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Rose Water Benefits (According to Ayurveda)

How Does This Ayurvedic Food Improve Wellness?

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Recipes with Rose Water: Rosewater Lemonade
Recipes with Rose Water: Rosewater Lemonade
If you were going to try one new recipe to soothe and refresh your body this summer, try rosewater lemonade. Rosewater relieves and cools inflammation. It has a mild astringency that tones tissues, including the digestive tract. It's great for spraying on your sunburned skin or summer rashes, but internally, it also heals and soothes the lining of your digestive tract when it's overheated.

Beauty, Roses & Emotions

Pitta has a basic need for sweetness, beauty, order and perfection. When provoked, Pitta generally reacts with irritability, resistance, and aggression. Pitta needs a gentle yes to calm them into a more amiable easiness. Pitta responds best to cooling, calming balms like sitting under the moon, in the shade of a tree, and sweet foods with a pleasant aroma. Rosewater lemonade brings sweetness and beauty into the day, calming their agitated mind. The mere smell of a rose cools their anger and criticism. Knowing this about your Pitta helps you to please and nurture yourself or a loved one, rather than provoke them.

About Rose Water

Rosewater is the water leftover from the production of rose essential oil. It has a wonderful rose fragrance. As Ayurveda students, we sprayed ourselves with rosewater mist on hot days to keep cool. Rosewater is available in most Indian and Middle Eastern grocery stores.

Cooking Rose Water

Rosemary Gladstar offers the following recipe for homemade rose water:

Ingredients:
  • 2-3 quarts fresh roses or rose petals. Remember to use organic roses.
  • Water
  • Ice cubes or crushed ice
1. In the center of a large pot (the speckled blue canning pots are ideal) with an inverted lid (a rounded lid), place a fireplace brick. On top of the brick place the bowl. Put the roses in the pot; add enough flowers to reach the top of the brick. Pour in just enough water to cover the roses. The water should be just above the top of the brick.

2. Place the lid upside down on the pot. Turn on the stove and bring the water to a rolling boil, then lower heat to a slow steady simmer. As soon as the water begins to boil, toss two or three trays of ice cubes (or a bag of ice) on top of the lid.

3. You've now created a home still! As the water boils the steam rises, hits the top of the cold lid, and condenses. As it condenses it flows to the center of the lid and drops into the bowl. Every 20 minutes, quickly lift the lid and take out a tablespoon or two of the rose water. Its time to stop when you have between a pint and a quart of water that smells and tastes strongly like roses.

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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. See How it Works.
SERVING SIZE: 1/4 tsp
SPECIES: Rosa spp.
FAMILY: Rosaceae

EAT IN: SUMMER

Biocharacteristics of Rose Water

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INCREASES
Guna Help

Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics (gunas). 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.

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COLD

ABOUT COLD BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.

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TASTES
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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?

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SWEET

ABOUT SWEET BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

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ASTRINGENT

ABOUT ASTRINGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.

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DOSHAS
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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 (doshas), 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.

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PACIFIES
Kapha pacifying Pitta pacifying Vata pacifying
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Family: Rosaceae
HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Rose Water
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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.

Relieves Burning

RELIEVES-BURNING

Herbs that soothe a burn or reduce an internal burning sensation, such as aloe vera.

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Nervine

NERVINE

Balances the nervous system. They can help with stress, memory, early alzheimer's, and even chronic pain. Often they are aromatic in nature.

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Anti Inflammatory

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY

Reduces inflammation in the body. Different herbs and carriers target different body systems.

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Refrigerant

REFRIGERANT

An herb or substance that strongly cools the body. Can be helpful in cases of heat conditions.

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Styptic

STYPTIC

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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Aphrodisiac

APHRODISIAC

Herbs that increase sexual arousal through various actions including increased circulation, relaxation, stimulation, or tonics that strengthen glandular health.

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Foods with a Similar Nature to Rose Water

Rose Petals

Rose Petals has these Actions in Common

Aphrodisiac, Refrigerant, Anti-inflammatory, Styptic

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Jackfruit

Jackfruit has these Actions in Common

Aphrodisiac, Refrigerant, Anti-inflammatory, Relieves-burning

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Hibiscus

Hibiscus has these Actions in Common

Relieves-burning, Anti-inflammatory, Styptic, Refrigerant

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Cabbage (cooked)

Cabbage (cooked) has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Refrigerant, Relieves-burning

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Bok Choy

Bok Choy has these Actions in Common

Refrigerant, Relieves-burning, Anti-inflammatory

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Cranberry

Cranberry has these Actions in Common

Styptic, Anti-inflammatory, Refrigerant

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Pomegranate

Pomegranate has these Actions in Common

Styptic, Anti-inflammatory, Refrigerant

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Cilantro

Cilantro has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Refrigerant, Styptic

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Cassava Root / Yuca

Cassava Root / Yuca has these Actions in Common

Relieves-burning, Anti-inflammatory, Refrigerant

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Grape

Grape has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Aphrodisiac, Nervine

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Rose Water

Shatavari Ghee

Shatavari Ghee has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Aphrodisiac, Refrigerant, Relieves-burning

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Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel has these Actions in Common

Styptic, Anti-inflammatory, Refrigerant, Relieves-burning

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Shatavari

Shatavari has these Actions in Common

Aphrodisiac, Refrigerant, Relieves-burning, Anti-inflammatory

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Amalaki

Amalaki has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Aphrodisiac, Refrigerant, Styptic

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Licorice Root (Yastimadhu)

Licorice Root (Yastimadhu) has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Nervine, Refrigerant, Relieves-burning

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Licorice Ghee (9oz)

Licorice Ghee (9oz) has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Nervine, Refrigerant, Relieves-burning

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Chandanadi Taila

Chandanadi Taila has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Refrigerant, Relieves-burning

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Red Root

Red Root has these Actions in Common

Refrigerant, Styptic, Anti-inflammatory

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Partridge Berry

Partridge Berry has these Actions in Common

Aphrodisiac, Nervine, Styptic

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Chandraprabha Vati

Chandraprabha Vati has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Aphrodisiac, Nervine

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Bala

Bala has these Actions in Common

Aphrodisiac, Nervine, Anti-inflammatory

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TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS

Rose Water 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.

Rosaceae
How does Rose Water affect 'Rosaceae'?
IT FEELS BETTER IT FEELS WORSE IT FEELS THE SAME
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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 John Joseph Immel

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 7 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.

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