Thursday, 6 February 2014


There is more to roses than just a traditional Valentine’s Day bouquet. Since ancient times, roses have been revered as symbols of the feminine, and of love: St. Dominic, for instance, believed that the Virgin Mary visited him and gave him the first rosary, made with rose-scented beads. But these lovely flowers also possess true healing properties. Find out how to use roses to alleviate anxiety, headache, asthma, depression, stress, and more:

Be sure to use essential rose oil, not a synthetic fragrance. Undiluted rose oil is very costly, but even essential rose oils that have been diluted with other, less expensive oils still possess therapeutic properties.
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 a 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.

Medicinal Uses of Rose Flower

The medicinal uses and health benefits of a rose (gulab flower) are many.

Rose petals are used in making 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 flavanoids, 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 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.
  • Rose essential oil is used along with carrier oils such as almond or grape fruit to treat various illnesses like hemorrhage, liver problems, nausea, fatigue, ulcers, asthma, dehydration, and bacterial infections of the stomach, colon, and urinary tract.
  • Rose leaves are used in preparing rose water from the Persian variety. Rose water prepared from rose leaves brings relief from constipation, clears blood, and soothes the mind. In addition, it is used on the treatment of measles and chicken pox.
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.

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