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A Rose is a Rose is a Rose . . .

June 16, 2020

According to the Farmers' Almanac, June is National Rose Month, a beautiful month and a beautiful flower.

The rose has been held in high esteem over many cultures and for many centuries.  Not only can it grace a garden, bring religious symbolism to life, and speak to the heart of a loved one, but it offers up, along with its heady scent, medicinal benefits that it shares through its essential oil chemistry as well as through its dried buds, petals, and hips.

In Gabriel Mojay's book Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, he describes the essential oil of rose as a compassionate healer of emotional wounds.  Such power lies in the effect rose has on our mind.  When we are in despair, when love has been lost and trust along with it, the essential oil of rose restores hope in the possibility of love again. 

Diffusing rose essential oil is a simple and effective way of breathing love back into your life.  

Cheryl's Herbs sells Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena).

 

 

Rose is a balm to the skin, as well.  It assists with dry, inflamed skin and rashes and can be used to support healthy capillaries and veins.  

Cheryl's Herbs sells:

Calendula Cream

Ginseng Rose Balm

Manuka Blend

Rosa Mosqueta Oil

Skin Ointment

Soothing Mixture

Vein Blend

 

 

As an astringent, rose can be spritzed on the face to cleanse the skin, remove oil, and tighten pores.

Cheryl's Herbs sells Rose Hydrosol.

 

 

Rose buds, petals, and hips, as tea or liquid extract, offer a wide array of benefits including helping with vision; acute inflammations of the respiratory tract; cardiovascular issues such as passive venous congestion, bleeding, and clotting; diarrhea; vaginitis; and arthritis.

Interestingly, Matthew Wood writes in his book The Earthwise Herbal, A Complete Guide to Old World Medicinal Plants, rose "is indicated in the weakness of convalescence, old age, and delicate children." 

Cheryl's Herbs sells dried Rose Buds and Petals, dried Rose Hips, and Rose Hip liquid extract.

 

 

The rose flower is associated with Aphrodite, goddess of love, beauty, and fertility.  Rose is, therefore, considered an aphrodisiac.  With its roundly sensual aroma and its ability to calm the heart and restore faith in love, rose can warm, relax, and entice us into an evening of beautiful love-making.

Cheryl's Herbs sells Love Tea.

 

 

Grief's dark weight upon the heart marginalizes our days and nights.  Sleepless, fatigued, and melancholic, we walk with our sorrow feeling less than alive.

Gabriel Mojay, in his book Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, suggests the use of a mixture of Cypress, Frankincense, and Rose essential oils for a "persistent sense of loss."

Cheryl's Herbs sells:

Cypress Essential Oil, Frankincense Essential Oil

David Winston, in his book Adaptogens, Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief, writes "I . . . use a combination of Hawthorn berry, leaf, and flower, Mimosa bark, and Rose petals to treat people with broken hearts, sadness, and grief."  Make a cup of tea and sweeten with honey or stevia.

Cheryl's Herbs sells:

dried Hawthorn Berry, Leaf & Flower

Although Cheryl's Herbs doesn't sell Mimosa bark, I would consider, for a condition of grief, replacing it with Chamomile, Melissa, or Holy Basil.

While sipping your cup of tea to soothe your grieving heart, open a bottle of Cheryl's Herbs' Healing Perfume and inhale.  This perfume can also be applied directly to the skin and is made of the essential oils Neroli, Roman Chamomile, Jasmine Absolute, and Rose Absolute (diluted in Jojoba oil) which bring calm, hope, and beauty to the heart.

SOURCES:  Gabriel Mojay's Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, Matthew Wood's The Earthwise Herbal, A Complete Guide to Old World Medicinal Plants, David Winston's Adaptogens, Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief




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