Happy Valentine’s day! It seems ideal then to give you the low down on one of my all time favourite flowers to work with: Rose
Before I start, I want to put that in this post I will be focussing more on the emotional, mental and spiritual aspects and properties of Rose, rather than the health benefits and biology of it, because I think these are for more interesting and fun to explore!
Roses are the ultimate symbol of love and beauty, not just in the 21st century (giving them for Valentine’s or having them at weddings), but also throughout history and in many different traditions and spiritual practises all over the world. From ancient Egypt, Rome and Greece to Christianity and Islam, it symbolizes perfect love, beauty, femininity and the goddess- being associated with the goddesses Isis, Aphrodite and Venus. It was a predominant symbol in Christianity, the Virgin Mary was known as ‘La Rosa Mystica’, is the symbol of the soul in Islam and two prominent Sufi books are, ‘The Rose Garden’, by Saadi and, ‘The Rose Garden of secrets’, by Mahmud Shabistari.
I’m sure we all know what Rose smells like: delicate, ethereal yet classic, and sensual. When I smell it I am taken to a fragrant garden somewhere in a different world inhabited by goddesses, fairies and sprites.
Rose oil is used a lot in modern perfumery, and is used in nearly all women’s fragrances and up to 40% of men’s. However pure rose oil is very expensive! It takes thousands of rose petals to produce just one drop of oil, so it is highly prized.
Rose represents ultimate femininity, unconditional love and a pure heart, yet is also very sensual and not afraid of sexuality. I personally wear rose to get in touch with and express my femininity and be in touch with the divine, as I was told that my guardian angel is called Rose! So the flower also has personal significance to me.
Since Rose is a flower to do with love it is naturally associated with the heart chakra, and can help with all issues and traumas to do with the heart, love and emotions. And also since it is such a feminine oil, it can be used in aromatherapy to treat women’s health problems, like menstruation, fertility and also dry and ageing skin.
So all in all, definitely a divine flower and oil to work with.
If you feel inspired by this, then 5 of my current fragrances have rose oil in them:
Jasmine Rose, Rose Neroli, Citrus Rose, Floral Spice and Jean’s Lavender Heart
So wearing these fragrances will give you the therapeutic benefits of Rose, although for more of a rose hit I would recommend the first 3.
Go ahead and contact me for more details or if you would like to buy one! My contact details are on my homepage.
Until next time here is another Rose… mmmm heaven….