- Alternative & Natural Medicine
The Health Benefits Of Rose, Rose Water, Rose Oil, Rose Hip Seed Oil And Rose Tea
Roses have had a long and colorful history. The rose belongs to the Genus Rosa and the family Rosaceae. There are over a 100 varieties of roses and most of them are native to Asia while the others are native to Europe, North America and North West Africa.
They are one of the most popular garden plants, available in a range of colors, with varying degrees of fragrance, shapes, sizes and textures. The rose plant can grow erect or as a climber can reach a height of 20 feet and more. Rose cultivation is believed to have originated in China, about 5000 years ago.
Rose is a plant that is easy to grow and lives long with proper care. It can be grown in pots, in the ground and as a ground cover. However, the plant needs a well drained soil. Rose can be propagated by budding, cutting or layering.
A rose has been used to express beauty, love and peace. Rose has been grown for its ornamental value, used in celebrations, in herbal and folk medicine and in cosmetic and perfume industries.
Rose has been used to make rose oil, rose water, rose hip seed oil and rose tea. It has also been used to make a variety of products like jam, jelly and marmalade, syrup and candied rose petals called Gulkand, and flavoring for foods.
Rose has been a favorite subject to portray in works of art.
It takes tens of thousands of rose blossoms to produce an ounce of rose essential oil. The blossoms are picked in the early hours of dawn just after the dew on them has evaporated. Rose oil is therefore one of the most expensive essential oils but since it is immensely dense in health giving factors, only a few drops are needed.
Health Benefits Of Rose
Rose is popular as a skin and beauty enhancer. Its benefits extend to all types of skin but it works best for mature, dry and sensitive skin.
For skin care, the Bulgarian, Rosa damascena and the Moroccan, Rosa centifolia species of rose plants are used. The former has a deep and powerful scent while the latter has a more sweet and subtle fragrance.
Rose has traditionally been used in skin care. It soothes irritated skin, is a tonic and antiseptic. It soothes the nerves, reduces stress, tension and calms the mind. It treats digestive issues and ulcers and is good for the heart.
Tutorial on Making Rose Water
Make Your Own Rose Water
- Take 2 to 3 quarts of rose petals that have bloomed fully but the petals have not lost their color and vitality. Pick them up a few hours after sunrise.
- Take a large pot and place a rack or a small stand in the center of the pot. Put a smaller bowl on top of this.
- Spread the rose petals all around the center bowl. Add enough water to cover them completely taking care not to spill any water in the center bowl.The rime of this bowl should be higher than the surrounding water by some inches.
- Cover the pot with the lid flipped over and bring the water with the petals in it to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer.
- Now put as many ice cubes as can fit on the upturned lid. As the vapors hit the cold lid they will condense and the water will collect in the small bowl placed in the center.
- Ensure to top up the water when it reduces in the pot as well as remove the water due to the melted ice with a baster and add ice cubes as needed.
- Let the process run for about an hour or more.
- The water so collected in the bowl is pure rose water.
- Fill your spray bottle with the rose water and use as needed.
Adapted from : www.organicauthority.com/organic-gardening/make-your-own-rose-water-elixir-of-the-goddess.html
You can watch the video to the right to watch the described process.
Benefits Of Rose Water
Queen Cleopatra is believed to have used rose water to keep her skin soft and supple. Rose water is obtained by steaming the rose buds when its volatile oils are released into the water. These essential oils are removed and the water thus remaining is rose water.
Rose water has antibacterial properties and is therefore used in skin tonics, hair tonics and facial mists. It is cooling, soothing and calming and an anti inflammatory and astringent.
Because of these properties it is used to control and treat pimples and acne; it controls sebum production, balances the pH of the skin and tightens pores.
It relieves eye infections and tired eyes and a cotton round soaked in rose water can be placed on the eyes.
When sprayed on the skin or the fragrance is breathed in, it helps to relieve anxiety and depression and improve mood.
Rose water gargle can relieve inflamed and sore throat and also relieve toothache.
Sprayed on hair it can make the hair shine.
It is also used to flavor foods and drinks.
Rose Essential Oil
Some Remedies With Rose Oil
- For allergies and asthma, add 8 to 10 drops rose oil to bathwater daily.
- For headaches and migraine, add 3 to 4 drops rose oil to a hot or cold compress.
- For anxiety and tension, add 2 to 3 drops to a teaspoon or 6 to 8 drops to about 10 ml of carrier oil and massage. Almond, jojoba, grape seed oil are some good carrier oils.
- To restore libido, add 6 to 8 drops rose oil to bath water.
Benefits Of Rose Essential Oil Or Rose Oil
Rose oil is of two types.
- Rose otto ( Attar of rose)
- Rose absolute
Attar of rose is extracted from the rose petals by steam distillation while rose absolute is obtained by solvent extraction. Rose absolute is used in perfumery industry.
Rose oil has anti bacterial, anti viral and anti fungal properties. It can be used topically to alleviate problematic skin conditions including burns, wounds etc.
Rose oil has a variety of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants due to which it has excellent moisturizing properties so necessary to combat dry skin. Rosa damascena and Rosa centifolia are used for producing rose oil.
Though a variety of chemical compounds are present in rose oil, the beta damascenone quantity in the rose oil determines its quality.
In acne, the application of rose oil reduces redness, inflammation and oiliness due to the anti inflammatory, antiseptic and astringent properties.
Rose oil also treats skin disease like psoriasis, atopic dermatitis and helps to improve skin texture. It tightens skin pores and tones the sagging facial muscles but does not dry out the skin unlike other chemical astringents.
It removes various types of skin marks and scars like those of acne, pox, surgery, pregnancy and delivery.
Rose oil when inhaled lowers the cortisol levels and consequently stress levels. The inhalation also inhibits water loss from the skin and heals wounds.
Rose oil promotes scalp health and by reducing stress it reduces hair loss.
Rose oil eases sore throat, cough and fever. It increases flow of bile, regulates the acid level in the stomach and prevents acidity and acidosis.
It helps in various menstrual problems associated with faulty hormone levels like irregular menses, delayed menses, nausea, cramps, fatigue associated with menses and menopausal issues.
It tones up the liver, kidney, uterus and the urinary tract improving their performance.
Rose oil improves circulation, reduces blood pressure, normalizes. blood clotting.
It is anti spasmodic, relieves spasms ans cramps of muscles, convulsions etc.
Rose oil can treat diarrhea, typhoid, cholera, food poisoning, all of which are bacterial diseases. It also treats bacterial infections of the stomach, colon, intestine and urinary tract as also of the skin, eyes, ears and injuries.
Use in low concentrations. high concentrations may aggravate.
Avoid in pregnancy.
Read about the chemical composition of rose oil here.
About Rose Hips
Rose hips are the fruits of the rose plant. Though they are usually a red to orange colored, the color can vary from purple to black.
Rose hips contain Vitamins A, B3, C, D and E. They also contain flavonoids, bioflavonoids, citric acid, tannins, malic acid and Zinc. However, they contain extremely high levels of Vitamin C.
Rose hips are widely consumed in a variety of ways.
They are eaten raw, taking care to avoid eating the hairs in the fruit, as they cause itching. They are also used to make jam, jelly, marmalade. They are used in breads and soups and even used to make wine. Rose hips can be brewed to make tea.
Pet food for pets like guinea pigs and other rodents is made to meet the vitamin C requirements of these pets as they cannot manufacture vitamin C.
They are also fed to horses to improve their coat condition and aid in growth of new hoof.
Benefits Of Rose Hip Seed Oil
Rose hip seed oil is a vegetable oil that is derived from the seeds of the rose fruits - the rose hips of the plant Rosa moschata or Rosa rubiginosa which grows in the wild.
Most of the best quality rose hip seed oil is produced in Chile and Argentina. Studies have confirmed its efficacy in a variety of skin related problems.
The rose hip seed oil contains high levels of vitamin C, oils and proteins. It is high in linoleic acid, the omega-6 and linolenic acid, the omega-3 fatty acids. It is the only vegetable oil to contain natural retinol.
Rose hip seed oil moisturizes the skin and keeps it soft and helps erase lines and wrinkles thereby removing signs of aging skin.
Rose hip seed oil also prevents pigmentation like age spots, sun spots etc. Therefore it is used in sunscreens, skin lightening creams and anti aging creams.
Rose hip seed oil can be used undiluted on even sensitive skin like a moisturizer or can be added to other oils, lotions or creams.
Rose hip seed oil for acne
The oil contains high levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which repair and regenerate skin, and heal acne scars. The microbial activity of the oil fights bacterial infections to control acne.
The retinol content moisturizes, delays skin aging, promotes collagen formation and regenerates cells. Additionally, it has trans retinoic acid which makes skin smooth and reduces size of the pores.
However, rose hip oil can make the skin more sensitive to sunburn. Hence, use a sunblock before going out in the sun.
Few drops of rose hip seed oil can be applied to the affected area and massaged in circular motions. It is a dry oil so gets absorbed easily without leaving a greasy feel. It can be used 2-3 times a day or even more often.
Preferably avoid using it on very oily skin or on active acne.
The oil can reduce scars, wrinkles, delay aging of skin, improve skin tone and aid in regaining natural color of the skin.
It is also useful in treating other skin conditions like eczema, dermatitis, sunburn, brittle nails, scarring etc.
Buy rose hip seed oil with added 0.5% vitamin E to prevent it from going rancid soon. The oil contains poly unsaturated fatty acids which make it very prone to oxidation and this limits its shelf life.
Rose Hip Tea
How To Make Rose Hip Tea
- Chop rose hips into pieces.
- Cover with water and boil for 30 minutes.
- Strain through muslin or fine cloth. Add honey if needed before drinking.
Source : www.rosemagazine.com
How To Make Rose Petals Tea
- Pour 150 ml of boiling water over 1/2 grams of rose petals.
- Allow to sit for a few minutes.
- Strain and drink. Add honey if needed.
Source : www.rosemagazine.com
Benefits Of Rose Tea
Rose petals are added to various manufactured teas to enhance the aroma and taste of various teas.
Rose tea can be prepared from fresh or dried petals or rose hips.
One cup of rose tea contains 50 to 60 times the amount of vitamin C as the same quantity of oranges. This has been reported in the Planta Medica Journal.
Following are some of the health benefits of rose tea.
- Boosts immunity levels.
- Strengthens the digestive system, fights gastrointestinal diseases and removes constipation.
- Detoxifies the kidneys and urinary tract. It removes small stones clears obstruction of urine.
- Fights sore throat, cold and flu and fights respiratory infections.
- Counters anxiety, depression and calms the nervous system.
- Fights tiredness and fatigue. Aids in getting sleep.
The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies, supplements or starting a new health regime.
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