It is thought the word rose comes from the Indo-Germanic word vrod.

Undeniably the Queen of Flowers, it has long been the symbol for love, beauty and grace. This wondrous creation seemed to be so unearthly that in many cultures it was seen as a gift from the gods, particularly the gods of love and fertility. 

Its golden age as a healing plant came with the pharmacist’s rose (Rosa gallica) in the 13th century in Provins near Paris, where it arrived from Damascus. For almost 600 years Provins was the centre of medicinal rose cultivation, so that in the 16th century, the main street was a large concentration of chemist’s shops and pharmacies. Medicines made from roses were sent from there throughout the world.

Today it is valued for its balancing and harmonising abilities, it is strong but also soft, resistant but tender, thorny and at the same time velvety, upright and yet enticing. 

With an extraordinary 300 active compounds, including skin-nourishing vitamins, minerals, and protective antioxidants, rose is unarguably one of the most powerful natural healers for the skin. Thanks to its countless beneficial properties as an antiseptic, antibacterial and astringent, it has an incredibly healing and calming effect on many skin concerns, including acne, dermatitis, scars, wounds, and even stretch marks! 

A powerful anti-inflammatory, emollient, and natural moisturiser, rose not only restores and supports the skin’s texture but deeply nourishes and hydrates at the same time, making this one of the most effective and luxurious skin healing treatments nature has to offer.

Roses contain waxy lipids that are similar to our skins own ceramides, giving them the ability to repair a damaged lipid barrier. High in vitamins A and C they help support collagen and elastin, keeping skin firm and supple and combating environmental damage, from UV rays and pollution. Rose helps to calm and soothe the skin and reduce redness, making it a wonderful choice for dry, sensitive skin.

Rose has an uplifting and refreshing energy, in traditional herbal medicine it is thought to be a powerful mood enhancer. It is well known for it’s ability to reduce stress and create a sense of calm, in Ayurvedic medicine rose petals are used to promote relaxation.

Here at Lusan we use two organically certified varieties Rosa damascena and Rosa gallica, the traditional medicinal variety.