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Herb of the Week by Lynn Kirkland
For 9th November

East Meets West in the Rose Garden

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote, "Some flowers are lovely to the eye, but others are lovely to the heart."
What we could add to these wise words is that there are many which are lovely to the eye and heart, such as our beautiful roses which are coming into a bountiful show here at the herb farm.
In aromatherapy terms the use of rose oil has many benefits such as calming irritated skin and adding softening properties to skincare products. Aromatherapists also know that rose resonates with the female spirit.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine the rose is a valuable and highly regarded ingredient. I talked to Shelley Sun who has a herbal and acupuncture practice here in Palmerston North and Shelley told me that the rugosa rose(as shown in the photo) is used in the flower bud stage in two effective remedies for women. Mood Lift and PMT-Ease are two formulas which combine traditional Chinese herbs with European herbs. These are available through the Evergreen Herb company. (Phone 3570685.)
They both contain rose buds in the capsules and Shelley explained that the rose has been traditionally used since 1644AD to help the body cope with stress induced problems such as mood change.
It is marvellous to see that the rose which gives us such pleasure when we see them in bloom in the garden, also has uses in skincare, aromatherapy and for Traditional Chinese Medicine. I made tea with one of the rosebuds from a rugosa rose bush and it tasted fresh and clean and I am sure had a calming effect.


Thanks lynn another great read.

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