3 October, 2019
Roses are considered to be one of the loveliest and fragrant of all flowers. Its petals are soft and silky, and yet the plant is filled with thorns, and to pick one, you may have to brave the thorns. The flower is often used in quotes like “Life is not a bed of roses” to indicate the level of ease and smoothness. Roses have been used since ancient times, to express desires in many ways, and red roses have always been associated with love.
The red roses sell like hotcakes, especially on Valentine’s Day; even on the other days, the multi-colored roses are a big hit for those who seek to please their spouses on special occasions like a birthday or an anniversary. Roses have never gone out of style, across generations, and it is also a highly sought after flower for decorations. In India, it is also one of those flowers which are used for adorning gods, and even many women choose to wear it on their hair. As a result, roses are cultivated in many parts of India, and there are many famous rose gardens across the country. But, is there more to this everyday flower that we look at as a beautiful bloom?
At least for those in India, there are many uses of a Rose, like the Rosewater, its use in fragrances and incenses, and of course, the famous Gulkhand, as well. It is called Gulab in India, and our marriages and special occasions are not complete without a Gulab Jal. Incredibly, the Rose is an edible flower, and you could actually just pick up one and chew on the petals. It has incredible medicinal values that we are not aware of. It is also used fresh as well as in other forms in many cuisines across the world, as well.
The Rose, especially the Desi Gulab, is said to be a natural diuretic, and it helps heal stomach ailments and also aids digestion. It is also a refreshing agent and can help you fight lethargy and stress, as well. Rose petal baths are common to relieve stress, and it is said to help your skin stay soft, smooth, and young. It is a natural skin toner, and you may even use rose water on a cotton swab to clean your makeup.
Especially for climatic conditions like those in India, the Rosewater acts as an anti-UV agent and can protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. So, you may apply Rosewater on your skin before stepping out into the sun, and it can double up as a perfume as well. It is even used in treating sunburns.
It has antibacterial properties that make it a good agent to fight against acne and even a few other skin diseases like eczema and psoriasis. It can also help relieve the soreness of the skin. Using Rosewater swabs on your eyes can help prevent dark circles from forming. It is also an excellent hair rejuvenating agent; it helps get relief from itchy scalp, and also promoted hair growth. Rose petals are rich in antioxidants as well as Vitamins A, B3, C, D, and E.
Rose tea helps cleanse the gall bladder, and also in bringing down fevers, as well as fighting against certain bronchial infections. Rosewater is also added to many eye care products because of the soothing effect it provides. The Rose petals are flush with water and aid in better metabolism, and thus, they can also be a good weight loss agent, and also help us in flushing toxins from the body.
Research has proven that Rose tea can help women to relieve menstrual cramps and anxiety. The Rosehip helps regulate blood sugar levels in the body, and it also contains a lot of iron, that can benefit your body. It prevents anemia and aid metabolism too.
What will you do?
Well, you may be growing roses in your garden, or just buying them to spruce up your decor. But, make sure not to throw them out, as you can dry and use the petals in these various ways. If nothing, the petals of the flower as a whole can be dried, even in an oven, and then you can collect them and keep them in a potpourri to decorate your living spaces. These look good, especially if you can get a colorful mix, and they smell good too.
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