|The story below is originally published on Mainichi Daily News by Mainichi Shinbun (http://mdn.mainichi.jp).|
|They admitted inventing its kinky features, or rather deliberately mistranslating them from the original gossip magazine.|
|In fact, this is far from the general Japanese' behavior or sense of worth.|
Problems with your private parts? Wake up and smell the petals! 2006,03,03
Josei Jishin 3/14 By Ryann Connell
Women can solve their hormonal problems and come out smelling like roses just by sniffing, well, roses, according to Josei Jishin (3/14).
Japanese scientists say that roses have a healthy effect on women's hormonal balances, halting those horrid problems like period pain and premenstrual tension.
Roses can also apparently combat the effects of menopause and are being widely welcomed by women who aren't too keen in pumping themselves full of pharmaceuticals to achieve the same effect.
Scientists at make-up giant Kanebo's cosmetics and fragrances laboratory have also gone out and offered scientific proof that roses also have a positive effect on what the women's weekly euphemistically calls the body's "feminine parts," which actually mean the womb, ovaries and other appendages related to the sex organs.
"We looked into how physical hormonal balance changed in women's bodies after smelling Rosa damascena (which is the scientific name for the flower's fragrance) and learned that there is a tendency for the smell to bring about a better balance in both male and female hormones in the body," Kanebo's Ryoichi Komagi tells Josei Jishin.
"We were able to collate data that showed smelling the essential oils of the rose reduces hormones if there is an excess, and increases them if there is a deficiency."
Any glut or paucity of hormones adversely affects the body's functions.
But roses help to achieve the necessary hormonal balance, according to Komagi.
Aromatherapist Fumiko Berg agrees with the scientist.
"Roses contain so few toxins, they're almost safe enough to use with babies. Phytohormones (hormones derived from vegetables) are found in such substances as clarysage, geraniums or hops and these can directly affect the body and, as such, disrupt a body's hormonal balance. Roses, though, don't have any phytohormones, so they aren't as harmful," the aromatherapist tells Josei Jishin.
"Roses quietly go to work on 'women's parts,' helping support the body trying to achieve a balance."
(By Ryann Connell)
March 3, 2006