The fragrance of Love ~ this is what the Rose symbolizes for me.
Heart opening, guiding us towards softness, sweetness, flowingness in our being. Love for oneself.
Every time I smell and touch a Rose, or use Rose essential oil, it gives me this feeling of safety... that it's ok to drop the guard and feel myself. Be myself. It feels nurturing, like a motherly embrace. A balsam for my nervous system, a sweet nectar for my heart.
Delicate and tender through its flower and petals, yet strong and resilient through its thorns ~ the Rose teaches us both aspects are part of life and can be integrated into a gracious dance ~ each aspect taking the lead when the time is right and the moment calls for it.
Historically, the Rose is considered to be around 35 millions years old! Garden cultivation of Roses probably started around 5000 years ago in China. Roses carry so much symbolism and meaning: they have been used throughout time for celebrations, cooking, healing, ceremonies, beauty rituals.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the Rose has sweet, slightly bitter and warm qualities. It is associated with the Liver meridian and it helps to release stuck life energy and remove blood stagnation, reducing menstrual cramps; as well as the Spleen meridian alleviating digestive issues.
The Rose is rich in antioxidants, has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties for the skin, it is naturally astringent and tonic. Helps combat anxiety and depression, uplifting the spirit and supporting through emotional turmoil.
Did you know the Rose has one of the highest frequencies among plants?
Energetically using the Rose flower and petals helps us connect deeper with our heart, soothe emotional pain, be more fully present with our feelings, soften, forgive and let go more easily.
Trusting there is a time for everything ~ like in nature some seasons are for resting and doing nothing, some seasons are for growing and blossoming. There is beauty in all of it.
Here are some ritual ideas to connect with the energy and consciousness of the Rose:
Meditate with a Rose ~ observe its beautiful patterns, take in its magical fragrance, feel the soft touch of its petals. Be fully present with the sensuous experience the Rose is gifting you.
Visualize a Rose in your heart chakra ~ notice its color and how many petals it has. Every time you breathe in, the Rose opens up and allows the energy to flow freely and your heart to expand. Keep doing this for 5-10 minutes. At the end thank the Rose for its caring presence and ask it to support you in deepening your heart presence.
Take a bath with rose essential oil and rose petals. Let your body and mind melt away while you drop deeper into your truest being and bathe in that space where everything is allowed to be.
Massage your body with a rose infused oil and receive all its healing benefits with all your being.
Make a rose petals infusion and drink it for 7 days or 21 days, setting an intention at the beginning of your journey and asking the Rose to help you and support you with whatever is needed in that moment of your life. You can also use a rose elixir or a rose powder drink.