exotic beauty and alluring smell have fascinated humans for thousands of years. It’s just not a symbol of love on Valentine’s Day but this striking beauty holds key to alleviate anxiety, headache, asthma, depression, stress, and more. Let’s find out how.
Rose petals and Rose-hips have many therapeutic properties but before explaining about them let me clarify to you that now days roses are commercial grown and are not fit for your ingestion, as they might have been sprayed with harmful pesticides. So, make sure to buy only organic grown roses or harvest them at your own place.

Rose Petals
Rose petals are used in making essential rose oil that is steam distilled by crushing. The byproduct of steam distillation is rose water, which is an excellent relaxing agent, soothes the nerves and adds flavor to a variety of dishes across the world. Rose essence is rich in flavonoids, tannins, antioxidants, and vitamins A, B3, C, D and E, making it beneficial in skin care. Some of the uses of rose oil, water, and essence are as follows.

Rose Water Uses
  • Rose water is an effective astringent that reduces swelling of capillaries beneath the skin.
  • Rose petal tea is efficient in cleansing the gall bladder and liver, and it helps improve bile secretion. Rose petals are dried and crushed to make tea.
  • Rose tea also helps in alleviating mild sore throats and bronchial infections. The tea cools the body and reduces fever-related rashes.
  • Rose petals are an important ingredient in eye washes as well, as it is antiseptic in nature.
  • Rose water benefits include nourishing the scalp and improving hair growth. It is medicinally used as an antibacterial, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory product. It is also used to treat dry scaly skin, dermatitis, and eczema.


     Essential Rose Oil Uses

·        For allergies and asthma, use 3-4 drops in a diffuser or 8-10 drops in bath water regularly.
·        To better bear anger, depression, grief, jealousy, and resentment, use 3-4 drops in a diffuser.
·        To alleviate anxiety and nervous tension, use 2-3 drops in carrier oil and massage on body, or add 8-10 drops to bath water.
·        To ease headache and migraine, use 3-4 drops in a hot or cold compress (whichever works best for you). Can also use 3-4 drops in a diffuser.
·        To restore libido, use 6-8 drops in a bath, or use 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage on body.
·        For overall skin care, mix a few drops in a carrier oil and massage on body. Can also be mixed with water and applied to face; especially good for mature and/or sensitive skin.
Be sure to use essential rose oil, not an artificial fragrance. Undiluted rose oil is very costly, but even essential rose oils that have been diluted with other, less expensive oils still have some therapeutic properties.

Rose Hips
Harvest Rosehips after they have turned red.
Rosehips have many uses. During the Second World War they were collected and turned into rosehip syrup, a healthy tonic owing to its high level of vitamin C. A study published in "Planta Medica Journal" by researcher S.J. Ziegler detected the high levels of L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) in rose hips. It is said that the rose hip fruit contains more vitamin C levels than fresh citrus fruits, like oranges or grapefruits. A single cup of fresh rose tea is equivalent to approximately fifty to sixty citrus oranges. They are also high in potassium, B Carotene, and Niacin.
They also have anti-inflammatory properties and are useful for relieving joint pain. The syrup has also been given to patients to treat coughs and colds. Wine made from rosehips and confetti from rose flowers, thrown at weddings has enlivened country life since Culpepper’s day.
Rose tea bestows therapeutic properties that can calm the central nervous system and help ease and give some relief for mental illnesses like depression, anxiety disorders and obsessive compulsive disorders. Rose tea can also help patients afflicted from chronic fatigue syndrome, insomnia and nervousness. One or two cups of rose tea must award some health benefits to the drinker.
There are no known side effects related to the use of rose water or Rose oil; nevertheless, it is best to consult when using any product as a means of treatment.

Some Uses of Rose at Home
Rose Hip Honey- Gather and then freeze rose hips. Once frozen remove all seeds from the pulp and fill a glass jar with the pulp. (Discard seeds.) Fill the jar with honey and let sit on the counter for about three days. Make sure to turn jar upside down everyday. For long term storage, keep in the fridge. Enjoy on toast, pancakes, or in teas.
Rose Petal Honey- Gather rose petals when they are in full bloom and look vibrant. Fill a glass jar with the petals and then cover with honey. Stir well, and refill if necessary. Turn it upside down a couple of times a day and it should taste heavenly by about a third day. Spread on toast, pancakes, or use in Green tea.
Rose Hip Syrup- Gather and rinse rose hips well. Remove any stems or flower remnants. Bring two cups of water to boil and add two cups of rose hips. Simmer for 20 minutes or until the water has been reduced by half. You can add cloves, cinnamon sticks and allspice to enrich it further. Allow to cook slightly and then strain through a jelly bag. Add one cup of honey (or to taste) to the liquid. Stir until combined and place in a glass jar to be stored in the fridge. Enjoy this special treat as you would maple syrup. Rose Hip Syrup can be use as base to produce all sort of lip-smacking concoctions.
Rose Hip Sorbet- After making the syrup place the liquid in a glass container and allow to cool. You can add a couple tablespoon of alcohol to the mixture to keep it from freezing to hard. This can be as simple as vodka or a special liqueur. After the mixture is cool, cove and place in the freezer for several hours.
Rose Hip Cordial- after making the syrup add a half part brandy to the mixture. Allow to cool and then bottle. This gets better with age.

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5 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing awesome information mate, Indeed rose water has lots of healthy benefits. It is so affective for skin and eye sight.

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  4. Thanks for giving roses guide to me. I always admire beautiful roses in my life - and keep taking rose bouquet for my wife on regular basis. Roses is something passion for my wife :)

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