The rose is said to represent purity and perfection and now it has been documented that it can reduce stress. The Japanese Journal of Pharmacology reported that researchers found that the simple inhalation of patchouli and rose oil reduced sympathetic nervous activity by 40%, with rose oil reducing adrenaline concentrations by 30%. (1)
When my son was in kindergarten, he would receive a lavender face wash before leaving for the day. In the last five years we have introduced using flower essences along with other eco parenting initiatives, into parent education programs in Australia. Children and parents receive massages with a fine sphagni rose or lavender oil. A lavender face wash is used to help settle the children at rest time. The parents have reported that the children are calmer and more relaxed. They are now using the oils to help their children get a good nights sleep.
(1) Green Med Info, http://bit.ly/w0QO0r