The beauty of roses
Roses have been used in perfumes, medicines and foods since ancient times. They have always symbolised decadence, but we are now starting to understand the benefits they can offer our health and wellbeing.
Rose bushes have antibacterial properties, making them ideal to use as a natural ingredient in health and beauty products, while the beauty and fragrance of the blooms can help reduce stress, improve our mood and strengthen ties to family and friends.
Rose essential oil
Research shows that when used in an aromatherapy setting, the oil extracted from roses can produce a calming and relaxing effect, reducing stress and anxiety. Consider adding a few drops of rose oil to your bath, or combine with a carrier oil such as jojoba, sweet almond or avocado for a relaxing massage oil. Burning the oil in an aromatherapy diffuser is another way to benefit from the calming properties of the rose.
Rose water is a by-product of the steam distillation process used to create rose oil and it is often used to soothe dry skin, sunburn and insect bites. One study has suggested that the extract of L. Rose, used in rose water, may reduce wrinkling and damage to the skin’s elasticity caused by UVB rays1.
Consider using rose water as a gentle toner, or soak eye pads in rose water and place them over tired eyes to cool and relieve.
Rose hips are the fruit produced by the rose plant and are often used to make herbal teas, jams, soups and beverages. They contain high quantities of Vitamin C and E, as well as folate and a range of health-boosting phytochemicals. They have also been shown to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Rose hip oil is a nourishing beauty product that you can use as a serum on your skin, after cleansing and before using your moisturiser at night.
Nourish your skin with a natural face mask using rose petals. Simply soak 8 petals in 3-4 tablespoons of water for 2-3 hours. Then mash the petals into the water and add 3 tablespoons of Manuka Honey*. Mix well and apply to entire face. Leave on for 15-30 minutes. Rinse with cool water.
Do you enjoy the benefits of roses in your health and beauty products?
 Tsukahara K, Nakagawa H, Ohtuki M, Moriwaki S, Fujimura T, Takema Y et al. (2004b) A clinical effect of Zingiber officinale(L.) Rose on facial wrinkles and skin elasticity. Jichi Medical School J 27:19–27
*Manuka honey should only be used on unbroken skin. For skin that is broken or wounded, use medical grade Medihoney.