Vol. 8, Issue 2, Part A (2020)
The medicinal and pharmacological properties of Damascene Rose (Rosa damascena): A review
Author(s): Louay Labban and Nasser Thallaj
For centuries, the Damask rose has symbolized beauty and love. The fragrance of the rose has been captured and preserved in the form of rose water by a method that can be traced to ancient times in the Middle East and later to the Indian subcontinent.
Damascene Rose or Rosa damascene is one of the most important species of Rosaceae family flowers. This herb can grow in different climatic regions, but the best climate for this herb in arid and semi-arid regions with low temperature Damask Rose was originated from Damascus, Syria. It was suggested that the French Crusader Robert de Brie, who took part in the Siege of Damascus in 1148 at the second crusade, is sometimes credited for bringing the Damask rose from Syria to Europe. Other accounts state that the ancient Romans brought it to their colonies in England. R. damascena is an ornamental plant which have in addition to perfuming effect, several pharmacological and nutritional properties including antibacterial, antioxidant, antitussive, soothing, antidiabetic, anti-HIV, and culinary properties. The medicinal functions of Rosaceae are partly attributed to their abundance of phenolics compound. Phenolics possess a wide range of pharmacological activities, such as antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic, and antidepressant.
How to cite this article:
Louay Labban and Nasser Thallaj. The medicinal and pharmacological properties of Damascene Rose (Rosa damascena): A review. International Journal of Herbal Medicine. 2020; 8(2): 33-37.