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Roses are not just looks and smell

Roses are primarily known for their beauty and fragrance, but they also have some potential health benefits and have been used for many years.

The scent of roses is often used in aromatherapy to reduce stress and promote relaxation. Inhaling the aroma of rose essential oil or rose petals can help calm the mind and reduce anxiety. It also has benefits to the skin either in massage as an aromatherapy oil or products such as balms and creams. Rosewater, which is made by steeping rose petals in water, is known for its mild astringent and soothing properties. It can be used as a natural toner for the skin, helping to cleanse and hydrate, as well as reduce redness and irritation. It's also used to treat conditions like acne and dermatitis.

Roses contain antioxidants, such as vitamin C and flavonoids, which can help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. These antioxidants can potentially boost the immune system and contribute to overall health.

Some studies have shown that the polyphenols found in roses have an anti-Inflammatory effect.< which is another reason they are so good for your skin and helping with other inflammatory conditions. This is one reason I often use rose petals in my teas.

Rose tea has been found to have a calming effect on the digestive system. It can be a mild laxative, so moderation is key. The soothing effects of Rose tea has been shown to be useful in helping to alleviate menstrual cramps. Rubbing a rose infused oil over the abdomen may also help.

Traditionally the calming smell of Rose petals has been used in respiratory conditions such as asthma and bronchitis, so running a diffuser with a little rose oil during periods when these are a problem may be helpful

The smell of roses has also been shown to reduce anxiety and enhance mood so again rose oil in a diffuser with a little lavender oil would a beautiful combination.

It's important to use roses for health purposes with caution and consult a healthcare professional, particularly if you have specific health concerns or allergies. Rose products, such as essential oils or teas, should be high quality and used according to recommended guidelines and in moderation. Additionally, the effectiveness of roses for specific health benefits may vary from person to person, and more scientific research is needed to fully understand their potential health impacts.


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