The Ayurveda of Roses

Roses have always been regarded as the flower of love. It started from the ancient Roman civilization that worshipped Venus as the GODDESS of love and her favorite flower was the red rose. Over 5000 years ago roses were cultivated in India, initialy for its sweet taste and curative powers but later for its fragrance and beauty. According to Ayurveda, it is only the ‘shataaptri’ rose that is considered. It translates into ‘thousand petals’ and the same flower in Latin reads ‘Rosa Centifolia’ which also reads a thousand petals. The essence of rose contains over 3,000 biochemicals, making it the most complex of aromatic oils. Another unique aspect of the red rose is that it even though it cools down the body, it enhances Agni, the digestive fire and therefore plays a significant role in balancing the three doshas of the human body. Essential rose oils used in aromatherapy are also being investigated for their anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-hemorrhagic properties.

Most of the Ayurvedic treatments in Kerala revolve around instilling these long lost fundamental issues. The Ayurvedic resorts in Kerala, the Ayurveda training courses in Kerala have also adopted the same. The Yoga Center in Kannur has even adopted the Panchakarma Therapy in Kerala.