Episode 45 Show Notes
For thousands of years, women have been using rose and rose oil to sooth stress, balance hormones, and deepen self-love. In this episode of the podcast I dive into all the healing benefits this luxurious flower has to offer and share some simple ways that you can incorporate it into your summer self-care routine.
Consider this episode a big ‘ol permission slip to stop and smell the roses!
Below is a brief outline of this week’s episode, 045: Why You Should Add Rose to Your Summer Self-care Routine.
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The Ayurvedic Perspective of Rose
According to Ayurveda, rose helps to balance all three Ayurvedic mind/body types (doshas) – vata, pitta and kapha. That means this flower is typically a wonderful, healing flower that for just about anyone can use to stay cool and calm through the hot summer months and beyond.
The sweet, gentle, calming scent of rose has been used for thousands of years to reduce feelings of nervousness, anxiety, and worry. So if you, like me, have struggled with stress and anxiety, rose is a powerful plant ally! More on that in a moment.
In Ayurveda, rose is associated with the heart chakra (Anahata). This chakra, and therefore rose, is associated with our capacity for love, compassion, and connection. It’s sent is said to cultivate emotional balance by opening the heart. It’s also used in Ayurvedic medicine to promote self-love and spiritual well-being.
This aroma of this beautiful flower brings clarity to the mind, so if you’re feeling a bit sluggish, stuck, or heavy incorporate rose tea or rose oil into your routine to lighten up your mood and clear your head.
Rose is particularly balancing for summer because of it’s cooling and soothing effect.
Dubbed the “queen of flowers” by the Greek poet Sappho, rose has also traditionally been used to balance the female hormones and support digestive health.
Health Benefits of Rose
The benefits of this flower, its scent, and it’s oil have been verified by Ayurvedic practitioners and modern scientific studies alike!
Reported benefits include:
- Soothing feelings of nervousness, anxiety, stress
- Reduced blood pressure
- Lower cortisol levels
- Anxiety relief during childbirth
- A relax the nervous system
- Clears the mind
- Improved skin health: reduces inflammation, evens skin tone, hydrating, reduced blemishes, reduces excess oil
- Contains antioxidants that protect the skin from free radical damage
- Anti-inflammatory properties (great for sunburns and rashes)
- Can provide relief to sensitive or inflamed skin
- Cooling and soothing effect (particularly balancing for Pitta dosha)
- Has been shown to ease pain
- Eases cramps/menstrual discomfort
- Antibacterial, antifungal properties
- Stimulate sex drive
- Eases symptoms of depression
- Supports healthy digestion by balancing excess acidity and soothing inflammation in the digestive tract
How to Use Rose in Your Summer Self-care Routine
Below are some of my favorite ways to incorporate rose into my summer self-care routine! Please listen to the full episode for more details.
- Spirits Rose Water onto your face to hydrate and heal dry and aging skin
- Mist Rose Water directly onto your chest and breath deeply to reduce mucus and congestion
- Use rose essential oil in a bath or foot bath for a luxurious aromatherapy experience
- Relieve stress and anxious thoughts by inhaling the oil using a diffuser or dabbing it lightly on your chest, neck, and wrists. Be sure to blend it with a carrier oil, like coconut, almond, or jojoba oil before it touches the skin. I do this a couple of times a day in the summer to stay calm, cool, and focused.
- Drink rose-infused herbal teas to aid in digestion
As you spritz Rose Water onto your body, dab the oil on your skin, or sip your tea – inhale the loving energy of the “queen of flowers” and feel your nervous system and mind relax.
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