There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence.
-Ralph Waldo Emmerson
There is probably no other flower that better represents the feelings of the heart than the rose. It is the symbol of love, femininity and romance. But there is more than meets the eye when it comes to the rose.
Inhale deeply and the smell of a rose can bring a feeling of stillness and calm. Rose is balancing in a way that helps us get in touch with our true feelings. The sweetness of rose helps those who feel unloved and those who struggle with self-love. It is known for its ability to raise spirits and comfort broken hearts. Connect with rose and you will feel like you just got a loving hug.
Nourishing to the nervous system and settling to the heart it can help with anxiety, anger, insecurity, depression, stress and grief. Rose is anti-inflammatory and as a liniment can be used for injuries, sore muscles and chronic musculoskeletal pain. Use rose for colds and flu and enhancing the immune system. Rose is high in antioxidants and strengthens the heart and circulatory system. In the digestive system it assists in restoring healthy gut flora. It is also supportive to the liver helping move stuck energy and toxicity.
Rose Infused Honey is a delightful and easy way to enjoy the benefits of Rose. Use just like you would unflavored honey.
To make your own follow these steps:
- Gather fresh or dried rose petals (make sure they have not been sprayed)
- Fill a jar with rose petals.
- Fill the jar with honey.
- Stir to mix in the petals and remove any air bubbles.
- Add more honey if necessary to cover the petals.
- Allow the honey to infuse for a few days.
- Strain the petals or leave them in and eat them too!
Another herb I offer you to become acquainted with is Hawthorn. We’ll talk about that next!