Rosa damascena - Damask rose

Category: Medicines - plant based



Introduction and description


Rosa × damascena, more commonly known as the Damask rose, or sometimes as the Rose of Castile, is a rose hybrid, derived from Rosa gallica and Rosa moschata. 

The flowers are renowned for their fine fragrance, and are commercially harvested for rose oil (either "rose otto" or "rose absolute") used in perfumery and to make rose water and "rose concrete".

The flower petals are also edible. They may be used to flavor food, as a garnish, as an herbal tea, and preserved in sugar as gulkand.

The Damask rose is thus both a medicine and a food.  As the food aspects of the Damask rose are quite fascinating, we have placed the full description in the food section, however, the observations showing the healing uses are shown in both description.

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