Roses, particularly Rosa Damascena, have long been hailed as the queen of flowers for their captivating beauty and enchanting fragrance.
But did you know that beyond their aesthetic appeal, roses hold a special place in the world of herbal medicine and aromatherapy?
In this blog article, we explore the mystical and medicinal powers of rose, uncovering its traditional uses and the emerging scientific evidence behind them.
Heart and Soul Soothers
For centuries, rose has been associated with the heart, believed to lift spirits, soothe the soul, and heal emotional wounds. Traditionally used to treat abdominal and chest pain, rose is known to strengthen the heart and reduce inflammation.
In fact, North American herbal medicine utilises decoctions of Rose root to soothe coughs in children.
Additionally, rose oil is a valuable ally in combating depression, grief, and nervous stress, making it a key ingredient in many cosmetics.
A Skin Hero
The rose’s powerful combination of anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties makes it a phenomenal skin herb.
Although it’s not strong enough to be used alone in the potent New Zealand sun, rose oil offers protection against UV radiation damage. Furthermore, it promotes collagen synthesis, earning its place in numerous anti-aging skin products.
Let’s not forget the simple act of inhaling its beautiful scent, which can instantly uplift and make us feel good
Research has supported many of the traditional uses of Rose. Studies have found that rose tincture and tea possess sedating qualities, suggesting its potential for relieving anxiety and promoting restful sleep. Furthermore, the flavonoids found in rose have been shown to counter anxiety and depression, contributing to its sedating effect. Additionally, rose tincture has demonstrated pain-relieving properties, while the essential oil and hydrosol of rose have potent antimicrobial abilities
Incorporating Rose Into Your Life
There are various ways to incorporate rose into your daily routine. Adding it to fragrant curries and stir-fries not only enhances flavour but also introduces its beneficial compounds.
Create your own rose petal jam or conserve, and indulge in the delightful taste of roses. Rosewater, made from the aromatic Rosa Damascena, can be used in creams, ointments, cooking, and even herbal teas, providing a soothing and luxurious experience.
Don’t forget about rosehip syrup, a powerhouse of vitamins that boosts the immune system during winter months.
From its ancient origins to its modern-day uses, the rose has proven itself as both a mystical and medicinal ally.
Whether it’s soothing the heart and soul, enhancing skin health, or offering a restful night’s sleep, the power of Rose continues to captivate and heal. So, indulge in the enchanting fragrance, savour the delicate taste, and let the queen of flowers bring joy and well-being into your life.