Beauty Ingredient. Focus on Rose

Suprise.  Shoshana means Rose.  And because I love the name so much I named my son, Lotem, which is a variation of a Rose, Cistus.  Therefore this is the first of many posts about herbs that are used in Beauty Products. 

 Rose (rosa damascena and centifolia)

Rose has been used since long ago for its divine fragrance, and its skin enhancing properties.  In natural beauty the petals are used to make essential oil and rose water, and as an herbal infusion. It is soothing and balancing for the skin, and of course its amazing aroma.

It has a long history in its use in folk remedies.  Rose is best valued for dry, sensitive skin. It has an astringent effect which makes it useful in diminishing the redness. It is important to ensure that the product contains the genuine natural rose oil. Many products contain rose that is synthetic, this has no therapeutic value. 

To brew rose hip tea, chop, and cover water and boil for 30 minutes. Strain and add honey if desired.

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