Botanical Ingredient Spotlight: ROSE
There is a saying that roses are good for “the skin and the soul”, and they have a long tradition of medicinal use. Rose was possibly the first plant to be distilled (i.e. to extract the essential oil), by the 10th-century Arab physician, Avicenna.
I’m sure there are not many who would argue if I were to say that the rose is the ultimate feminine flower... but why are roses so associated with women?
- The fragrance of rose has a soothing effect on the emotions, particularly depression. It is said to “lift” the heart and ease stress.
- The scent of roses is also said to give a woman positive feelings about herself… and I’m sure we could all use some of that from time to time! As I think of it, it’s like a warm hug for the soul.
- In skincare, rose is useful for all skin types and, due to its high content of vitamins and antioxidants, is particularly good for those with mature and dry skin. Sensitive skin also benefits from its gentle, soothing qualities.
- rose’s tonic and soothing qualities are helpful for reducing inflammation, and is thought to be a good treatment for broken thread veins.
- Rose is an excellent tonic for the womb – it can ease PMT and help to regulate the menstrual cycle.
- Rose is also said to be helpful with sexual difficulties by soothing underlying tension or stress by triggering your body to release the “happy” hormone dopamine.
As you can see, rose has gained its “feminine” reputation for a very good reason!