The rose flower is said to be the most beautiful flower on planet earth. Fossil evidences suggest that roses were blooming as far as 35 million years ago!
Red roses are believed to have originated from Persia, where a heart-moving tale is told of how it got its color: A nightingale loved the white rose so much that when it tightly grasped the rose, its thorns pierced her breast and the rose was dyed red with the spilling blood.
These sweet-smelling flowers have therapeutic benefits and have been used in ancient skincare folk remedies. Discover rosy beauty benefits of rose petals, rose water , rose tea ,rose gulkand and all –but remember, use organic rose petals as much as you can!
1# Benefits Of Eating Rose Jam (Gulkand).
In Asian countries, you will find ‘Gulkand (Rose Jam)’ being sold in different locations. It is highly nutritious, as it is made out of rose petals, honey, and a variety of other health ingredients. In some, you find honey, cardamom seeds, etc.
Long considered as an ayurvedic tonic, rose jam is used to treat many diseases like excess heat in the body, eyes inflammation, acidic symptoms in the stomach, etc. The other benefits include:
It is mainly used to treat ulcers in the mouth.It is used since ancient times to treat menstrual pain.It can enhance your appetite, solve digestive problems, removes toxins from the blood.It calms the nerves.It helps get rid of stress problems.Attar or in simple words fragrance prepared from roses can stimulate nervous and immune systems.It is also excellent for digestive tract as it can heal mucous membranes.
2# ROSE TEA
WHAT IS ROSE TEA?
Otherwise known as rose bud tea, rose tea is a very healthy not to mention delicious beverage made from either dehydrated or fresh rose petals. The healing powers of rose petals have been known for centuries and today they are used to make therapeutic essential oils as well as being enjoyed as a nutritious tea.
BENEFITS OF ROSE TEA
As well as its high vitamin C content, rose tea contains a large amount of polyphenols along with several other antioxidants like quercetin and ellagic acid. Polyphenols are natural antioxidants which are well known for their ability to repair cellular damage and protect the body against serious illnesses including heart disease, bone weakness and cancer.
1. MENSTRUAL PAIN
Rose tea has traditionally been drunk around the world to alleviate some of the symptoms of menstruation, in particular to ease painful cramping. Until fairly recently, there was no scientific evidence to support these claims but in 2005 a study conducted in Taiwan was able to confirm its effectiveness.
In adolescence, the painful symptoms of menstruation are also linked with significantly poorer academic and sporting performance and the aim of the study was to examine the effects of rose tea on both pain and the knock on psychological effects of menstruation.
The study which was conducted over 6 months on 130 adolescent females concluded that rose tea resulted in less menstrual pain and also less anxiety and distress. Researchers suggested that drinking rose tea was a simple, safe and effective treatment for the symptoms of menstruation.
2. SKIN, ACNE AND HAIR BENEFITS
Rose petals are packed full of Vitamin C; indeed there are plenty of claims that one cup has the equivalent vitamin C content of 60 oranges. I cannot verify the truth of this claim but it is certain that rose tea is a very rich source of the vitamin and that vitamin C has well understood antioxidant qualities. It is better to get your vitamins from food where possible. Vitamins from food sources typically will be better absorbed and assimilated than via vitamins tablets or capsules.
Given our exposure to environmental free radicals and toxins, our skin needs all the help it can get. You do not need to spend a fortune on expensive cosmetic products when you can receive all the healthful, nutritious properties that your skin needs from a more natural source.
Drinking plenty of this delicious herbal tea can help stave off the signs of aging like wrinkles and sagging. Rose tea also supports the body’s immune system while promoting essential collagen production and we know that collagen is the protein most responsible for the health of your skin and your hair.
As well as maintaining your skin’s healthy appearance, rose petals contain anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that can prove effective in treating skin conditions like acne. There is good reason why many commercial skin care products contain rose petal or rose hip extract and both rose water and rose essential oil have been used effectively to treat a variety of skin complaints.
3.IMMUNE SYSTEM BOOST
The very high vitamin C content of rose tea makes it a wonderful natural boost for your immunity system. A strong immune system will help you to stay generally healthier and keep those annoying flus and colds at arm’s length so drink up and enjoy.
4. SORE THROAT
A nice hot cup of rose tea is a great home remedy for sore throats as well as the various annoying symptoms of common colds and flu such as stuffiness or a runny nose. The vitamin C content of the tea helps you to fight infection and ease the soreness you are feeling in your throat. A teaspoon of good quality honey like manuka honey will not only add taste but improve the tea’s healing potential.
5. IMPROVES DIGESTION
Drinking teas made from rose hip and rose petals are known to improve digestion and keep your digestive system in peak working order. Rose tea can stimulate the body’s production of bile which in turn helps our stomachs to digest food effectively.
Bile also improves the digestion of fats in particular. Rose tea is also thought to nourish the good bacteria or microflora in the intestines. Rose tea also works as a mild laxative and is often used as an effective natural remedy for constipation.
Historically it has also used to treat diarrhea and dysentery but there is no direct research supporting this. The probiotic properties of rose tea could be helpful depending on the cause of the stomach issue.
6.URINARY TRACT (UTI)
If you are suffering from a painful infection of the urinary tract, drinking rose tea can help you to bring the infection under control and ease your painful symptoms. Rose tea is a natural diuretic which means that it promotes both the quantity and frequency of urination. This coupled with its antioxidant and antibacterial properties make it an effective natural treatment for mild infections of the urinary tract.
Drinking rose tea can also help with the health of your kidney and many proponents claim that it can even help prevent you from getting kidney stones.
7. IT’S CAFFEINE-FREE!
Since Rose Tea has no caffeine it’s safe to drink at any time of the day. If you have steady doses of coffee and black tea during the day switching to non-caffeinated tea like Rose tea at night is a good idea.
8.Rose Tea Relieves Congestion
The medicinal tea prepared from rose petals, leaves, hips or combinations can assist in reducing a fever. It can flush out toxins present in the body and reduces skin rashes too. Due to the presence of flavonoids present in rose tea, it helps in boosting the immune system. The other beneficial properties are relief from the chest and bronchial congestion and a runny nose.
To prepare a cup of healthy rose tea, follow the steps given below:
Step 1: Mix four tablespoons of pure rose petals with five cups of water.
Step 2: Boil for minimum ten minutes.
Step 3: Add a few drops of organic honey (optional) and then drink while warm.
4# Read Benefits Of Rose Water On Skin.
5# HOME MADE FACE PACK FOR SMOOTH AND GLOWING SKIN.
Rose face packs are very popular as ladies of all ages prefer using the rose water for skin care. Getting an extra over rose water will be really effective. You can now make some effective face packs with the rose petals. Even the oil extracted from rose petals is very efficient in treating all types of skin problems.
Rose encounter pack
- Rose petals paste 2-3 tbsp
- Multani mitti (fullers earth) 1 -2 tbsp
- Orange peel powder or lemon peel powder – 1 tbsp
- Egg white – 1 tbsp
- water – required
take the rose petals paste, multani mitti, peel powder, egg white in bowl. Mix all of the ingredients with water and make them as smooth paste.Apply this paste on the face and wash the face after 20 minutes with cool water.
Face mask with rose
- Rose Petals paste 2-3 tbsp
- lemon juice – 1 tbsp
- Sandalwood powder- 1tbsp
- turmeric powder – 1 pinch
take all the ingredients and mix them well and apply the mix on the face and wash the face after 10 -15 minutes. This face mask works well and lightens the dark skin complexion and increase the glow of the face.
Rose cream is usually used for the clearing involving black spots, black marks left by the pimples and acne.
- Rose petals paste 2- 3 tbsp
- oatmeal – 2 tbsp
Take the rose petals paste in bowl and mix the oatmeal powder to the paste. Make the oatmeal as powder and mix with the paste. Keep this paste in the cool place for 30 minutes and apply this paste on to the face. This face cream increase the glow of the face. Use this paste for 15 days for the better results.
Hope this face mask for dried out skin in your own home works wonders with your skin and gets people glowing before long!
Rose and orange peel
You can now get a wonderful face pack with the dried orange peel powder and the soft rose petal freshly extracted from the tree. You can now get brightening effect on your face and skin with the combination of orange skin powder as well as rose petals. To make this face pack, you need to take 2 tbsp of orange peel powder and same quantity of orange peel powder. Take a container and add orange peel off as well as rose petal juice in it. You can also add a tablespoon of yogurt in it. Mix it well and apply it over the face covering its neck as well. Wait for 10 minutes and remove it with water.
Honey and rose face pack
Today people are really health conscious and getting honey in kitchen will be quite easy. You can now make a natural face pack with honey and rose petals. You need to dry the rose petals and make powder out of it by using a blender. Take 1 teaspoon of honey and same quantity of rose petal powder in a container and mix them well. Now apply it over your face and keep for a period of 20 minutes. Once it is dried, you need to rinse it off and see the difference. If you can use this pack on a regular basis, getting beautiful and clear skin won’t be a trouble.
Sandalwood and rose
Take a spoon of sandalwood powder in a container, 2 teaspoon of milk and rose petal extract in a container. Mix them well and apply it over the skin tone. You can easily get a brighter and radiant skin tone with the face pack. You can now make a paste out of the soft rose petals and add it with the face pack. After mixing the ingredients well, apply the same over your face. Keep it for 30 minutes and wash it away completely.
6# OTHERS BENEFITS OF ROSE .
Naturally antibacterial rose essential oil makes can help treat acne and acne-prone skin. Combined with its cleansing properties, rose makes an ideal ingredient in face washes and cleansers.
While we may think of roses for their iconic deep red color, rose oils can actually help reduce swollen spots or redness on your skin. Its calming properties can also help sooth rosecea and eczema.
You can even create a calming face mask from rose petals. Simply soak 8 petals in 3-4 tablespoons of water for 2-3 hours. Then mash the petals into the water and add 3 tablespoons of honey. Mix well, and apply to entire face. Leave on for 15-30 minutes. Rinse with cool water.
Rose contains high amounts of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant. This important vitamin can help protect skin cells from damage, such as from staying out in the sun too long. Some evidence even suggests that rose water can help prevent sunburn.
The natural oils found in roses help lock moisture into the skin, keeping skin feeling smooth. Rose is especially beneficial for those with sensitive skin because the sugars in its petals create a soothing feeling.
5. Naturally fragrant:
Many organic beauty products choose to include rose for its delicate aroma in lieu of artificial fragrances.
When used aromatically, rose calms and soothes the mind. In fact, rose petals are a staple in Ayurvedic medicine to detoxify and calm. While this characteristic doesn’t directly add beauty benefits, it sure makes that rose-scented lotion or cream an extra pleasant experience.
7# Weight loss
The rose petals contain compounds that improve metabolism in addition to clearing toxins from the body, thereby aiding in weight loss. Apart from this, eating a handful of rose petals satiates your senses and prevents you from eating more and thus, helps you lose weight in a natural way.
Add around 10-15 fresh rose petals to a glass of boiling water and wait till the water turns pink in colour. You can also add some honey and a pinch of cinnamon powder to this solution. Drink this tea regularly (preferably in the morning) to shed those extra flab!
8# Lightens your lip colour
Roses exert a stunning effect on your lips. They not only lend a pinkish hue to your lips but also make them soft as they moisturise the skin and enhance colour. Moreover, rose petals exfoliate your lips and make them look fuller.
Make a paste of fresh rose petals by adding a spoonful of milk cream (malai) and few drops of honey to the paste. Now, apply the paste to your lips. Allow it to stay for fifteen to twenty minutes and then wash it off with water.
9# Used to treat acne naturally
If you are suffering from acne and are looking out for some natural aids to deal with it, then rosewater might help you out. Apart from being a good moisturiser, rose petals contain antibacterial properties helps to dry the acne. Also the presence of phenyl ethanol, an antiseptic compound, makes rosewater effective against acne.
Soak few seeds of fenugreek in water at night and make a fine paste by adding rose water. Apply this on your face, leave for 20 minutes and rinse with cold rose water.
10# Relieves stress and depression
With fatigue and stress comes insomnia and restlessness that gives rise to irritability and frigidity. Rose petals and its essence can beat these symptoms too. According to a study conducted by the Department of Physiology and Pathology/LTF, University of Paraíba-Caixa, rose essence when inhaled, has been known to produce a sedative effect.
# Make a hot bath and sprinkle some rose petals in the hot water. The heat releases the fragrance of roses, infusing your bathroom with the scent of the flower and relaxing your mind and body.
11# Acts as a natural aphrodisiac
Roses are not only a universal symbol of love but also a natural aphrodisiac. According to Ayurveda, rose petals are very effective in helping a person feel sexually active by acting on two essential doshas in our body, which in turn regulate heart, mind and the nervous system.
# Pluck some petals, wash them well and eat every day. This will not only help you feel energized and revitalized but will also help you feel more sexually active.
12# Rose Water Relieves Constipation
The rose water (by steam distillation) prepared from Persian variety of rose plants can give relief from constipation, can cleanse the blood, and enhance the positivity of mind. It is also used in the treatment of chicken pox and measles. However, it is best to consider a naturopath doctor if you are suffering from serious ailments.
As a natural astringent, rose helps tighten pores and restore suppleness for a glowy complexion. Unlike conventional alcohol-based toners, rose leaves skin feeling smooth, not dried out.
Hope, you loved reading and knowing about the health benefits of rose. Share with me in comments why rose is your favorite flower.