Roses have long been known for love and harmony, but many don’t realize all of the wonderful benefits that lay beneath the sweet scent of the flower. The flowers vary in color; Rose oil is extracted by steam distillation and is said to be good for the skin and soul.
Rose water has been used for centuries to aid in clarifying and toning skin; Essential oil can be used to lift your mood; Teas made from the petals also help in calming you when tense, and can help with high cholesterol.
Parts Used: Flowers, Essential Oil, Hydrosol
Main Constituents: Geraniol, nerol, citronellol, geranic acid
Actions/Medicinal Properties: Mild Sedative, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, reduces cholesterol levels, astringent.
Dosage: For Tincture; take 1 dose twice per day for nervous disorders, poor digestion, or to help lower cholesterol; For Essential Oil, add a few drops of rose oil to any lotion you use to help with dry or inflamed skin conditions, or add a few drops of Rose oil to a bath to ease depression, sorrows, or insomnia; Brew a tea, let it cool, and spray onto your face for a light skin toner; Drink the tea to help lower cholesterol when you can’t take the tincture, the tea also helps clarify your skin and aids in digestion.
Magickal Properties: Love, Clairvoyance, Fertility
Folk Tales & Mythology
According to myth, the first roses did not have thorns. While Venus’ son Cupid smelled a rose, a bee came out and stung him on the lip. Venus then strung his bow with bees. She removed their stingers and placed them on the stems of the roses.
Myth also says that every rose was white until Venus punctured her foot on a thorny briar and some of the white petals were dyed red with her blood. Roses are also said to attract fairies to the garden.
In ancient Greece, the Rose was affiliated with the goddess Aphrodite. It is said that Rose bushes grew from the ground through Aphrodite’s tears and the blood of her dead lover, Adonis.
Meditation Ritual for a Sad Heart
This Meditation Ritual is something to do when your heart is aching. I did this one while I was grieving for my mother, and have used it often when I have lost a loved one; can be done when simply missing someone you haven’t seen in a while. I noticed when I did this, I saw my mother in dreams more often.
This meditation is best in a bath with rose petals and essential oil added; if you do not have a bath (like me) you can place in front of you, fresh rose petals in a bowl of water with a few drops of essential oil.
Light Rose incense; or, in a fire-proof bowl, burn a dried rose flower or petals.
Close your eyes and envision yourself sitting in a field of roses. Breathe in and out steadily, each time taking in the scent.
Imagine your loved one sitting in front of you. Their entire body glowing with a bright pink light. With each deep breath imagine that you are inhaling their light and as you exhale, you are returning it to them. Picture them smiling at you as you complete your breaths. They are happy, and here for you in every breath you take.
Be here with your loved one, as long as you deem necessary.
Slowly start to bring your awareness back and open your eyes.
You can collect any Rose petals you used, and bury them as an offering to your lost loved one.