It is not for nothing that rose is called the queen of flowers. Thousands of years ago when poets and lovers were writing odes to the rose, Ayurvedic healers were crushing, juicing, grinding, drying and preserving it for herbal remedies, teas, and aromatic oils. As per the ancient oral tradition, these healers were using the rose to cool a blazing pitta dosha-the mind-body force associated with fire, heat, anger, ambition and stress. Although some people are prone to pitta imbalances all the time, most feel its effects in summers when this dosha is the strongest. In moderation, however, rose is a tridoshic flower, meaning it's beneficial forf everyone all year round!!
In India, parents feed their children delicious spoonfuls of rose petal conserve, called gulkand because according to Ayurveda, it nourishes the brain tissue and improves memory. It's also a great source of water-soluble fibre so it relieves constipation. Try a spoonful alone or on toast, with fruit, in milk or a yogurt-based drink.
Recipe for gulkand: Put 4 ounces each of organic rose petals and granulated sugar in a blender and churn them. Place the mixture in a glass jar and leave out in the sunshine for 10 to 15 days.
Roses play a starring role in Ayurvedic beauty care because they regulate the functioning of brajaka pitta, a sub-dosha that controls the biochemical processes in the skin. Among other things, roses reduce wrinkles, improve complexion, and slow the signs of aging. To reap these benefits, use natural, rose-based soaps, moisturizers and lotions. Add a few drops of rose essential oil to your massage oil and make your own skin care product.
Soak two pads of cotton wool in organic rosewater at room temperature and then place them over your eyelids for 10 minutes.
Add some organic rosewater to your bath water for a fragrant, rejuvenating experience. Afterwards, spritz all over to refresh your skin and protect it from the elements.
Breathe in rosewater's uplifting aroma.Organic rosewater can be hard to find. To make your own, boil 6 cups of organic red rose petals in a quart of water for 15 minutes. Cool, strain into a glass bottle and refrigerate.
Improve your meditation by applying a drop of rose essential oil to your forehead between the eyebrows before meditation.
Deepen your sleep by sprinkling a few drops of rose essential oil on your pillow. Calm down by spritzing some rose essential oil on a clean handkerchief. Inhale when you are feeling anxious or upset.
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