rose

part of plant used: 
flowers and hips
botanical name: 
Rosa damascena and centrifolia
alternative names: 
Damask rose, Flower of love
rose

Rose flowers are sweet, cool, astringent and both dry and moist. They work to calm, stabilize, restore, decongest and astringe. Made into a tincture the medicinal actions of rose flowers are: mild sedative and analgesic, anti-inflammatory, haemostatic (arrests bleeding and repairs broken blood vessels) and astringent. Rose tincture used in external preparations promotes tissue repair and helps the skin retain moisture – helps hydrate dry and inflamed skin – clears inflammation and heat of eczema or infection.

Rose water has long been used in cooking – in desserts, biscuits and pastries; in the boudoir for skin creams , lotions and powders; in the apothecary in syrups, conserves, vinegars, wines, juleps, electuaries, oils and ointments.

The Persian physicians of the Middle Ages left us voluminous texts describing the qualities of this versatile remedy and the results of their use of it – including for stopping the haemorrhages of the uterus after birthing. For delayed periods with long cycles and heavy painful periods – it harmonises and balances hormones.

Rose flower oil has been used for beauty preparations and healing since the 17th century. Recent research results report the oil is anti-spasmodic, sedative, relaxing, local anaesthetic, antiseptic, anti-parasitic, laxative, anti-cholesterol and cardiotonic.

Rosehips tincture has similar medicinal actions and produces more oil than the flowers. And rosehips contain large amounts of Vitamin C – which is invaluable for restoring and repairing of every part of us.