Roses for Rose Day: Health and beauty benefits  |  Photo Credit: iStock Images
- February 7 is Rose Day each year, marking the beginning of Valentine’s week.
- Every part of the rose flower has some health and/or beauty benefit.
- Rosewater is created by distilling rose petals with steam too has several health benefits.
From time immemorial, the humble rose flower has been used and recommended for various ailments. You will be stunned to discover that a rose flower can actually shower you with numerous health benefits.
- Get rid of acne: Naturally antibacterial, Rose contains the phytochemicals; nerol, geraniol and citronellol which are effective against many strains of microbes and bacteria. If you are suffering from acne and are looking out for some natural aids to deal with it, then rosewater might help you out. Also, the presence of phenyl ethanol, an antiseptic compound, makes rosewater effective against acne.
- Rosy way to weight loss: Who would have imagined that tossing a few rose petals in your breakfast salad will subdue the food cravings that are likely to follow later in the day? The rose petals contain compounds that improve metabolism. Rose petals also help clear toxins from the body, thereby aiding in weight loss. Boil a glass of water and add a few (15-20) rose petals to it. When the water turns pink, switch off the gas flame; add a pinch of cinnamon powder and a spoonful of honey. Drink this tea regularly (preferably in the morning) and watch the unwanted flab vanish in the next few days.
- Rose oil to fight ageing; formula to rejuvenate skin: No wonder rose is added to so many cosmetics. Rose essential oil is anti-oxidant by nature and extremely effective at combating the signs of ageing. It banishes the free radicals that cause fine lines and wrinkles whilst helping you undo the UV damage. Rose oil can help regulate the skin’s moisture levels and help in maintaining its plump, hydrated, and healthy look.
- Source of Vitamin C: The rose hip plant is a brilliant source of Vitamin C – and this potency decreases when the petals are collected and dried, they still contain a beneficial quantity. Vitamin C helps fight skin ageing as it supports skin cells against free radicals. Rose petals also fight back skin ageing by increasing collagen production — leaving the skin creamy and healthy (young) looking.
- Rose to rev up your love life: Roses are also a natural aphrodisiac and help ignite passion. Ayurveda considers roses as a medicinal herb that is effective in helping a person feel sexually active by acting on two essential doshas in our body, which in turn regulate the heart, mind and nervous system.
- Beauty aid for rosy lips: Make a lip mask by crushing rose petals in a spoonful of milk cream (malai) and a few drops of honey. Crush and/or grind. Prepare a fresh paste every time. Apply on the lips, leave it in for 15-20 minutes. Wash off with plain water.
- Treatment for stress and depression: Rose petals can help to soothe a stressed, overthinking mind. Doctors warn us against allowing fatigue or stress to take over our bodies. These could give way to insomnia and restlessness – and then soon to irritability and frigidity. Research shows that a rose-petal bath helps to ease and alleviate these symptoms to a large extent. You must still see your counsellor or doctor, though.
- Treatment for piles: Crushing one rose’s petals in half a cup of water with the help of mortar and pestle – and drinking this thick crush on an empty stomach every morning for 3 days helps relieve the painful condition of piles. The fibre and water content in roses helps flush out toxins from the body. Moreover, they are quite effective against bleeding piles and act as an instant aid to combat pain. Here are the top 9 natural remedies to combat symptoms of piles.
- Rosewater as astringent: Rosewater is created by distilling rose petals with steam. Rosewater is fragrant, and it’s sometimes used as a mild natural fragrance as an alternative to chemical-filled perfumes. Rosewater helps treat skin irritation on sensitive skin, balances out oily skin, softens and tones the skin. As rose petals contain antioxidants and antibacterial compounds, they soothe the skin, providing relief from excessive irritation and itching.
- Heal a sluggish liver: Our hectic lifestyles can sometimes leave the liver fatigued. No point punching the system with more medicines and chemicals. If you feel your insides need a bit of a boost, look to rose petals to help cleanse a congested and overworked liver. Its decongestant antioxidant properties will help to get everything moving and give yor digestive tract a shot in the arm.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a professional healthcare provider if you have any specific questions about any medical matter.
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