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Natural home remedy - Rosa centifolia

Rosa centifolia is also known as the cabbage rose. It is known for its fragrance and for having many petals. Traditionally associated with Venus, the godess of love and beauty, it has also been known for its healing powers. It is used in a number of cosmetic and skin care products. It has astringent and anti-inflammatory properties. It is known for its aphrodisiac, sedative and antidepressant qualities.

Health benefits and Medicinal uses of Rose (Rosa centifolia)

Rosa centifolia health benefits and home remedies
Rose centifolia

The rose flower has various medicinal properties. Roses contain vitamin C, pectin, and citric acids. It also cools the body.

Health benefits of Rose Hips

Rose hips health benefits and home remedies
Rose hips

Rose hips are the round portion of the rose flower below the petals. They contain the seeds of the rose plant. Fresh rose hips contain vitamin C, but it is said that processing the plant or drying it , destroys most of the vitamin C. Some species like the Dog rose and (Rosa canina) Rugosa rose (Rosa rugosa), are very rich in vitamin C, amongst the richest in plant source. Taken in the form of tea they are good for infections, particularly bladder infections. Rose hip tea is also used in the treatment of diarrhea. It helps to fight off colds and flu germs and viruses. The presence of organic acids in rose hip tea helps to strengthen the digestive tract and the stomach lining as well as eliminating toxic wastes in the intestines.

Health benefits of Rose Tea

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Tea can be made from rose buds, rose petals and rose hips. Rose bud and rose petal tea has been used in Chinese medicine for more than 4000 years. Rose tea can be made by simply seeping rose petals in boiling water for three to five minutes. To make a tea from rose hips, chop the rose hips and boil them in water for about half an hour. Strain and drink. You can add honey if you want to.

Precautions

Do not take rose tea if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
It is not recommended if you are suffering from diabetes or anemia.
If you are taking any medications, please consult your doctor for any interactions with the medicines.





How to Make Rose Water?

Pure rose water is the distilled form of roses.

How to make rose water
How to make rose water (1)
Ingredients

Rose
petals 2 cups
Water (about twice the amount of rose petals)
Ice cubes or crushed ice.





Method
How to make rose water
How to make rose water (2)

Take a stainless steel pot with a rounded lid which can be inverted. Place a brick or a steel stand to hold a bowl in the centre of the pot. Put the rose petals around the brick. Pour in water in the pot to cover the rose petals. Place the bowl on the brick. Place the lid upside down on the pot and turn on the stove. When the water boils, place the ice cubes on top of the lid, and lower the heat to simmer. As the water boils, steam rises, condenses and collects in the bowl. Leave it on for 30 mins and check if the petals have lost its colour. Do not boil for too long. Put off the stove, let it cool completely before you lift the lid. Pour the rose water collected in the bowl into a bottle for use.