Rose Beauty and Health

roses-red-roses-bouquet-of-roses-glassI think roses are one of the most beautiful flowers. My grandmother use to always have roses in her garden. My mother also loves roses and taught me how to care for them. Other than the beauty of the rose its smell is one of the most pleasant smells to the human nose.

Health benefits of roses.

I was blessed that we had so many roses growing in our yard that my mother let me play with them to make rose water. I called it perfume at the time. I would get a few handful of rose petals, rinse them in water and then stuff them into a container and fill  it with water then set it in the sun and let the water and sun create a natural pressure cooker to release the smell of the flowers. I always made too much and the large jar of rose water had to be dumped after a few days. I didn’t know then that I was really making natural rose sun tea. I was also not aware at the time that the tea was a rich source of vitamin C and antioxidants.

For many years rose tea has been used to help to boost the immune system, elevate moods, help with stress and anxiety. It has been used as a soother for menstrual cramps. Rose tea has been used to improve moods and help with depression. The tea has detox properties and is a great way to help soothe and regulate the digestive system.

I personally use rose tea to help me relax. You can drink the tea plain or with a little lemon and honey in it. Even before you taste the tea the aroma is what greats your nose and pulls you in to take a sip. Another way I like this tea is with cinnamon. I will make some rose tea and brake  a cinnamon stick in half and drop it in the tea Cinnamon has its own healing properties and combined with rose tea you now have not only a very aromatic smelling drink you have a tea packed with immune fighting properties.

Rose Tea

To make rose tea here is what you will need:

2 Cups of rose petals that are chemical and pesticide free. (You do not want to drink toxic chemicals  in your tea.

3 Cups of water

Honey and or lemon (if desired)

Start water boiling

Wash and separate your roses

Once water is boiling dump flower petals in

Cover and turn heat off

Let steep for 5 min

You can add honey or just a squeeze of lemon. I enjoy mixing mine with honey and lemon.

Rose water

Rose water can be made in much the same way as the tea, only you will let the water cool before use and store it in a cool dark place to help preserve it. Rose water can be used in a little spray bottle and used as a mister for your face or as a makeup setting spray. You can also use rose water as a cold rinse over your hair after it is washed and conditioned. The water can also be used as a calming foot soak or in bath water if you are making large amounts.

Since roses poses antibacterial and anti- inflammatory properties rose waters and oils are often used for skin care and placed in beauty products. Its properties are excellent if you have sensitive skin.

Rose oil

Damascus Roses are used many times to make rose oil. It is used because it produces a strong fragrance. The oil can be used to help lift ones mood, relieves depression and helps with anxiety and mood disorders.  The smell is calming and relaxing to the body’s nervous system. Rose oil can also be used as a home remedy to treat wounds this is because of it antiseptic properties.

Rose petal face mask

Soak 8-10 rose petals in 4 tablespoons of water for 3 hours

Mash the petals into the water.

Add 3 tablespoons of honey to the mixer

After mixing apply to entire face.

Wear the mask for on for 15-30 minutes.

Then rinse with cold water.
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