Rose (Rosa spp.)

Rose (Rosa spp.)

Other common names: Apothecary rose, tea rose, cabbage rose, wild rose, dog rose,

rose

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damask rose, and other species.

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Family: Rosaceae

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Antimicrobial, antioxidant, nutritive, antihistamine, aperient laxative, astringent, anti-cancer, pectoral, refrigerant, diuretic, overall tonic, immune booster, kidney and bladder detoxifier, alterative, anti-inflammatory, hormone balancer, hypotensive, styptic.

Harvest:

For use of the petals, harvest the roses right before the flowers open all the way. Be sure to do so on a dry day, preferably in the morning after the dew has dissipated. Rose hips are harvested after the first frost, when the constituents are most potent.

Part used: Hips, petals

Constituents:

Vitamins C, E, K, B1 and B2, α-pinene, β-pinene, α-terpinene, limonene, p-cymene, camphene, limonene, citronellol, geraniol, nerol, linalool, stearoptene, citric acid, iron, calcium, malic acid, quercitin, pectin, niacin, tannins, sugar, resins, and many others.

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Indications:

Used to treat cold and flu symptoms, heavy menstruation, internal bleeding, infections, coughs,  diarrhea, constipation, depression, exhaustion, PMS, menstrual cramps, anxiety, It is also used to help prevent cancer, and to purify the blood, lower cholesterol, cleanse the kidneys and bladder, boost the immune system and restore health and energy after a long period of sickness or exhaustion.

Medicinal preparations:

*Do not use aluminum pots or utensils during the preparation of rose petals or hips, as it depletes the vitamin C and other constituents

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Rose hips. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Internal

Rose petals and hips can be used in tea, tincture, electuaries, elixirs, hydrosols and more. For consumption, remove the seeds from the hips as they can be irritating to the mouth and throat.

External

Rose is popular as an addition to cosmetic and therapeutic products. It can be used in infused oils, essential oil, creams, salves, washes, hair/scalp treatments and other applications. It is also much-loved as an aromatherapy remedy.

Contraindications:

rose leaves

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Consult with a doctor before use if pregnant, nursing, taking any pharmaceuticals, or if you suffer from an obstructed bile duct, kidney or gallstones, compromised organ function or other serious underlying condition. Stop taking rose supplements at least two weeks before undergoing surgery.

I suggest consulting a pharmacist or physician before starting any herbal supplement if you are taking a prescription medication or have serious underlying health concerns.

Energetic/traditional use:

Out of all the known plants on earth, rose vibrates on the highest energetic frequency. In a number of traditions, rose petals were used to crown sacred figures, worn during rituals, floated in wine glasses and used in weddings. Energetically it is connected with the feminine, love and acceptance, harmony, inner and outer beauty, attracting true, unconditional love, and balance. Sprinkled in the home, rose petals are reputed to bring peace and resolve arguments. They also encourage healing and love of self. In dream pillows they can encourage psychic ability and dream journeys.

Disclaimer: The information on this website is intended as general education on herbs and is not intended to take the place of medical care. Please consult a health care professional before embarking on any health regime.

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