Ravishing Roses: Calm The Mind, Cure Acne, and Soothe A Sore Throat (Video).

I woke up today thinking why on earth do I not know a lot about roses? I thought to myself good lordy nugget your name is Rose! I’ve learned a lot about herbal medicine and alternative healing this year but I really havn’t been focusing on what I really should know most about and that is…ravishing roses! I know a little about the therauptic benefits of roses because I have used rose oil before and tasted rose tea. Let me tell ya nuggets…rose tea is delicious and I’m not just saying that because of my name. Also, it really calms the nerves…especially when your in massage school. :) When I used rose oil a while back I noticed that it calmed my skin quite a bit. I had pretty bad roseache when I was a kid and I wished I had known the cure for my skin was right in front of my me.  Since I wanted to know more about ravishing roses and their beautifying properties I did some research. Here is what I found:

Roses are highly used in Ayurvedic Medicine.

Relaxing effect of rose oil on humans.

One increasingly popular type of alternative therapy is aromatherapy, but scientific validation in this field is still rare. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of rose oil (Rosa damascena Mill, Rosaceae) on human autonomic parameters and emotional responses in healthy subjects after transdermal absorption. In order to exclude any olfactory stimulation the inhalation of the fragrances was prevented by breathing masks. Forty healthy volunteers participated in the experiments. Five autonomic parameters, i.e. blood pressure, breathing rate, blood oxygen saturation, pulse rate, and skin temperature, were recorded. Emotional responses were assessed by means of rating scales. Compared to placebo, rose oil caused significant decreases of breathing rate, blood oxygen saturation and systolic blood pressure, which indicate a decrease of autonomic arousal. At the emotional level, subjects in the rose oil group rated themselves as more calm, more relaxed and less alert than subjects in the control group. These findings are likely to represent a relaxing effect of the rose oil and provide some evidence for the use of rose oil in aromatherapy, such as causing relief of depression and stress in humans (pubmed).

Rose tea (tea made with rose petals and hips) is not a new idea. Here are 10 extraordinary health benefits of rose tea.

The reasons for the diuretic effects of the roses are they contain Vitamin C, pectin, malic and citric acids.”

  1. It clears toxins and heat from the body. As a result it has a cooling effect on the body.
  2. It can relieve from sore throat, runny nose and blocked bronchial tubes.
  3. It is useful to people those prone to chest problems by fighting against infections.
  4. Rose tea helps to fight the infection in the digestive tract and re-establish the normal bacterial population of the intestines.
  5. It relieves fluid retention and hastens the elimination of wastes through kidneys.
  6. It is a wonderful remedy for dysentery, diarrhea and gastro enteritis.
  7. It is a laxative. It works as a remedy for all liver problems including sluggishness and constipation.
  8. It cleanses the liver and gall bladder and promotes bile flow.
  9. Rose petal tea can be used to relieve uterine congestion causing pain and heavy periods. It is an excellent remedy for irregular periods and infertility.
  10. It has an uplifting effect on the nervous system and can relieve insomnia, depression and fatigue (vega-licious).

Here is a video showing you how to make Rose Hip Tea:

Here is a video showing you how to make rose oil:

 

 

Stay Rosy!

Sincerely,

Radical Rose

 

PS: You can buy really high quality roses from mountainroseherbs.com

Resources:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19370942

http://www.vega-licious.com/therapeutic-benefits-of-roses-and-rose-teas/

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Reflection

Reflection, a word every individual should act out and incorporate into their daily lives. Without reflection of ourselves there is never any room for improvement. Again as I sit in my cave of contentment I reflect on the past wrongdoings and foolish behavior I had once done in the past. I blame the song Perfection by Goldfinger and its enchanting sound. Why must we feel the need to judge others from outside appearances? Why don’t we all just treat others how we want to be treated. I just would like to reflect on how our lives can sincerely change by the way we perceive others and treating others how we want to be treated. Now this discussion is pretty well forced into our lives beginning as young children and carried upon until we are adults but let’s get real do any one of us really try to do our very best at treating others how we want to be treated. I know I don’t! I’m not saying I’m a bitter cold-hearted Grinch here but I must say I’ve haven’t always had the kindest words to say about others. So once again I reflect on my wrongdoings and I am determined to completely turn around my outlook on others and transform my not so kind words into a reflection of a sincerity and uplifting behavior. I’ve already started to start my mission of enlightenment and I must say it is quite satisfying. Below are my steps to pure contentment and enlightenment:

~Be content with what you already have. If you have food, water, and shelter you are set. Here is a quote that really inspired me with this situation: “Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.” -Anna Lappe

~Have future plans or goals that you want to reach. Because with those ideas in mind there is always something to look forward too.

~Don’t conform. Listen to your gut and stay true to yourself.

~Have a healthy lifestyle: when having this it will not only make you feel better but with certain foods and herbal remedies can help you have a more positive and serene outlook on life.

Happy Foods/Herbal Remedies

  1. Eating oranges, it’s that simple.
  2. St.John’s Wort, a herb that helps serotonin (one of the main chemical messenger sin the brain) levels. This herb is mainly given to individuals that have depression. I personally do not have depression but I must say since I take this herb that it definitely gives you a happy boost and is safe to take even if you don’t have depression. If you are on ANY kind of pharmaceutical medication you should make sure your medication doesn’t interfere or have side effects with this herb. This herb is excellent and is one of my top favorite herbs to take. I ingest it either through tea or capsule form.
  3. Passion flower, this flower also helps stabilize and increase serotonin levels. I suggest you either take St.Johns Wort or Passion flower and see which one your prefer. You should not take both St.John’s Wort and Passion Flower together because it would be a waste of each herb. Both of the herbs pretty much have the same affects so only stick with one.
  4. Kava Kava Extract, this herb originated from islands located around Fiji. This herb increases cheerfulness in your mood. Merry Christmas Grinch! 🙂 Haha, anyways I take this herb usually at night or when I want to feel extremely relaxed. Make sure you won’t be driving for a while it really does make you VERY relaxed.
  5. Hibiscus Tea, I take a tea with hibiscus in it but it is actually called Groovy Tea. No joke! I love this tea it tastes extremely delicious.

Inspiring Quotes

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you.” -Walt Whitman 

“Take care of our own well-being, by focusing on thoughts that bring us more joy. But most importantly, we could remind ourselves that every situation, no matter how happpiness can give us the opportunity to find our bliss.”

“The giver should be thankful.”

“Make your imagination limitless.”

St.Johns Wort, who knew what a little plant could do 🙂

Passion Flower

My favorite tea combined with the song feelin’ groovy by Simon and Garfunkel and you can call it a fantastic day! 🙂

My groovy tea 🙂

Well thanks for reading and have a positive day! 

Beautiful…I just love the trumpet part:

Stay Rosy!

Sincerely,

Radical Rose

 

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