Roses are one of the most popular flowers used by romantics throughout the world. Not only are these flowers beautiful, they are also seductive and irresistible. It is no wonder it is a popular present men give to women on Valentine’s Day. Who can resist the soft petals and scent of the rose? While many people look at the beauty of the rose, they do not realize that there is another side to this flower. The rose also has been used for medical reasons because of its healing properties. It has been used for many years to treat a number of health ailments. It can be used as rosewater, rose oil or rose hips. After studying for over ten years of various herbal remedies, it should be no surprise that the rose can replace many traditional medications in the medicine cabinet.
In use for over 2500 years in Middle Eastern countries, rose water is as popular today as it was back then. While it is used mainly for cosmetic purposes, rose water also has been used for many medical ailments.
Rose water has astringent properties. It helps clear up acne. If a person suffers from dry skin, using rose water helps moisturize the skin.
Rose water has cooling properties. If you spend too much time in the sun, the chances are high that you will get a sun burn. Putting some rosewater on a cotton ball and applying it to the sun burn helps alleviate the pain and speeds up the healing process.
The rosehip “is the fruit of the rose plant, that typically is red-to-orange, but ranges from dark purple to black in some species” (Wikipedia). This fruit is safe for humans to consume whether raw or used as an ingredient in tea, jelly or soup. Rosehips are high in vitamins, especially Viatmin A and C. By including rose hips in your diet, you can help relieve many gastric ailments such as gallstones, kidney stones, diarrhea, constipation and stomach flu.
Including rosehips in your diet is also good for your heart. They are beneficial in reducing levels of bad cholesterol, lowers your blood pressure and improves your circulation.
If you have diabetes, you can lower your blood sugar by including rose hips in your diet.
During flu season, rosehips help relieve the symptoms of a cold or flu. It also plays a role in reducing fevers.
Not only does rosehips help with the above and many other health ailments, it also helps boost the immune system. Just by including rosehips in your daily diet, you are protecting your body from getting these ailments in the first place.
Rose oil is an essential oil that is extracted from the petals of the plant. It is a common oil that is used in aromatherapy. It has relaxing and soothing properties. By breathing in the fragrance of rose oil whether used in a burner or in a lotion relieves the individual of tension. Using rose oil helps individuals who suffer from tension headaches and insomnia.
If you had a stressful day at work and want to unwind, put a few drops of rose oil into your bath. If you do not have time for a bath, apply a few drops directly to you skin and enjoy the fragrance. Whether in the bath or on the skin, rose oil will help you relax. Since essential oils are more potent than fragrance oils, it may irritate the skin. To dilute the potency of rose oil and other essential oils you can add a few drops to water or an unscented lotion of your choice.
If you are an athlete or just like to exercise, you probably have dealt with sore muscles, strains and sprains at one time because of your workout. To make a compress, fill a bowl with water and put six drops of rose oil into the water. Soak a rag in the water and place it over the body part that is sore or injured.
Note: While both rose water and rosehips can be taken internally, never consume rose oil. It is only meant to be taken externally. Consuming rose oil can be dangerous.
Where to Find Rose Products
You can make your own rose water and oil and gather rosehips on your own. However, this can be very time consuming and requires a lot of patience. This is especially true with gathering rosehips; many of the domesticated plants do not have them. Therefore they have to be gathered from roses that grow in the wild. All the above rose products-rosehips, rose water and rose oil, can be found at your local health food store. They can also be found online on sites such as Amazon and EBay.
The rose is well-known throughout the world for its beauty and romance. It also has uses for our medical well being. It can be used as rosewater, rose oil or rosehips. Used for centuries to treat many ailments, roses have many healing properties. Since many people would prefer to use home remedies than using prescription medications that can be dangerous, the rose will be a welcome addition to the medicine cabinet. While it is safe to use this plant, it is important to talk to your doctor since this herb can interact with medications and vitamins you are already taking. Using diluted rose oil also treats skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis.