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Rosa damascena, more commonly known as the 'Damask rose' or simply as 'Damask', is a rose hybrid, derived from Rosa gallica and Rosa moschata.
The origin of the cultivated rose is often quoted as Iran (the Gulf of Persia). From the 10th to the 17th century the rose industry was developed and dominated by Persia. From there the rose industry spread into Arabia, Mesopotamia, Palestine, Asia Minor, Greece, India, North Africa, and due to the conquering Moors reached as far as Spain.
The ancient Greeks and Romans believed roses symbolized Aphrodite, the goddesses of love. The flower was said to have sprung or been colored by the blood of Aphrodite's dying love, Adonis. First cultivated in Persian gardens, utilized for cooking by the Incas and revered by the Egyptians, roses possess an ancient beauty and symbolism. The rose has a long history in its use in folk remedies, especially in the area of skincare, and modern medical science has recognized the myriad health benefits of roses - all forms of the rose, including rose petals, rosewater, essential rose oil and rose hips.
- Rose essential oil is widely used in cosmetics and perfumery.
- Has calming, aphrodisiac, uplifting and anti-depressant properties that help to balance the hormones and feelings.
- Moisturizes and tones the skin. Ideal for dry and mature skin.
- Rosewater has astringent, antiseptic and toning properties.
- Reduces erythema as it cleanses and refreshes dry, sensitive skin safely and gently.
Disclaimer: Information on this particular article is intended for information purposes only. It is not the intention of the editor to advise on health care. Please see a medical professional about any health concerns you have.