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Botanical Name: Rosa damascena

Plant Family: Rosaceae (Rose family)

Botanical Description:
Rosa damascena, commonly known as Damask rose or Rose of Castile, is a deciduous shrub belonging to the Rosaceae family. It is a cultivated rose species believed to be native to the Middle East, particularly Iran, and is widely grown for its fragrant flowers. Damask roses typically reach a height of 1 to 2 meters and feature arching stems with serrated, pinnate leaves composed of 5 to 7 leaflets. The flowers of Rosa damascena are highly fragrant and double-petaled, with shades ranging from pale pink to deep crimson. The plant blooms in late spring to early summer, and the flowers are harvested for their aromatic and medicinal properties.

Introduction:
Rosa damascena holds a special place in cultural and religious traditions, revered for its beauty, fragrance, and symbolic significance. It has been cultivated for centuries for its exquisite flowers, which are highly prized in perfumery, cosmetics, and culinary arts. Beyond its ornamental and aromatic qualities, Rosa damascena has been used in traditional herbal medicine for its therapeutic benefits.

Preparations:
Rose Water: Prepare rose water by distilling fresh Rosa damascena petals with water to extract their aromatic essence. Rose water can be used as a facial toner, body spray, or ingredient in skincare products. Rose water can also be added to baths or used as a flavouring agent in culinary applications.
Rose Infusion: Prepare a rose infusion by steeping dried Rosa damascena petals in hot water for 6-15 minutes. Strain the infusion and drink it as a tea. Rose infusion may be consumed warm or chilled and sweetened with honey if desired.
Rose Oil: Extract rose essential oil from Rosa damascena petals through steam distillation or solvent extraction. Rose essential oil is commonly used in aromatherapy and can be diffused in the air, added to massage oils, or diluted in a carrier oil for topical application.
Rose Petal Jam: Prepare rose petal jam by cooking fresh Rosa damascena petals with sugar and water to create a sweet, fragrant preserve. Rose petal jam can be spread on toast, pastries, or scones, or used as a topping for desserts and yogurt. It adds a delicate floral flavour and aroma to culinary creations.
Rose Sachets: Fill sachets or pouches with dried Rosa damascena petals to create aromatic sachets for scenting linens, closets, drawers, or cars. Rose sachets impart a natural and floral fragrance.

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