Let’s be honest, the modern rose’s most obvious association is to romance — but roses are actually an ancient flower full of sacred symbolism to many cultures and religions. In fact, paleontologists have discovered rose fossils that age 35 million years old; and although the rose has different connotations in various religions, it is almost always linked to God, divinity, supremacy, and the purity of the human soul.
One of the most surprising facts about the rose may be that it is a potent form of plant medicine. The rose’s beauty often takes center stage but it’s far more healing on the body than it is on the eye.
We aren’t talking about the perfectly manicured long stem roses you’ll find in every florist, grocery store, and gift shop — we’re talking about the undomesticated and unruly roses with natural beauty that’s wild in appearance and powerful in its healing properties.
Check out a few of the dozen rose benefits below and ways to incorporate them into your personal practice.
Rose for Calm
From anxiety to stress, rose petals can help calm our internal world and it’s not just because they are soothing to meditate on. Instead, it’s their high amounts of L-theanine that results in increased feelings of calm and peacefulness. Rose is also a nervine — just like essential oils — and this also helps soothe and calm the nervous system.
Rose for Digestion
Rose increases our circulation and acts as a mild digestive — overall helping our food move through our body gently and more efficiently.
Rose for Menstrual Cramps
If you’ve been having issues with your period then rose may be able to assist you. Rose acts as an emmenagogue, a word that means any herb that stimulates blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus. It can also help regulate and bring on delayed menstrual cycles (as a caution, avoid taking this herb internally in large amounts if you are pregnant).
Rose Petals as an Antibacterial and Anti-Inflammatory
Many studies have proven rose is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial with one study stating that “drinking rose water or tea removes inner body heat and brings down fever. It acts as an antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, bactericidal (against typhoid, diarrhea, cholera, food poisoning), antiviral (cold or influenza), antiphlogistic. It helps to remove scars and marks.” In some cases, rose has also been said to be more effective in healing certain conditions than synthetic drugs.
Incorporating Rose into Sacred Ritual
Based on the above healing benefits, bathing in rose oil is a powerful tool for healing and also just helps you feel like you’re living your best Aphrodite or Venus life. Rose essential oil is a key ingredient and has been added into both our Exheal™ soothing saffron salt bath and our Inheal™ probiotic saffron milk bath. If you are looking to soothe any of the above symptoms in a way that is deeply nourishing to your physical and emotional body, pick the saffron soak that calls to you and unwind with this beautiful bloom.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases.