Nurturing the Self via the Plant Kingdom
The most important relationship we will have in this 3-D life experience is with ourselves. Realization of the right relationship with our self requires mindfulness and self-awareness of our individual needs within the realm of nurturing our body, mind, emotional and spiritual levels of being. There is one essential oil within the plant kingdom that comes to mind as the Grandmother of ALL, speaking Love with high vibration and nurturing qualities with gentle self-assurance. So below I will share my writings on Rose however feel it important to mention; all flowers speak to our deepest emotional concerns and various levels of LOVE. Wishing you the Joy of remembering what makes your heart sing.
Latin Name: Rosa damascena - Family: Rosaceae
Plant Part: Flowers
Plant origin: China, Crimea, Bulgaria, and Turkey
Rosa damascena exceeds 500 chemical components with the main constituent being citronellol. The complex chemical nature of rose in itself is phenomenal and explains the ubiquitous therapeutic and medicinal applications of rose on all levels of being.
The production of roses starts by harvesting the flower petals by hand in the early morning before sunrise and the petals are distilled the same day to ensure quality and care. Rose will crystallize at cooler temperatures due to its chemical components and is more viscous at lower temperatures although upon warming it becomes more fluid. It takes many pounds of rose petals to distill one ounce of rose essential oil and consequently one reason this precious essence is so expensive.
Rose has antidepressant, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, antiviral, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, astringent, antibacterial, cicatrisant, choleretic, depurative, emmenagogue, hemostatic, hepatic, laxative, stomachic, sedative, and vulnerary properties. Rose is a tonic for the heart, liver, skin, stomach, and uterus; aids the immune system and is soothing for the nervous system. Rose is by far one of the best oils to use in skin care or concerns associated with the skin.
Rose assists with respiratory concerns such as asthma, coughs, hay fever, and bronchitis. Rose is assistive for digestive issues such as liver congestion and improves liver and gall bladder function, nausea, diarrhea, and oral thrush. Rose is an aid for skin concerns such as eczema, skin redness, herpes, rashes, sores, diminishing scar tissue, repairing broken capillaries, and tinea, and beneficial for dry, mature, and sensitive skin types. Rose hydrosol is a wonderful action for the treatment of conjunctivitis as well as an everyday treatment for hydrating and toning mature and dry skin.
Rose is assistive for cardiac disease, heart palpitations, arrhythmia, high blood pressure, thread veins, depression, nervous tension, stress, poor circulation, poor memory, headache, insomnia, urinary tract infection, and fluid retention. Rose is very cooling, used for deficiency of heart “yin”, and also night sweats. Rose is excellent for all female concerns, assistive for premenstrual breast tenderness, frigidity, menopause, peri-menopause, premenstrual syndrome, leucorrhoea, dysmenorrhea, Menorrhagia, dysfunctional uterine bleeding, and hormonal balance. Rose is a tonic for the goddess, assisting us to clear, cleanse, regulate and purify our sensual, maternal, and nurturing elemental nature!
Rose has long been a symbol of love and purity. One such older tradition and still common practice use of rose petals are the symbolic honoring within a wedding ceremony; a young flower girl with “purity, innocence, virginity, and youth” scatters rose petals preceding the bride’s walk along the path to the altar, with each step the bride releases the rose petals delicate aromatic structure and the symbolic pursuit of love, honor, and purity are bestowed unto this sacred union.
Rose is thought to possess the highest energetic vibrational frequency among the plant, flower, and tree kingdoms. Use Rose to encourage self-nurturing, self-love, self-esteem, awareness, ease, inspiration, happiness, joy, and serenity. Rose helps us to honor, respect, and love ourselves and is essential for handling emotional difficulties such as grief, heartache, sorrow, anger, resentment, trauma, fear, and conquering insecurities. Rose opposes fear to the same extent that love opposes fear! The appealing and intoxicating nature of the rose compassionately speaks to remind us, “We Are the Love we seek”.
With Gratitude and Love
Robin is an Aromatherapist, LMT, Aromatherapy Instructor, and boutique owner of Cosmic Essential oils products.
© 27 March 2013, Robin Michaels