We are strong believers in the power of flowers. And so was 11th century Persian physician Ibni-i-Sina (Avicenna), who spoke extensively on the amazing effects of roses. He likened their health benefits to today’s “mind-body” therapy. In fact, during the blooming season the ill were carried to and submerged in wells filled with rose pulp residue. (Micozzi)
So while everyone may not get (or even want) a bouquet of long stems for V-Day, there are a number of amazing rose-scented products that you can douse yourself in like they used to do back in Avicienna’s day (you know, without the hassle of getting hoisted into a rose well). AND— I’m pretty sure I read somewhere that Cleopatra seduced her lovers by bathing in rose-infused water. I figure if it worked for her, it can’t hurt. Plus, these products will surely last you much, much longer. One thing is clear, whether you’re single or hitched, the sweet smell of roses has the potential to brighten your day—and potentially your skin too. A double win.