Rose and Chrysanthemum are both such gorgeous flowers... who would have known that they could also offer an array of beauty (and health) benefits!?
Benefits of Rose bud
Fighting off free radicals and nourishing UV damaged skin. The bud of the rose is high in a number of different antioxidants, however, the most notable of these is the polyphonols known as catechins. Human studies have shown that this compound supported the elasticity and overall quality of each participants skin. Green tea is also famous for its high levels of this particular antioxidant. Check out more information on that via Live Strong.
Evens out pH levels of the skin. A more balanced pH means less pimples and improved over all complexion.
Your skin is fairly acidic, which helps it ward off the advances of harmful bacteria and fungi. The optimal pH of human skin is 5.5 and you can measure it with a piece of litmus paper.
Your sweat with the sebum on your skin to form something called an acid mantle, which has a pH of 4 to 5.5. Using astringent soap removes the acid mantle and can leave the skin vulnerable to fungal or bacterial infections.
Hydrates the skin and contains noteworthy levels of Vitamins B,E,C,K. These Vitamins offer nurturing qualities and are said to contribute towards your skins smoothness and suppleness. I talk about these Vitamins and provide more sources in my chart here: Boosting collagen is as easy as A,C,E.
Benefits of Chrysanthemum flowers
Detoxification of the liver. A strong healthy liver helps with mainting clear glowing skin.
If your liver is not doing its job of breaking down toxins efficiently, they must be eliminated from your body by other means – in many cases they come out through your skin!
I have often found that worsening skin problems are a sign of liver dysfunction or of future liver problems on the horizon.
Excellent source Vitamin C. As a strong antioxidant this essential vitamin offers protecting properties and collagen support. Vitamin C is also known to have beneficial anti-inflammatory properties.
Contains Vitamins B1, B2 and B6. These Vitamins stimulate the immune system, slow ageing and guarding cells against oxidative stress. Vitamin B2 is known to assist in the battle aginst acne and a deficiency in B Vitamins is common amongst eczema sufferers.
There are reports that Chrysanthemum is very similar to chamomile in its properties and can aid in calming digestion. It is also noted on WebMed that this flower can to assist with health conditions like chest pain and high blood pressure. To see the studies mentioned see the 'uses' tab on WebMed's site.
*scientific name for this specific flower is Leucanthemum vulgare. Also known as Chrysanthemum leucanthemum
You will find rose bud and chrysanthemum sold separately in many local Asian grocery stores. You may wish to opt for organic ingredients to avoid chemicals that are sometimes used in the flower growing industry. Australian based World Par-tea sell Organically grown rose buds and chrysanthemum.
It is important to remember to seek professional advice from a holistic practitioner for any troublesome skin conditions.