Herb of the Day: Rose


( Rosa damascena )

Most of the rose oil that is used in aromatherapy comes from the damask rose, which originated in Syria and has been prized scent, color and shape of its blooms, but most important , its therapeutic properties.

The petals and stamens are used to produce the oil, which is a pale yellow green, oily in texture and strongly scented. Rose water is believed to have medicinal properties which is a by product of this distillation process. Rose oil is used externally to treat a wide variety of disorders, including respiratory infections, liver congestion, sensitive skin, nausea, stress, and broken capillaries. It is said to have antidepressant, antiseptic, astringent, and sedative properties and is considered a tonic for the liver, uterus,stomach, and heart.

Aids with; anxiety, depression, insomnia, loss of appetite, nausea, diminished sex drive, cough, hay fever, menstrual pain, sore throat, skin problems, mouth ulcers, and use of rose water only for eye and eyelid.

Cotton balls can be soaked in rose water and placed over the eyes to relieve fatigue and irritation.

Rose oil can be used in a diffuser to scent a room or sprinkled on a tissue and inhaled. Buy rose oil only from a reputable source, because the oil is so expensive to produce, its purity may be compromised.


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