You know rose as a pretty flower but it’s so much more. Did you know that rose is “a natural source of antioxidants with a potential use in disease prevention and management”—from RA and diabetes to osteoporosis, liver problems and more?
The “lotus of the heart”
Rose is the “lotus of the heart” as it’s the flower of love and devotion. It has a special effect on the heart. It calms and nourishes the heart, and can help manage anxiety and anger. It’s sattwic, which means that it promotes clarity, pureness and balance. Natural medicine often uses the petals and buds, but rose hips can be used too. Did you know that there are over 100 different varieties of roses due to hybridization?
Rose (rosa centifolia) is tridoshic so it balances all 3 doshas (VPK), but it’s particularly helpful in reducing pitta. In everyday terms, pitta is about digestion, heat and inflammation. For this reason, metabolic and inflammatory diseases are the main concerns rose can help address. But because it has protective and healing activities for a wide range of diseases, it can do more.
Rose, rose hip (rosa canina), is antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, anti-obesity, anti-cancer, helps protect the liver, kidneys, heart and nervous system; and relieves pain.
It’s a good friend to your plasma, blood, bone marrow and nerve, and reproductive tissues. Just be mindful—when overused, it may increase kapha and/or toxins in the body so use it in moderation.
What rose can do
1. Digestive system
You’re probably never going to look at a rose the same way after reading this! Due to its alterative nature, rose helps cleanse and purify the blood. And then, it gradually restores nutritive and excretory processes in the body.
It improves the tone of the GI tract and helps protect your liver. It works to relieve internal gas, constipation, abdominal pain, distention and diarrhea, gout, hemorrhoids, gallstones and bile-related issues. And it promotes peristalsis and healthy bowel movement. It’s even used for gastric ulcers and diabetes.
2. Urinary tract
Rose is a diuretic and as such, it’s useful in managing lower urinary tract imbalances. It helps protect kidney functioning.
3. Circulatory system
There’s a reason why it’s the “lotus of the heart”. It can aid in managing heart diseases, bleeding disorders, congestion of blood and blood diseases. It has a special relationship with the circulatory system. And as such, ancient medicine uses it as a heart tonic.
A recent study investigated rose and other natural dietary ingredients for prehypertension and stage 1 hypertension. And you guessed right! The results are positive.
4. Respiratory system
Rose can help address respiratory problems, including common cold, cough, influenza and bronchitis.
5. Joints and bones
6. Nervous system
It strengthens the functioning of the nervous system. For this reason, ayurvedic medicine uses it as a brain tonic. And spiritually speaking, it helps open the mind and purify emotions.
7. Reproductive system
Rose promotes and regulates the menstrual cycle, and is believed to help with erectile dysfunction. In addition, it soothes menstrual cramps and dysmenorrhea.
8. Sense organs
It even helps calm eye irritation and redness, and relieve sore throat. And of course, we all know about its pleasant smell to hide sweat and odor.
Since it’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, it helps with complexion disorders, for example acne. It improves complexion, reduces redness and soothes inflamed surfaces. It promotes wound healing and delays the signs of aging.
An 8-week clinical study using rose hip powder in skin care showed statistically significant improvements in skin crow’s feet wrinkles, skin moisture and skin elasticity.
But skin care goes all the way to the top of your head. Shampoo made from rose petals was found effective in managing scalp seborrheic dermatitis, an inflammatory skin condition affecting the scalp.
And you already know that your skin is connected to your liver, blood and nervous system, so when you take care of your digestion and mind, your skin will thank you for it. Rose helps you take care of both.
Rose skin care and cookie recipe
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Disclaimer: this blog is not intended as medical advice. Consult your physician before taking any herbal supplements especially if you have any health conditions. Sources include ayurvedic texts, The Yoga of Herbs by dr. Vasant Lad and dr. David Frawley, Ayurvedic Healing: A Comprehensive Guide by dr. David Frawley, Ayurvedic Properties and Uses of Herbs by Pashupati, and National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).
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