06 Dec Herb of the Month – Rose
A Rose for Your Heart
Could it be more than just a coincidence that we give roses to express our love, gratitude, sympathy – the stuff of emotions? These beauties are celebrated and exchanged the world over, however, their ability to soothe and balance our emotions goes far deeper than fine fragrance and good looks.
Phylum: Trachyophytes (angiosperms)
Sub Family: Rosoideae
Species: multiple spp.
Rose (Rosa spp.) is a time-honoured herbal remedy associated with heart meridian health. It acts as a gently cooling nervine, mild anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory and sedative which is perfect for balancing emotions, reducing excess heat and restoring calm during summer. It has also been used traditionally to fortify the respiratory and immune systems and to help with seasonal allergies, heat-based diarrhea, headaches, sore throats, irritated eyes, skin conditions (acne), heat rashes and fevers, period pain, anxiety, grief, heart-ache, irritability, exhaustion and insomnia.
So… The key here is don’t just admire your roses from a distance – eat them! Actually, even though you can toss a few petals into your salads, it’s a bit more sophisticated than that. Let’s take a look…
Common Herbal Preparations for Rose
Common preparations include drying the petals and infusing them into teas, gargles and tinctures, making petal and rosehip syrups, jams, jellies, honey infusions and rose water, and distilling out the aromatic ‘essential’ rose oil known as rose attar or rose otto.
Rosehips are a rich source of vitamin C. They also contain vitamins K, E and beta carotene. Phytochemicals present in rose oil that produce many of its therapeutic benefits are citronellol, geraniol and nerol. These are believed to have a mildly sedative effect on the sympathetic nervous system.
Antimicrobial, antioxidant, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, astringent, nervine, sedative. In Traditional Chinese Medicine it is pacifying and ‘yin’ in quality.
Rose is a wonderfully pacifying and cooling summer herb in whatever form you encounter it – breathe it in deeply and don’t let any of its hidden qualities go to waste!
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