Rose - Rose as Herb

  • Latin Name: Rosa sp. (Rosa indica)
  • Ras: Madhur (sweet)
  • Gun: Light
  • Virya:  Cooling
  • Vipaka of herbs: Madhura (sweet)
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  • Useful part: Flower, petals, hips

Dosage: Rose powder in boiling water twice daily.


Rose oil is another formulation.


Their action on body (especially on lungs): Rose oil has been used for centuries to treat respiratory problems like asthma, coughs, congestion and fever. The best way to do this is by filling a large bowl with near-boiling water, then placing 3 to 5 drops of rose oil into the bowl. As the rose oil heats in the water, it will release vapors that can be inhaled to treat lungs and throat.


Biochemistry:

The principal contents of rose oil are 34 - 55% citronellol, 30 - 40% geraniol and nerol, and small traces of linalool, farnesol, citral, 2-phenylethanol, carvone and rhodinol. Also important for the scent of roses is 2-phenylethanol, which is lost in steam distillation whereas it becomes enriched in the rose water.


Uses of the herb:

The anti-inflammatory properties of rose hips have been useful in the treatment of patients suffering from knee or hip osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease and is characterized by the breakdown of cartilage in the joint, allowing bones to rub against each other, causing pain and loss of movement. The rose hips are diuretic and laxative. They are also useful in the treatment of influenza-like infections, diarrhea and urinary tract disorders. No side- effects are known when rose hips are used in the normal treatment. Rosehips are also commonly used to make herbal teas, by boiling the dried or crushed rose hips. Teas made by infusing the leaves of rose bushes are a traditional tonic drink.



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