With Valentine’s day fast approaching, “love is in the air” and the rose range is on my mind. What better time to explore the rose as one of Weleda’s “Lead Plants“?
The ubiquitous rose requires little introduction. From a practical point of view it is a perennial flowering plant found growing across much of the world and, as such, is well recognised.
“No other flower fascinates us as eternally as the rose. It’s no wonder that the rose enjoys almost legendary status among flowers – even the ancient Babylonians cultivated rose blooms to produce scented ointments from their petals. In early China roses were specifically grown in terraced plots, as they knew about their regenerating effect. At the time of the great Emperor Charlemagne, people use rose petals for gargling and for healing baths.
– Weleda UK”
In Europe it is commonly associated with love and passion. It was a flower sacred to Aphrodite (the Greek goddess of love and beauty) and later became a symbol of the Virgin Mary (purity) and of the Resurrection. Long recognised for its benefits to people, whether it be as a flavouring in food; for health due to its calming, cooling, anti-inflammatory properties; or for cosmetic purposes; the rose is valued across the world.
Sourcing the roses
The main roses used by Weleda in its Wild Rose range are the Rosa moschata or mosqueta (Musk) and the Rosa damascena (Damask).
“Balanced between beauty and strength, the inner values of rose plants are just as significant – and they are particularly strong in their wild forms. The wild rose easily keeps its balance between smoothness and robustness, demand and adaptability. When cultivated, roses externalise their vitality and image of harmony through their singular beauty and bewitching scent. Wild roses, on the other hand, internalise their life forces and develop the inner essences which create the valuable rosa mosqueta seed oil…
… The core rosa mosqueta oil soothes and smoothes the skin, while the scent of damask rose harmonises the mood.
– Weleda UK”
Musk Rose (Rosa Moschata)
Rosa moschata provides the precious rosehip seed oil used in the Weleda ranges. Rich in antioxidants and vitamins A and E, this oil helps to fight free radical damage and promote new cell growth. With its exceptionally high amount of linoleic and linolenic essential fatty acids, it helps keep the skin well nourished and supports the skin in keeping its elasticity. It is often used to help promote the healing of damaged skin and scars and is useful for skin complaints such as rosacea and acne. Weleda sources its Rosa moschata from Chile.
Damask Rose (Rosa damascena)
The damask rose is a source of the rose essential oil used in the Weleda ranges. It takes three million flowers to produce just one litre of rose oil – so it is a precious thing indeed, revered across the world and through history. This oil has many therepeutic uses: the afore-mentioned cooling and antiseptic properties and its scent, the balancing and relaxing of the mood (it’s no wonder the rose is also associated with seduction).
Weleda is committed to sustainable and ecological management and fair trade (Weleda is a member of the Union for Ethical Biotrade (UEBT). The roses used come from Isparta in Turkey, as part of a project with a local distillery, and from the Dades Valley in Morocco.
How Weleda Grows Its Organic Wild Roses
A great video about the the production of roses for Weleda from Weleda North America.
Wild Rose facial skin care, Body Care and bath/shower ranges
- Rosewater: What it is and what to do with it: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/11698200/Rosewater-what-it-is-and-what-to-do-with-it.html
- Pharmacological effects of Rosa Damascena: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3586833/
- Union for Ethical Biotrade (UEBT): http://ethicalbiotrade.org
And because I couldn’t resist – “La Vie En Rose” by Edith Piaf (my French great grandmother’s favourite singer)
Love to you all. xxx
All images sourced from Weleda UK unless otherwise credited.
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