Did you know that the scent of roses is healing? 

It's true. The essential oil of this most romantic of flowers contains antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and calming properties.

Rose for Skin Care

Rose essential oil soothes skin conditions. A massage with rose oil can help alleviate symptoms of PMS as well as menstrual cramps.

Rose hips—the fruit of the rose—are packed with vitamin C, which stimulates collagen production in the skin. Look for rose hips in soaps and skincare products.

Rosewater, made from the petals of the flower, is found in cosmetics and is touted as an antiseptic that’s soothing to sensitive skin.

Rose in the Kitchen

You can add taste to the list of senses that roses appeal to. From tea and jam made from rose hips to salads and desserts that contain rose petals or rosewater, the rose has its own unique culinary flavor. The International Herb Association suggests adding rose water to sliced strawberries, fresh lemonade, or hot or iced tea.