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The Health Benefits of Roses

The Health Benefits of Roses

There is more to roses than just a traditional Valentine’s Day bouquet. Since ancient times, roses have been revered as symbols of the feminine, and of love: St. Dominic, for instance, believed that the Virgin Mary visited him and gave him the first rosary, made with rose-scented beads. But these lovely flowers also possess true healing properties. Find out how to use roses to alleviate anxiety, headache, asthma, depression, stress, and more:

Be sure to use essential rose oil, not a synthetic fragrance. Undiluted rose oil is very costly, but even essential rose oils that have been diluted with other, less expensive oils still possess therapeutic properties.

For allergies and asthma, use 3-4 drops in a diffuser or 8-10 drops in bath water regularly.

To better bear anger, depression, grief, jealousy, and resentment, use 3-4 drops in a diffuser.

To alleviate anxiety and nervous tension, use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage on body, or add 8-10 drops to bath water.

To ease headache and migraine, use 3-4 drops in a hot or cold compress (whichever works best for you). Can also use 3-4 drops in a diffuser.

To restore libido, use 6-8 drops in a bath, or use 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage on body.

For overall skin care, mix a few drops in a carrier oil and massage on body. Can also be mixed with water and applied to face; especially good for mature and/or sensitive skin.

Read more: Holidays, Life, Mental Wellness, Natural Remedies, Self-Help, Valentine's Day

Adapted from Aromatherapy for Everyone, by P.J. Pierson and Mary Shipley (Vital Health Publishing, 2004). Copyright (c) 2004 by P.J. Pierson and Mary Shipley. Reprinted by permission of Vital Health Publishing.
Adapted from Aromatherapy for Everyone, by P.J. Pierson and Mary Shipley (Vital Health Publishing, 2004).

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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4:06AM PST on Mar 9, 2013

Lovely thanks.

1:07PM PST on Jan 8, 2013

thanks

4:37PM PST on Nov 29, 2012

Thanks

4:21AM PST on Nov 29, 2012

ty

8:22PM PST on Nov 28, 2012

Any fresh flowers are a pick-me-up, especially in winter.

4:05PM PST on Nov 28, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

12:20PM PST on Nov 28, 2012

Roses are so beautiful. Thanks Annie.

9:47AM PDT on Jul 20, 2012

Thank you

1:22PM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

ty

11:53AM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

thank you

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All good ideas, thanks for sharing.

very helpful

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