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 goddess of love and beauty, it has also been known for its healing powers. It is used in a number of cosmetic and skincare 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)
The rose flower has various medicinal properties. Roses contain vitamin C, pectin, and citric acids. It also cools the body.
- Rose tea helps to fight against infection in the digestive tracts and intestines.
- The rose petals release fluid retention and hasten the elimination of wastes through the kidneys.
- A decoction prepared by boiling rose petals in water is effective home remedy against sore throat.
- Rose oil is also used in a room diffuser and for aromatherapy. It is helpful for stress related conditions like insomnia and nervous tension, due to its soothing properties.
- A decoction prepared from rose petals is an effective natural remedy and treatment for bladder infection.
- Rose petals help to cleanse the liver and gall bladder and promote bile flow.
- Make an infusion of crushed rose petals by adding it to a cup of boiling water. Strain and drink it twice a day for diarrhoea.
- For chapped lips and dry skin, equal portions of glycerine, rose water and fresh lime juice mixed together and applied on the body helps.
- Rose petal tea is a very good remedy for irregular periods.
- Rose water makes a good eye wash for sore or inflamed eyes.
Health benefits of 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 sources. Taken in the form of tea they are good for infections, particularly bladder infections. Rosehip 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 rosehip 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
Tea can be made from rosebuds, rose petals, and rose hips. Rosebud and rose petal tea have been used in Chinese medicine for more than 4000 years. Rose tea can be made by simply steeping rose petals in boiling water for three to five minutes. To make 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.
Do not take rose tea if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
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
How to Make Rose Water?
Pure rose water is the distilled form of roses.
petals 2 cups
Water (about twice the amount of rose petals)
Ice cubes or crushed ice.
Take a stainless steel pot with a rounded lid that 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 their colour. Do not boil for too long. Put off the stove, let it cool completely before you lift the lid. Pour the rosewater collected in the bowl into a bottle for use.