Published : 07/04/2018
Let’s talk about flowers. We have already talked about the wondrous qualities of hibiscus (29.06). Today I want to steer attention towards the queen of all flowers: roses. Especially in our summer’s mood, where we love decorating our house and garden with all sorts and colours of roses, we should take a closer look at the plant itself and recognize its qualities besides its beautifully coloured petals. Rose petals not only smell good, but moreover have an anti-inflammatory effect and help against inflammations of the mucous membrane in mouth and throat.
The most important ingredients in rose petals are tannins and essential oils. Tannins act on surfaces like mucous membranes by combining with proteins and inhibiting their action. As a consequence, the tissue contracts. This tannin-protein-effect produces a non-soluble protective layer on the surface of the skin, which prevents pathogens and inflammations from causing damage. The presence of tannins in rose petals can be noticed via a slightly “furry” feeling in the mouth after the consumption of rose tea. This is a desirable effect in the case of inflammations in mouth and throat. The furry surface is the result of the tannin-protein-interaction and acts as a protective barrier against pathogens.
Rose petals are more widely known for providing valuable essential oils. Main components are citronellol (20-55%) and geraniol (15-40%). Both inhibit the growth of bad bacteria and fungi.
Thus, rose petals not only unfold their soothing wellness effect in the bubble bath – in tea and as an oil on your skin they can be a valuable plant-based remedy!