Traditional Chinese Medicine
Rose buds, known as Mei Gui Hua (玫瑰花) in China, are young flowers of Chinese rose.
You can find them in health stores or in any Asian market in Dublin. Despite being quite ubiquitous and known to be a love symbol, most people don’t realise what healing properties these little mighty flowers have. In fact, rose bud is a medicinal edible food with many health benefits, especially for women.
Being quite fragrant and mild in nature, they are ideal for nourishing liver, soothing stomach and spleen, promoting the circulation and unblocking the stagnation of Qi and blood.
Rose buds for women’s health
Rose buds are a fantastic herb for women, since they are very effective at:
1) Treating gynaecological issues, like:
- Menstrual cramps
- Irregular menstruation
- Leucorrhoea (vaginal discharge)
- Acute mastitis
In TCM view, sweet-bitter in taste, and warm in property are best in regulating Qi to release the stagnation, stimulate blood, relieve pain and regulate menstruation to stop pain. Therefore rose bud is especially good at treating premenstrual symptoms such as:
- Feeling low, depressed
- Breast enlargement
- Dull face complexion
It can also reduce painful menstruation.
2) Balancing the mind
Rose buds are also gentle and warm, so they can nourish the blood vessels of heart and liver, dispelling depressive Qi to calm the spirit and stabilise emotional ups and downs. They have an antidepressant function.
Since modern women often have very busy lives with work and family stress, they would greatly benefit from drinking rose bus tea (see the recipes below)
3) Helping achieve a naturally radiant complexion
They are very effective in moving blood and Qi, therefore dispelling stagnation and regulating organs. Rose buds can help with:
- Dull complexion or ecchymosis (a discoloration of the skin usually caused by bruising)
- Acne, spots and wrinkles
- As well as irregular/painful period
That’s because all these conditions are related to irregular Qi and blood circulation, which leads to stagnation in the uterus and face. So when the Qi and blood circulation is normal, the complexion looks flawless and you feel well too!
4) Aiding weight loss
As they regulate Qi and blood and women’s physiological problems
- Rose buds can help with weight loss for women who gain weight due to endocrine disorder
- They work as a mild laxative
Delicious & Nutritious
Rose buds tea
Drink this tea hot to remedy tiredness, fatigue and sluggishness.
Ingredients: rose bud 15g, 3-5 dates or 9g of American ginseng
Rose buds and goji berry tea
For menstruation issues and menopause.
Ingredients: rose bud 15g and goji berry 15g
Drink tea daily and you will see the benefits in the long run.
Note! Avoid drinking it with green tea as it would affect rose buds’ function.
Nutritional Value & Western medicine view of rosebud oil
It can stimulate and coordinate, immune and nervous systems; it also helps to improve endocrine gland secretion, removes sclerosis and repairs cells. Rose oil promotes gastrointestinal function.
It contains vitamins C, B, K and carotene.
Vitamin K promotes the blood coagulation (clotting).
Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant neutralising toxins and free radicals damage leading to aging. It helps in the production of collagen, which is essential for healthy skin and hair. Vitamin C supports healthy immune system preventing and treating colds and flu.
Rosebud oil also contains: calcium, potassium, copper, iodine and other elements.
- Calcium promotes metabolism and digestion
- Potassium has strong effect to heart’s function
- Copper stimulate hematopoietic function and endocrine gland secretion
- Iodine can treat thyroid diseases
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