Red, Red Rose – the symbol of romance, of beauty and of love. Romance – the allure of a loved one preparing a romantic night on a bed strewn with rose petals, or a warm bath with rose petals floating sensuously. The natural beauty of the aromas of roses has been incorporated into the world’s best perfumes for generations.
Greek mythology gives us the story of the creation of the rose. The Goddess of Flowers (Chloris) transformed a lifeless nymph into a flower, with the help of the other gods. Beauty came from Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love. The scent of sweetness was the blessing of Dionysus, God of Wine. From the Three Graces – Aglaia (Splendor), Euphrosyne (Mirth), and Thalia (Good Cheer) – came joy, charm, and brightness. The West Wind in the form of Zephyr breathed the clouds away and life into her as Apollo, God of the Sun, allowed the sun to shine on the flower and make her bloom as the Queen of all the Flowers.
For all of us naturally beautiful women (and you men, too!), the rose is an ingredient we can really enjoy for natural skin care and for natural health. Rose essential oil is extracted from the flower head of the plant. Aromatherapy (see A is for Aromatherapy – More than a Pretty Smell) guides us to the head of a plant when we are looking for remedies for the emotions and the nervous system. Roses are especially important in stress relief and relaxation.
For skin care, rose oil is used best topically. Add about 8 drops of rose essential oil (the best comes from Bulgaria) to each 10 ml of carrier oil (I like jojoba or sweet almond oils) to make a nourishing, moisturizing and beautifying treatment for the skin.
Rosewater is effective for eye infections. Ice creams from the Middle East are prepared with rosewater. Rose hips are powerfully filled with Vitamin C. Rose is a scent associated with women and femininity and so it follows that symptoms experienced by women like PMS or post menopausal distress will be helped by roses and rose oil. Rose aroma is uplifting and can be used to balance the emotions and enhance self-esteem.
For pampering yourself or romancing a loved one, nothing does the trick like soaking in a bathtub filled with warm water and rose petals. Sprinkle a tub-full of water with your (pesticide free please!) rose petals and lie back on a pillow as you breathe in the aromatherapeutic magic of love and relaxation. For a little sensuality and romance you can add a half cup of coconut milk like Cleopatra’s famous milk baths.
And roses just smell good so they will make you feel good. What could be better for a Naturally Beautiful Women!
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Roses for Natural Beauty
The rose has always been a symbol of beauty, of love and of romance. And so it is natural that beautiful skin and hair can be had by using products made of roses or rose oil.
Who has not dreamt of being romanced on a bed of roses, or floating languidly in a bath topped off by fragrant rose petals? Or being lured into a night of sensual delights with a path strewn by roses? Every Valentine’s Day, lovers send their thoughts of love with dozens of roses – the sight and smell of which are the very essence of romance.
And beauty – the rose is the quintessential ingredient of perfumes designed to attract a romantic partner. And rose essential oil is the go to aromatherapeutic healing essence when one is frazzled or in need of solace or stress relief. For skin care, it is best to use rose oil for topical purposes. Use approximately 8 drops of essential rose oil for every 10 ml of carrier oil. Apply directly onto skin to nourish, moisturize and beautify the skin.
Rosewater can be used for eye infections. Rose hips are full of Vitamin C. Rose essential oil is a mild sedative. But whatever else it might be, the smell of roses brings forth delightful memories and images of love and romance. For times when you want to feel like a Royal Natural Beauty, Reach for Roses and inhale a sense of Romance.
Rose essential oil for natural Beauty and Health
Before we leave the topic of R is for Roses, let’s look at what this beautiful essential oil can add to your natural health and to your natural beauty regime.
Rose essential oil is distilled from the flower, the head of the plant, and so the benefits are centered mostly around the emotions, and the benefits are very important to the nervous system, especially in relaxation and stress-relief.
Roses are used in creams, lotions and soaps not only for its beautiful fragrance, but also for its mild anti-viral and bactericidal properties. Rose water, another product that comes from the distillation of rose oil, is mildly astringent and beneficial for cleansing and refreshing dry, sensitive skin.
Rose essential oil is very expensive to distill, and therefore very expensive to buy. Luckily, the fragrance is so powerful that it takes only a drop or two to deliver its special smell. It takes about 60,000 roses to produce just 1 ounce of oil, and ten thousand pounds of rose blossoms to produce 1 pound of oil. Use it sparingly!
Rose is a very feminine scent, and is useful for women experiencing pre-menstrual distress, or post-menopausal symptoms like melancholy and anxiety. It’s lovely scent can be very uplifting and so is used to enhance self-esteem and balance the emotions. And it just smells so good, it will bring a smile to your face, and we know that once your face starts smiling, the rest of your body may follow!
Rose Petal Bath Aromatherapy
Naturally beautiful women deserve to be pampered and nothing pampers quite so much as bathing in a tub strewn with rose petals.
According to Greek myth, the rose was created when the goddess of flowers found the lifeless body of a nymph in the woods. With the help of the Gods, she transformed the nymph into a flower. Aphrodite, the goddess of love, gave the nymph beauty; Dionysus, the god of wine, added nectar to give her a sweet scent, and the three Graces bestowed upon her charm, brightness and joy. Then Zephyr, the Greek god of the west wind, blew away the clouds so that Apollo, the sun god, could shine and make the flower bloom. And so the Rose was born and was immediately crowned “Queen of the Flowers”.
And so for your own Goddess natural beauty, I suggest you gather up your rose petals (or buy unsprayed ones in a store) and run a bath of hot water. Sprinkle the water with your rose petals and rest your weary head on a pillow as you breathe in the aromatherapy of relaxation and love. You can purchase rose essential oil if you do not have your own rose bushes, and then just add about 5-10 drops of the oil to your bath water.
For a little bit more luxury and sensuality, add 1/2 cup of coconut milk, a la Cleopatra. Your skin will love you for it, and your emotions will revel in the love and beauty.