Rose (Rosa rugosa)
The rose is well known the world over as a beautiful specimen for the garden, as symbols of love and as a favorite scent for perfume. The flowers are even found in literature like Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" and in history. Who hasn't heard of the War of the Roses? Rosa-rugosa is an old species with a simple flower. Also known as the Japanese rosa, this particular variety has been cultivated for hundreds of years. The plants have a wonderful fragrance and a variety of colors to choose from.
Key Medicinal Uses
Internally The herb is used to stimulate the liver, increase the appetite and improve the circulation. Rose petal herbal tea is given for mastitis and breast pain, menstrual problems and to soothe a restless fetus. Rosehip herbal tea is full of nutrients that we need to maintain optimum health. It strengthens the immune system and can help prevent colds and flu due to a high vitamin C content.
Externally Rose water can be used as an eyewash and as a mouthwash. It can also be used to treat acne and irritated skin. Splash it on after cleansing the face for a refreshing toner. It is good for aging skin. Add the herb to creams, lotions, moisturizers, massage oils, after shaves, salves, balms and antiseptic sprays. Herbal tea made from petals relieves dry mouth.
In Ayurvedic medicine, infusion is used on inflammations and for wound poultices. It can also be used to wash surgical incisions or in compresses. Petals or essential oil can be added to the bath for a luxurious, relaxing experience.
Other Uses The herb is also used as an essential oil in aromatherapy for anxiety and depression. Infused oil can be used in massage to ease pain, soothe nerves and relieve stress. Roses can be made into jams, jellies and syrups. Essential oil is used in perfumes.
Herbs to Combine/Supplement
Rose honey or syrup can be added to vanilla, ginger and cinnamon to make a very nourishing general tonic that is stimulating, energizing and considered an aphrodisiac. Mixing petals with sea salt, Epsom salts and lavender makes a soothing foot bath. A nourishing herbal tea for the heart and circulatory system can be made by blending petals with lemon balm and oatstraw.
Petals The petals are used medicinally.
Some people may be allergic to this herb. There are no known drug interactions or contraindications for taking.
Preparation and Dosage
Rose petal herbal tea can be taken once or twice per day. To make it, put 2 to 4 teaspoons of dried petals in 1 cup of boiling water. Infuse the petals for 10 to 15 minutes. This tea an also be used as an eyewash or mouthwash. A tincture can be taken 2 or 3 times per day in a dose of 3 or 4 teaspoons.