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Ibn Sina or known to the western world by Avicenna (980 A.D. -1037 A.D.), is a well known Persian physician under the Samanid dynasty, whose contribution to modern medicine is still being practiced today. He wasn’t just a physician, but a thinker and a writer in the Islamic Golden Age. His excellent work on medicine and philosophy has been used in medieval universities and is still being used today. He became such an influence that the king of Samanid dynasty hired him as his own personal physician until the regime changed and he was forced to fleet to the west.
Ibn Sina drew a lot of his medicinal knowledge from the Greeks, Chinese and Ayurvedic Medicine. His interest in herbal medicine, and studies on spices and the natural world, is highly praised today. He is also the first person who perfected the distillation of flowers and plants, other wise known as “Essential Oils”.
Roses and Lavender are mentioned in Avicenna’s texts, but it is perhaps the rose for which Avicenna is known for. Roses are a highly praised plant/flower in the Islamic world, and perhaps Avicenna writing a complete book on roses, made them even more significant. It was Avicenna who successfully distilled roses!
But to understand the therapeutic benefits of roses , we have to take a closer look at them and the chemical reactions that occur by using / smelling this particular flower.
Our sense of smell is the only sense linked directly to the limbic system of the brain which controls our emotions and memories. The limbic system is also connected to the part of the brain that controls the heart rate, the breathing patterns, stress levels, hormone levels and blood pressure. So think of smelling roses as both a physiological and psychological act of healing that works to lower stress levels, balance out hormone levels, control irregular breathing patterns and heart rate.
In the same token, roses essential oil are also another therapeutic way in which our bodies take in the calming, relaxing and balancing properties. By using the rose essential oil on your skin, you’ll be able to take in these wonderful healing benefits that Avicenna perfected centuries ago.
I love essential oils myself. One particular blend that I use everyday is doTerra’s “Immortelle” blend made of Frankincense Resin, Hawaiian Sandalwood, Lavender Flower, Myrrh Resin, Helichrysum Flower, Rose Flower essential oils. This special blend of oil supports the skin at the cellular level, by helping to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
You can read more about this blend or order here.