Roses are Red...and great in beauty products!

Roses are Red...and great in beauty products!

April 06, 2017

Hey there Nurture My Body Family :)

I am finally done digging out from my vacation and I found some time to write a post :)

Today I woke up with roses on my mind.  Not the kind of roses that c

ome in a bouquet on February 14th, but the rose oils and extracts found in our products.

If you haven’t checked out our ingredients glossary, do it now!  We list every single ingredient that is used to make our products, and give a description of where it comes from and why we use it (pretty cool, huh?).

The use of the rose is far and varied. It has a long history in its use in folk remedies, especially in the area of skincare. It is suitable for all skin types, but it is especially valuable for dry, sensitive or aging skin. 

What we use:

Rosebud (Rosa Damascena) It is a cell regenerator which makes it great for dry, mature, wrinkled and sensitive skin. Helps to hydrate tired skin and aids oxygenation, thus strengthening and rejuvenating skin and scalp cells. Brilliant as an external skin and hair tonic. It can help Rosacea or inflammation where moisturizing and regeneration is needed.
Rosehips (Rosa Canina) Is High in Vitamin C which reduces scars and facial lines. Helps regenerate the skin and counteract the effects of aging. Is a rich source of omega fatty acids which is great for the reduction of stretch marks, scars, helps with burns and helps to strengthen the hair shaft. Rosehips has been shown to reduce pigmentation of the skin and when used regularly it has been shown to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Rosehips Seed (Rosa Mosqueta) Has excellent tissue regeneration properties which helps to reduce scars as well as reducing wrinkles. It contains EFA’s and when they are absorbed through the skin, they convert to prostaglandins which are involved in cellular membrane and tissue regeneration. It is helpful with fighting sun damage to the skin. It helps to reduce the signs of aging, especially the fine lines around the eyes and the mouth.
Roses (Rosa Damascena) Contains anthocyanocides, which prevent the elastin in the skin to degrade and also has a capillary blood vessels strengthening function. It is used for the treatment of inflammation, as well as skin redness and is useful for eczema. Its rejuvenating and restorative properties leave skin beautifully toned and hydrated.

Not only are roses great in skin care products, did you know you can eat them too???

When ingested, roses also offer a soothing property to the nerves and emotional/psychological state of mind. It is often regarded as a mild sedative and anti-depressant. It is increasingly used in treatments for conditions of stress: nervous tension, peptic ulcers, heart disease, among others. There is indication that rose essence may also positively influence digestion, bile secretion, womb disorders and circulation. In addition, a tea made with rose petals (pour 150 ml of boiling water over 1 /2 grams of rose petals) often soothes a mild sore throat.

Now do you see why I woke up with roses on my mind?

Until next time,

-Sally, Summer Intern

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When you make the switch to natural products, nail polish is, unfortunately, one of those items you quickly figure out is not going to be 100% natural. For some that means cutting it out of their routine completely (I give you all major props!). For others, like myself, we cannot stand to see our toes without some color on them, so we must search for the best possible formulas. Those formulas are usually 5-free, which means the nail polish does not contain the 5 most toxic ingredients that most polishes do have.

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