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5 Health Benefits of Rose Petals [Infographic]

Rose Petals
Rose petals are commonly added to tea infusions for its visual appeal and fragrance but they may actually provide a number of health benefits. Studies have found that roses have anti-aging benefits because of its potent antioxidant properties. They may also help lower cholesterol, improve blood circulation, alleviate pain, and fight against various diseases and infections.
Rose Petal Infographic
What are roses?
Roses are best known as ornamental plants grown for their beautiful flowers in the garden and sometimes indoors. Sappho, the ancient Greek poet, once described the rose as the “Queen of flowers”. The flowers, deemed as a symbol of love, have long been admired for their beauty and sweet fragrance but also have medicinal applications.
During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, roses were used as a remedy for depression. The flowers were also used in traditional Chinese medicine to nourish the skin and to improve digestion. Today, roses are used for preventing and treating colds, infectious diseases, vitamin C deficiencies, and fever, and for aging skin, cardiovascular health, and for increasing immune function.
Botanical name: Rosa centifolia
Other names: Cabbage rose, Provence rose
Description: A perennial plant with green leaves and fragrant flowers that are pink, white or red
Habitat: Particular to Grasse, the French city known as the perfume capital of the world
Properties*: Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antidepressive, antihypertensive, antioxidant, hypoglycemic, neuroprotective
The health benefits of rose petals according to research
1. Anti-Aging
Roses may have anti-aging properties, according to conclusions drawn from several preliminary studies. In one animal study, scientists at the University of California Irvine found rose extract to have anti-aging activity which may be due to its potent antioxidant properties. Another study found extracts from roses increased the lifespan in laboratory mice by increasing the activity of antioxidants.
2. Bone & Joint Health
Roses may have beneficial effects for people with osteoarthritis (or “wear and tear” arthritis). Some research studies suggest it may help reduce pain and stiffness and improve function and mobility. In one particular animal study, roses were found to have an effect against arthritis.
3. Heart and Circulatory Health
Roses contain several compounds, including rose oxide, a-naginatene, quercetin and cyanin, which may help increase circulation of the cardiovascular system. They may have a modest effect in decreasing total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol. Cholesterol can combine with fat, calcium, and other substances in the blood to form plaque that builds up and hardens in the arteries. If left untreated, this could eventually lead to heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.
4. Immunity and Overall Health
Roses have potential anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic and analgesic (pain-relieving) activity, as concluded by scientists from various studies. One animal study published in 2015 examined the effects of one species of rose (Rosa centifolia) and found it had anti-inflammatory properties. Other studies show that rose flowers contain compounds that have an effect against diseases and infections such as HIV.
5. Women’s Health
Roses may help alleviate the pain associated with menstruation, such as abdominal cramps. One study compared the effects of a species of rose (Damask rose) with mefenamic acid, an anti-inflammatory drug used to relieve menstrual pain. Researchers found that both had similar effects on pain but Damask rose had no chemical side effects.

Disclaimer

* These are some of the pharmacological actions that have been observed or are under study in various evidence-based research studies. Herb may have other properties not listed here.
The statements on this page are for educational purposes only and have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult your healthcare practitioner prior to the use of any herbal products, especially if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have allergies or medical conditions.
The information has been sourced and extracted from scientific papers, academic journals, research abstracts, and other sources. While Purify Tea makes every effort to present accurate and reliable information on this website, Purify Tea does not endorse, approve, or certify such information, nor does it guarantee the accuracy, completeness, efficiency, timeliness, or correct sequencing of such information. Use of such information is voluntary, and reliance on it should only be undertaken after an independent review of its accuracy, completeness, efficiency, and timeliness. While many traditional or folkloric remedies have a long history of use, modern research has only begun to investigate and substantiate their effectiveness. Research is still ongoing in many areas therefore conclusions are subject to change.

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