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The Wellness Benefits of Rose: Much More Than a Pretty Pink Flower


February 09, 2017

 

Spritz, Sip and Smell Your Way to Beauty, Health and Love

The healing and beauty properties of roses have been harnessed for centuries, with documented use by the Ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians. Cleopatra is known for many things (questionable morals and taste in men) including her luxurious and extravagant beauty routine. While her milk and honey bathing ritual is the most well known, it is said that the ruler cherished her rosewater as a facial and body toner. Perhaps the flower contributed to her recognition as the most beautiful woman in the world.

There are a plethora of reasons why rosewater continues to be a staple in beauty-lovers repertoires and why nearly every major skincare brand uses the aromatic, luscious essence of rose petals. The benefits can be seen from simply smelling a fresh bloom in the garden to the distillation of petals that gives us rose oil.

You can use the fresh or dried petals and oil in your routine, but we currently have a special place in our hearts for rosewater. Rosewater is actually a byproduct of the steam distillation process to make rose oil from rose petals.


Skin Benefits of the Beauty Elixir

Roses have a myriad of health and skin benefits because it is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, high in antioxidants like Vitamin C, gently cleansing and moisturizing. These properties make it suitable for all skin types and a variety of ailments.


Skin Benefits Include:

Gives a dose of hydration to dry skin
Soothes sensitive or irritated skin
Softens dry or rough skin
Prevents oxidation and fights signs of aging
Promotes healing of acne 
Calms redness, irritation and inflammation
Gently cleanses
Naturally balances skin pH

    Ways to Incorporate Rose Into Your Routine

    Spray It

    Close your eyes and apply a few aromatic sprays fresh out of the shower before applying other serums and moisturizers, layer with other products to lock in moisture, calm and sooth redness or irritation, and create that dewy, irresistible glow. Mist a final spray to set make-up and rid your skin of any powdery look. Continue spritzing throughout the day when you need a pick me up.

    These mists are a key skin saver for traveling. The circulating air on planes, trains and automobiles can cause serious dryness and irritation. Spritz before, during and after travel to show your skin some love and ensure a fresh face upon arrival to your destination.

    *Store your spray in the fridge for an extra dose of refreshment!


    Taste it

    Eating and drinking rose has also been thought to be anti-inflammatory, provide stress relief and support digestive function along with a delicious, subtle floral flavor. Incorporate it into cookies, jams, cocktails, teas, or try these popular rose waters here and here.


    Bathe in it

    Your skin is connected from your head down to your toes, and the power of rose can be used throughout. Add rosewater, oil or petals to your bath and bask in the sensual, calming aroma while soothing, moisturizing and toning your skin. Incorporate other essential oils or Epsom salts for added benefits.


    Breathe it in

    Our olfactory sense is a powerful thing, as the sense with the strongest ability to bring you back to a specific memory and a great impact on emotions. The aroma of rose is said to evoke harmony, cultivate kindness and compassion, and act as an aphrodisiac (hence rose petals on honeymooners beds).

    Use water or oil as a perfume, add a few drops to another oil, like coconut or almond, for massage, or diffuse throughout the bedroom or home.


    Balance your Heart Chakra

    The scent of rose oil is related to our heart, use it to balance the Heart Chakra (Anahata) and to enhance romance and love, as well as boost happiness.


    Join Us to Learn More and Craft Your Own Rosewater

    maven made rosewater wonder mist event
    What: Rosewater Wondermist Blending Event
    Where: Om On Yoga
    When: Friday, February 10th from 6:45pm to 7:45pm.

    Join Maven Made and Om On Yoga for a Pre-Valentine’s Day event. There will be different floral waters to pick from for the base, including rose, geranium, and gardenia for different skin types. Learn about each of the different ingredients + their benefits, and take home your very own, hand-crafted Wondermist!

     

    los poblanos lavender new mexico yoga retreat
    What: Los Poblanos Retreat
    Where: Albuquerque, New Mexico
    When: May 3-7, 2017
    In addition to the magical lavender, yoga and cuisine, students will also have the opportunity to spend time with Christa Obuchowski a traditional naturopath, botanical perfumer, distiller, educator, and founder of the AromaBotanica Institute in Santa Fe, NM. In the time spent together with Christa participants will be guided on a sensory journey of the beautiful rose bushes on the grounds of Los Poblanos. After exploring and learning about their properties together, rose will be picked and distilled to create a Rosewater and Perfume.

     

    Please note this content is based upon our personal experience and opinions.  We are not medical/ health care professionals and resources and suggestions are not meant to diagnose or treat illnesses or health conditions.  For specific advise for your personal situation please consult your medical or health care professional.  All cited products, articles, and linked content is not reviewed by nor endorsed by Om On Yoga.  This content is merely a resource that we are passing on for those interested.

     

     



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