The miracle of herbs and plants is that when taken responsibly and respectfully they do not deaden the emotions. As gentle, loving, supportive allies, plants help us work through the lessons we are here to learn. In particular, roses do this beautifully.
A wonderful nervine, great for uplifting the mood and alleviating depression, rose also has antispasmodic, aphrodisiac and sedative qualities, as well as being anti-inflammatory. Rose helps regulate menstruation as well as stimulate the digestion. Rosehips, which come along after the bloom has faded, are a wonderful source of vitamins C, B2 and E.
One may use rose as an herbal supplement, essential oil or flower essence. Rose petal tincture is often used in heart formulas. Dried rose petals make a lovely addition to teas. One of my favorite ways to use rose is to make a glycerite of the fresh flowers of Rosa rugosa, the fragrant wild rose found near many beaches. I have found it to be a powerful yet gentle remedy which truly gladdens the heart while easing sorrow and grief. I’ve given rose glycerite to many people over the years who are experiencing depression or loss. Every single person has reported back that rose glycerite helped them through the grief process, making it easier to bear.
For deep grief, I also recommend the homeopathic remedy Ignatia amara. Ignatia amara comes from the seeds of a large tree found in the Philippines which was beloved of the Jesuits, an order founded by St. Ignatius, hence its name. I find the combination of Ignatia amaraand Rose glycerite both powerful and soothing to the wounded spirit which is trying to heal. Rose essential oil, made from Rosa damascena, helps alleviate depression and anxiety.
Rosa rugosa flower essence is love. It raises negative vibrations and helps purify the heart/shen. The alchemy between Rosa rugosa and the sea enables this flower essence to physically balance out negative ions, release grief & transmute negative vibrations into love/compassion. Rose petals are soft and can soften the heart. The thorns offer protection. This is truly a beautiful flower essence and plant. To ease your heart, visit the Rose spirit. You can do this by meditating on the Rosa rugosaeither while taking its essence or holding it in your hand. Trust in the rose spirit to help you release that which no longer serves your highest good.
This year I infused some local honey with rose petals. It adds a wonderful touch to a cuppa and many recipes which call for honey. Spend some time with Rosa rugosa, as an herb, essential oil, flower essence, and next summer with the plant itself. Let her inspire you to work with her in whichever way seems most appropriate. Experiment and open yourself to whatever lessons she has to teach you. Feel free to share your experiences by sending me an email, firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear how Rosa rugosa has revealed herself to you!