O my Luve’s like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June;
O my Luve’s like the melodie
That’s sweetly play’d in tune.
Roses are the most romantic of flowers throughout all times and cultures. It’s given to lovers and loved ones in life and death. According to Eastern traditions, the first rose was stirred into life by the first rays of the rising sun in the Great Garden of Persia. The rose is also depicted in early Christian icons of the garden of heaven. We can’t seem to get enough of this magnificent flower.
In recent generations, most people are reminded of the comfort of their grandmothers. This is probably due to the fact that most body lotions and soaps contain this well sought after rosy scent. As I’ve stated in writings before, rose essential oil is very expensive and generally unsustainable given the amount of roses needed to produce even a little oil (22lbs of petals per 5ml). You can get creative with rose waters (find out here) or you can use rose flower essences to get the same heart opening affects you would with the essential oil!
Rose Flower Essence Benefits
- Calms the nerves
- Uplifts the spirit
- Helps restore those who experience apathy, to a life of purpose and curiosity once more
- It calms the heart
- Renews energy and joy in one’s life
- Engenders soft emotions and sensuality
Who Needs Rose Essence?
The picture of the person who needs rose is a little like dried up prunes. And this is not to sound vulgar, but to note that plums are youthful fruits, with vibrancy, softness, and juiciness, and prunes are those who sadly have had the life sucked or drained out of them through misfortunes. They can suffer from a drippy nose, and may sound like a constant dripping faucet themselves! This of course is not due to bad character, but dryness and lack of physical tone in the body and mucus membranes. Someone who needs rose may be a good person, but also have a hard time accepting love and are often sharp tongued and emotionally sharp around the edges; critical and judgmental.
As always, physical dysfunctions and emotional issues are interlinked. When I make a rose tincture, I blend the medicinal qualities with rose water for aroma, and rose flower essence for emotional support. This is help in triplicate, and most herbalists don’t bother with this, only focusing on the physical concerns.
Rose helps to soften us, help us feel more secure. In the home, I sometimes add a few drops to the Holy Water I receive each year from Church and say a prayer to God to help remind me to be more forgiving and loving. You may develop your own rituals around how you use your flower essences.
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