Everyone has heard the phrase before–Stop and smell the roses.
According to the Alternative Daily,
It isn’t just a saying there are actual health benefits.
The use of roses for aromatherapy dates back a long time . Some historians believe that rose water and rose oil were first distilled in Persia around the 10th century. The cultivation of roses probably dates back to 5,000 years ago in China. However, even before that, our ancestors could easily walk through woodlands filled with rosebushes and reap their aromatic benefits.
#Aromatherapy is a time-honored tradition because of the connection between sense of smell and the #limbic #system of the #brain, which controls emotion and long-#memories, among other functions. This is why a familiar #scent can bring such a strong and vivid connection to a memory of a #person, #place or #event, even if it occurred decades ago.
The colloquial meaning of “stop and smell the roses” is not far from the #aromatherapeutic properties of roses themselves. Smelling these sweet flowers has been linked to #uplifting mood, #soothing #anxiety and #depression symptoms, #balancing #hormones, #lowering #blood #pressure, relieving #headaches, slowing the rate of breath and generally creating a sense of #happiness and# harmony.
The aroma of roses is also closely tied with aphrodisiac effects. It may also help to promote a more restful sleep and uplifting dreams when enjoyed before bedtime.
How to use them.
One way to gain the aromatherapy benefits of roses, besides smelling the actual flowers themselves, is to add a drop of rose essential oil into a diffuser, or combine it with a base oil such as organic, extra virgin coconut oil and using it in a massage. Rose essential oil is usually steam distilled from #Damascus roses, which are considered to be the most fragrant.
When used topically, this oil can also contribute to youthful, #healthy skin and #fade #scarring. It is sometimes diluted and taken internally, and offers# antibacterial, antiviral and other properties, however, we highly recommend speaking to a natural health professional before going this route, and making sure the essential oil you have is pure and food grade if you do so.
The issue with rose essential oil is that it can be very pricey, as it takes a great number of roses to produce just a little bit of oil. It is also often imitated by synthetic imposters, so unless you know your source, it is easy to be duped by a fake rose oil. If you don’t want to invest the money in purchasing a pure, certified rose oil, one solution is to make your own version, although it will not be as potent.
To make a rose oil, start with a clean glass mason jar (boil in water to sterilize), and add one part fresh rose petals (making sure your roses are grown without pesticides or herbicides) to two parts organic grapeseed oil. Close the jar, leave it in a sunny spot for a few days until petals just begin to brown. Finally, strain the liquid and enjoy the aroma.