Roses have always been considered as a symbol of romance and are widely used for their beauty, for example in royal gardens. In addition to their beauty and narcotic aroma, roses are also useful for improving our health.
“I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.”
Flowers, essential oil, hydrosol
The Main active substances:
Citronellol effective mosquito repellant
Citral – strong antimicrobial
Citronellyl Acetate – responsible for the pleasant flavor and aroma of roses, which is why it’s used in many skin and beauty products
Eugenol – powerhouse behind clove, the richest antioxidant in the world
Methyl Eugenol – local antiseptic and anesthetic (also found in cinnamon and lemon balm)
History of Rose Petals
The use of roses in cosmetics is according to fossils dates back to the age of 35 million years. In ancient Egypt, they boiled down the roses and use them in balsams and perfume oils. In an effort to dazzle his loving Marco Anthony, Cleopatra filled her rooms with roses whenever he arrived. An enormous public rose gardens have been built by Ancient Greeks and Romans. Roses were however privilege of Persia, where they began with its distillation. Rose oil called also attar of roses, was used to make rose perfumes. To make 1 g of this extravagantly expensive oil was they needed to collect 2 thousand roses! In the Middle Ages, Persians appreciated the rose water and used it for the medicinal treatment as well as in the culinary industry. The rose water came to Europe relatively late, the scientist named Avicenna. attracts Europe’s attention to a valuable commodity, which was a profitable source of trade for the Persians. In Muslim countries, it is used for ceremonies today, especially in perfumes and culinary arts.
Hidden uses of Rose Petals
The best way to keep the roses and their curative effects is to dry them. Ancient Greeks and Romans used rose petals to decorate their spa. They valued the roses very much and decorated the floors and the beds with them. Petals have many uses, they are ideal as a natural skin cleanser, they act as antioxidants that fight free radicals. They are also very effective in reducing oil overproduction in fatty skin types.
Rose Infusion oil
In addition to the healing effect on your skin, the petals of the rose smell wonderful and they work great as home made potpourri. You can mix them with other ingredients such as cinnamon or vanilla and make your own fragrance blend that fits into every home. Alternatively, mix rose petals with eucalyptus to make natural air freshener.
The most commonly used is the rose water, which has a very calming effect, lowers blood pressure, reduces depression and improves your mood.
It has also a positive effect on the skin, which reduces redness, balances the skin pH and is also recommended for the treatment of psoriasis, eczema, and acne.
When you mix the rose water with your favorite essential oil and put it in the spray bottle you can use it as your own perfume.
If you prefer to use rose water for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects on the care of your skin, so do not hesitate and apply as a compress on your face. It will pleasantly cool you and nourish your skin. Do not be afraid to add vitamin E or aloe vera for even better effect.
The rose water can also be used as a makeup remover. It is a 100% splitter that will definitely not disappoint, remove every bit of your make up without a single waste. Simply mix rose water with jojoba oil and get the resulting solution. Alternatively, make a facial toner that balance ph of your skin and make your skin look fabulous.
Likewise, rose water is used to rinse hair or as a bath additive along with petals. It is a beneficial soothing bath I recommend to everyone after a hard day full of stress and nerves. In addition to rose water, you can add more salt and vapors to your favorite essential oil. You’ll feel like you’re born again …
Rose petals can also be added directly to minor skin injuries. Their antiviral and antibacterial properties accelerate recovery time.
If you mix rose petals with honey and leave it for weeks to lengthen, you will have an excellent cure for your neck. Add just a teaspoon of rose honey produced to you in warm tea and instantly feel relief in neck pain.
In the coffee grinder, add roasted dried rose petals and butter or cream cheese to them
Cover fresh petals with vinegar for several days and then use it as a salad dressing.
Cover fresh petals with 60% ethanol and use 20 drops to ease the digest system or to lower the cholesterol
made of rose petals, sugar and lemon this rose cordial is great when mixed with seltzer to make a quick, child-friendly rose soda
How to grow roses:
Roses prefer fertile, damp, and permeable soils. They need at least 5 hours of sunshine per day during growth. Tolerate continental and subtropical temperatures. You can also find wild-growing plants, usually grown as part of hedges. Pink flowers are harvested in the summer.