July Health Forecast by Lorrie Hargis RA
Did you know that Rose is the Queen of Flowers?
Many queens since antiquity have been looking to the Queen of Flowers, the Rose to enhance their beauty. The Queen of Egypt Cleopatra would bathe in rosewater every day and use the perfume of rose blossoms to scent the sails of her royal ship to attract her lovers.
Through many legends, the Rose has been the centerpiece of the story.
In Greek mythology, Aphrodite, goddess of beauty, gave the Rose its name in honor of her son Eros by rearranging just one letter in his name.
Another Legend has it that Chloris, the goddess of flowers, stumbled upon a lifeless nymph while walking through the woods one day. Its death saddened her, and she turned it into a magnificent flower that the gods called the Queen of Flowers, the Rose.
Many say, Rose is the highest vibrational flower of all definitely making her the Queen.
Origins of Rose:
This beautiful flower, Rose has been around for approximately 35 million years. It belongs to the family Rosaceae and genus Rosa; the latter contains about 150 species. Rosa damascena Miller is the species used most in aromatherapy and skin care. The petals of the Rose are steam distilled into an essential oil.
Let’s turn you into a queen/king internally and externally with the queen of flowers, the Rose. A queen/king is the best version of herself/himself. How can Rose help you turn into the best version of yourself?
Relaxation techniques with Rose can help you be the best version of yourself, eliminating fatigue, stress, and tension. According to Igarashi et al., 2014, “studies showed that olfactory stimulation by rose oil induces physiological and psychological relaxation effects.”
Give this relaxation technique a try to help you inside and out.
- One bottle of Rose oil
- Sit in a comfortable position with your back straight.
- Take one deep breath through your nose like you are sniffing a rose and exhale out through your mouth like you are blowing on a dandelion.
- Repeat it twice more.
- Open up the Rose bottle and take a short sniff.
- Place your right thumb over your right nostril and breathe in the rose into the left nostril
- Place your left thumb over your left nostril and breathe in the rose into the right nostril
- See if Rose smelled differently when you smelled on with the different nostrils
- Repeat the breathing exercise.
- Open up the Rose bottle and take a short sniff.
- Now embrace yourself.
- Tell yourself that you love and accept every part of yourself.
- Write a positive affirmation and read it daily this month while sniffing Rose essential oil.
- Let us know how you are feeling in August
What can cause your facial skin to age prematurely?
- Lack of sleep
- Sun exposure
- Poor nutrition
- Drinking alcohol
- Lack of exercise
- Family issues
All these things can cause stress and tension in the muscles of the face causing them to contract and make wrinkles.
How can you help your face to release the contractions it holds with Rose essential oil?
Sadraei et al. found that Rose essential oil’s chemical constituents: geraniol and citronellol, reduce contractions in the ileum. Thus, we can imagine that Rose essential oil can also help you to let go of the contractions held in your face.
Here is a formulation that was given to me by Creator Fabrice Bardeau of the first natural skincare company in France. This Regeneration Facial formulation is reformulated according to the current IFRA standards.
(570ml) Organic Jojoba vegetable Oil
(400ml) Organic Almond vegetable oil
(12ml) Organic German chamomile essential oil
(12ml) Organic Lavander essential oil
(5ml) Organic Patchouli essential oil
(1ml) Organic Carrot essential oil
(2 drops) Organic Rose essential oil
1-liter glass beaker
(3) 30ml amber bottles
Place the vegetable oils in a glass liter beaker, then add the essential oils. Mix thoroughly with a glass pipette or stainless steel spoon. Place 3 (30ml) 1oz. amber bottles.
Apply to your face in the morning and evening in upward strokes.
Learn about Rose at the heart of facial skincare and other essential oils for their anti-aging properties, by joining me at the Illuminate your Face with Organic Anti-aging Skin Care Workshop on Tuesday, July 11th at 1 pm EST. Click here
I look forward to sharing with you the beautiful anti-aging essential oils to be the best version of yourself inside and out.
Better Health and Happiness,
Igarashi M, Ikei H, Song C, Miyazaki Y. Effects of olfactory stimulation with rose and orange oil on prefrontal cortex activity. Complement Ther Med. 2014 Dec;22(6):1027-31. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2014.09.003. Epub 2014 Sep 28. PMID: 25453523. Available at: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25453523/ Accessed June 29th, 2023
Sadraei H, Asghari G, Emami S. Inhibitory effect of Rosa damascena Mill flower essential oil, geraniol and citronellol on rat ileum contraction. Res Pharm Sci. 2013 Jan;8(1):17-23. PMID: 24459472; PMCID: PMC3895296. Available at: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24459472/ Accessed June 30th, 2023