Health and Skin Benefits of Roses

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Background:

 Growing up, my father planted roses throughout our front yard. I loved smelling all of the different types of roses. Whenever I passed by them, I would take time to breathe in the beautiful scents from the different varieties.

It turns out that taking time to smell the roses is actually very beneficial to our overall health and well being. So, the phrase, “take time to stop and smell the roses,” is not only just an old saying but there are actually beneficial reasons behind the message!

Out of all of your senses, the sense of smell is the strongest and the quickest to react to its surroundings. That’s why, when we smell a familiar scent, it can transport us back to a time that we’ve long believed we’ve forgotten. Even today, there are certain scents that can transport me back to childhood, visits to India, ex boyfriends, the school cafeteria, etc. In fact, Chanel No. 5 always reminds me of my childhood, as it was the scent my mother wore growing up. 

 I was upset that the rose bush was taller than me...not much has changed :)

I was upset that the rose bush was taller than me...not much has changed :)

The Benefits:

The Scent:

The immediate effect of stopping and smelling the roses is a calming result due to the pleasant scent. Due to the calming results, it is linked to a natural anti-depressant, is a mood lifter and anxiety soother.

If you can’t get your hands on roses to sniff out daily, try rose oil in a diffuser or rose spray to mist when needed.

Your Skin:

Aside from smelling the roses, you can use rose water sprays to assist with skincare. It has been known to help with redness, inflammation, balancing skin pH, dryness and eczema. A little spray goes a long way! A quick spritz on your face also helps you to reset via the calming scent.

One More Thing:

Let’s say you’re at work and you just don’t want to be that girl who is constantly spraying herself with rose water or bringing fresh flowers for herself. ONE: there’s nothing wrong with that girl, I want to be her and TWO: I get it. So, how about a cup of tea?

I love tea! I love the benefits of it and the soothing quality of it. Why wouldn’t I have rose tea? My favorite rose tea is from the company called Pukka. It’s called Love and you will feel the love after a few sips of this rose, chamomile and lavender elixir of love. 

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Sarah Ittoop