#CurrentlyObsessed: The Healing Power of Roses
June is National Rose Month, for no particular reason, other than the fact that roses are ethereally fragrant and have forever been a symbol of true love and beauty. Therefore why would this flower not have one of the most beautiful months of the year dedicated entirely to it?
And full disclosure, we have a serious addiction to all things rose during all other 11 months of the year: We sip them in our waters, teas, cocktails. We blend them through our ice creams, and rub their botanical oil concentration on our bodies. We keep billowing blossoms of them on our desks.
Roses have long been an elusive symbol of luxury. And as it turns out, there’s a lot more than meets the eye when it comes to Sakara's favorite flower. These delicate, albeit potent, beauties have been found to heal everything from heart disease, to soothing skin, to post-breakup disconcertion.
Roses contain powerful anti-inflammatory components — healing and nourishing our minds, bodies, and spirits from the inside out (as well as the outside in!). As we now know, inflammation is the root cause of almost all illness and disease, contributing to everything from diabetes, heart disease, digestive issues, anxiety + depression, skin dilemmas, and cancer (just to name just a few). Widely used in Ayurveda to calm and tame inflammation within the body and mind, rose and rose oil are soothing antidotes to the physical stresses of everyday living. Due to it’s cleansing properties, rose oil supports the liver in it’s never-ending quest to facilitate detoxification and serve as a gentle diuretic, promoting healthy and regular elimination. It also acts as a blood purifier, helping to remove and neutralize toxins. Who knew the fundamentals of a Valentine's bouquet could be so nutrimental?
And when it comes to nourishing your body’s largest organ, it's pretty tough to beat rose water + rose oil. These skin-soothers are antibacterial (c ya l8er, blemishes), gently cleansing, potently calming, affectively moisturizing, and über high in antioxidant-rich vitamin C. They're super effective at soothing inflammation (such as acne, rosacea, redness, bug bites and sunburn) and naturally replenish the skin’s pH moisture. The vitamin C content will prevent your skin from oxidizing (aka aging), to keep you glowing.
On top of all that goodness, roses make you happy! A 2009 study found that when exposed to rose essential oil, participants showed immediate decreases in blood pressure, breathing rate, pulse rate, and skin temperature (biological indicators of relaxation), and reported feeling more calm and alert. These results aren’t surprising, as Ayurvedic practitioners have long turned to rose to temper and soothe internal fires (looking at you, Pitta) of stress and anxiety. Rose oil has also been found to effectively lift depression, and is widely used in aromatherapy to invoke positive thoughts, relaxation, and sentiments of immediate joy. So, next time you're feeling anything less than incredible, go out and buy yourself a dozen roses, accompanied by some rose essential oil, and show that beautiful soul of yours some joy-inducing LOVE.
Happy summer, Sakaralites!