ROSE PETALSHealth Benefits & Uses
How Does This Ayurvedic Food Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
Recipes with Rose Petals: Pitta Balancing Tea with Rose Petals & Mint
The neglect of rose petal as a medicinal in western herbalism is astounding! A few hundred years ago, rose petal use was ubiquitous, in rose water, syrup, honey, sugar, conserve, julep, vinegar, electuary, wine, oil and ointment. It is still a popular remedy in the Middle East and India.
Rose petals are cooling, anti-inflammatory, and laxative in the GI. They are soothing to the heart especially when mixed with sweeteners.
The scent of a rose calms Pitta. Pitta people are naturally attracted to beauty. They are highly sensitive to and ashamed of off-putting smells.
White rose is cooler and more laxative. Red rose is warmer and more astringent.
Buying & Preparation
Always buy organic, food grade rose petals. Rose petals from the florist are doused with poisonous chemicals.
Recipes with Rose Petals: Saffron Rice with Rose Petals
Cooking Rose PetalsHistorically, the sweet, delicate aroma of rose petal was used to perfume broths, cakes, biscuits, pies, and pastries.Browse Recipes
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AYURVEDA'S GUIDE TO VITALITY & WHOLESOME NOURISHMENT
Your Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body and your specific imbalances.
With an Ayurvedic diet you feel joy and satisfaction because what you are eating truly nourishes and balances you.
Disease results from diets and lifestyles that are incompatible with your nature.
By eating a personalized diet matched to your body, you experience optimal health.
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SERVING SIZE: 1/16 tsp
SPECIES: rosa spp
Biocharacteristics of Rose Petals
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Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics
Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance.
By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick.
Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold).
You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.
ABOUT COLD BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.
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ABOUT LIQUEFIED BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Substances that thin fluids (lower viscosity of blood plasma). These may include blood thinners or mucolytic herbs.
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The 6 Tastes
Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food.
Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body.
Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food.
Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods.
Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion.
Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste.
One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes.
The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent.
Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?
ABOUT ASTRINGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.
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ABOUT SWEET BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
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The Three Doshas / Body Types
According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine
people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person.
Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness.
Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency.
Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses.
The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.
The 3 functional body types
are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha).
Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Liver Gallbladder, Mind Stress Sleep, Reproductive Health,
Includes skin care, and anything that nourishes epithelial membranes (of digestive, respiratory, urinary tract, blood vessels, etc).
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Rose Petals
Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Nerve Relaxant Grounding
Encourages feelings of stability and heaviness. Makes you feel settled, mentally relaxed. Mildly sedates the nervous system to ease stress. Can bring a spacey or anxious person back to earth. Reduces agitation, irritation, stress and racing thoughts.
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An agent that kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth. Antimicrobial is an umbrella term that can be broken down into specific categories of target microorganism, such as anti-bacterials, fungals, and virals.
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Capable of preventing infection by inhibiting the growth of microorganisms. Helpful in infections and for those with weak immune systems.
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A herb that contracts tissue or blood vessels. Generally styptics are astringent. They are often used topically as a hemostatic to stop bleeding, or to reduce secretions.
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Cholagogues stimulate the production & release of bile from the liver & gallbladder. This refreshes and cleanses these organs, as well as increases bile in the small intestines.
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Herbs that increase sexual arousal through various actions including increased circulation, relaxation, stimulation, or tonics that strengthen glandular health.
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Increases estrogen, helpful in menopause. Estrogen is anabolic and increases muscle growth, bone density, and moisture.
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Progeserone is the pregnancy hormone. It raises body temperature (Pitta), and suppresses menstruation. It is generally more extroverted.
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An herb that promotes fertility. Generally used by women who wish to become pregnant. These herbs may also help with menstrual problems of deficiency, such as amenorrhea (lack of a period).
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An herb that tonifies and strengthens the uterus. Helpful for menstrual difficulties and fertility. Often herbs that increase ojas, but also circulation to reproductive system.
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Foods with a Similar Nature to Rose Petals
Acai has these Actions in Common
Antidepressant, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Appetite-suppressant, Refrigerant, Anti-inflammatory, Cholagogue, Relaxes-eyes
Hibiscus has these Actions in Common
Appetite-suppressant, Refrigerant, Cholagogue, Relaxes-eyes, Anti-inflammatory, Hemostatic, Styptic
Cassava Root / Yuca
Cassava Root / Yuca has these Actions in Common
Appetite-suppressant, Promotes-fertility, Anti-inflammatory, General-laxative, Refrigerant, Antipyretic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding
Cilantro has these Actions in Common
Antipyretic, Refrigerant, Cholagogue, Styptic, Anti-inflammatory, Hemostatic
Green Plantain has these Actions in Common
Anti-inflammatory, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Antipyretic, Styptic, Appetite-suppressant
Cranberry has these Actions in Common
Antimicrobial, Anti-inflammatory, Refrigerant, Antidepressant, Styptic
Tofu has these Actions in Common
Estrogenic, Anti-inflammatory, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Appetite-suppressant, Uterine-tonic
Jackfruit has these Actions in Common
Hemostatic, Anti-inflammatory, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Aphrodisiac, Refrigerant
Beets has these Actions in Common
Anti-inflammatory, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Cholagogue, Relaxes-eyes, General-laxative
Dandelion Leaves has these Actions in Common
Anti-inflammatory, Cholagogue, Antimicrobial, General-laxative, Appetite-suppressant
Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Rose Petals
Shatavari has these Actions in Common
Refrigerant, Anti-inflammatory, Relaxes-eyes, Antimicrobial, Uterine-tonic, Aphrodisiac, Estrogenic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Progesteronic, Promotes-fertility
Shatavari Ghee has these Actions in Common
Anti-inflammatory, Antimicrobial, Aphrodisiac, Estrogenic, Progesteronic, Promotes-fertility, Refrigerant, Uterine-tonic
Black Cohosh has these Actions in Common
Estrogenic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Progesteronic, Promotes-fertility, Uterine-tonic, Anti-inflammatory, Antidepressant, Antimicrobial
Goldenseal has these Actions in Common
Anti-inflammatory, Antimicrobial, Antipyretic, Antiseptic, Cholagogue, General-laxative, Hemostatic, Refrigerant
Yarrow has these Actions in Common
Antipyretic, Antiseptic, Cholagogue, Estrogenic, Hemostatic, Styptic, Anti-inflammatory, Antimicrobial
Amalaki has these Actions in Common
Anti-inflammatory, Antipyretic, Aphrodisiac, General-laxative, Hemostatic, Refrigerant, Relaxes-eyes, Styptic
Ashwagandha has these Actions in Common
Antidepressant, Antipyretic, Aphrodisiac, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Progesteronic, Uterine-tonic, Anti-inflammatory
Red Root has these Actions in Common
Styptic, Anti-inflammatory, Antipyretic, Appetite-suppressant, Hemostatic, Refrigerant
Witch Hazel has these Actions in Common
Anti-inflammatory, Antiseptic, Hemostatic, Refrigerant, Styptic, Uterine-tonic
Chastetree Berry has these Actions in Common
Hemostatic, Progesteronic, Promotes-fertility, Uterine-tonic, Aphrodisiac, Estrogenic
Calendula, Marigold has these Actions in Common
Anti-inflammatory, Antimicrobial, Antipyretic, Antiseptic, Cholagogue, Styptic
Joyful Belly is a recognized school of biocharacteristics medicine.
TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS
Rose Petals may be beneficial for these symptoms. The suitability of any food for a condition is highly dependent on the individual.
Please see your doctor before using this food to treat a medical condition.
HOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?
Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when
right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in
Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire
reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once
you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.
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About the Author
John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a
healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics
His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful.
John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda
offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.
John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel,
as well as public service work in South Asia.
John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem.
His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion.
John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing.
In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots,
and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church.
Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick.
That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.