A thorny flowering plant with beautiful, colourful blossoms from white, yellow to red, Rose is the most popular flowering plant of all. There are about 200 species and more than 18,000 cultivars with Rosa Damascena regarded as the 'crème de la crème' of all roses.
The Healing Properties of Rose
Rose has been used in the ancient Chinese, Persians, Romans and Greeks for various treatments such as abdominal and chest pain, strengthening the heart, menstrual bleeding, digestive problems, depression, nervous stress and tension.
In Traditional Western Medicine, Rose Oil is used as an anti-inflammatory agent. Rose extract contains more than 300 chemical compounds such as Citronellol, Geraniol, Nerol, Farnesol, Eugenol, to name a few. Up to 3,000 kgs of rose petals are needed to produce 1 kg extract, therefore Rose extract is quite expensive.
In modern medicine, many studies highlighted the health benefits of Rose extract:
- for the treatment of depression and anxiety
- to ease the pain
- for the treatment of people with dementia and alzheimer
- to ease coughs
- for the treatment of people with diabetes
- as a potential anti-HIV drug
The Cosmetic Uses of Rose Extract
Rose extract has been known for its excellent hydrating and soothing properties. It is suitable for all skin types, especially for mature or premature ageing and sensitive skin. The calming aroma of Rose helps you to relax and reduce stress.
Rose extract is one of the key ingredients in Rose & Cacay Hydrating Serum Cream. At PariQu, we use rose extract from Bulgaria. Bulgaria is known to have the best climate and soil for growing Rose Damascena, a species of Rose which is regarded as the crème de la crème of all roses.
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