Updated: Aug 11, 2020

Which Rose: All

Family: Rosaceae

Plant Uses: Inflammation, Skin, Wounds, Bladder infections, Grief, lack of self love, Lack of Boundaries, Depression, Anxiety, Heart, Pain, Womb Health.

Preperations: Tea, Infusions, Tincture, Vinegar, Salve, Balm, Food, Elixirs, syrup, Creams, Toners, Oil, Hydrosols

Plant Properties: Astringent, Nervine, Aphrodisiac, Anti-Inflammatory, Analgesic, Antioxidant

Energetics: Cooling

Parts Used: Petals, leaves, hips and thorns

Sensual, alluring, soft, strong, enticing Rose, linked with love, the heart, sex and femininity.

I love Rose, and this ally is one of my top medicines use both internally and externally.

But in the past, I had discarded Rose, relating this plant with stuffy and formal over sprayed gardens that I couldn’t properly explore or even touch, or cellphone wrapped roses sold in filling stations.

I preferred the Nettles and the Mugwort, the Dandelions and the Plantain.

But over the years I have come to learn the real wisdom of the Rose is much more than an ornamental flower crammed into paved pathways to be looked at and never touched.

Rose is a deep healer and a sensual food, her medicine is strong, potent and deeply moving, healing on the physical, emotional, spiritual and energetic levels.

The medicine of Rose was first brought to me when I was a child, by my Granny Mary.

I always remember filling my grannies well used magical kitchen with the sweet scent of pink, yellow, rich red, white and peachy rose petals. We would go out and find roses; wild ones and gardened ones and infuse them in witch hazel, the petals turning from velvety, crisp, cool, bright petals to soft and fleshy. We would, after a few weeks, bottle it drinking in the smell as the cool calm liquid filled glass vessels. There was a lovely gentle scent and a soft soothing feeling to the potion that I would use as a face wash.

There are many many different varieties of Rose and every kind holds some deep medicine and therapeutic value.

The stronger scented Roses usually work best and the Roses you use can be from the rose growing in a garden, an old style rose to the beautiful wild rose. When using Roses, make sure that they are grown organically and sprayed with chemicals.  

I personally love to use the wilder Roses but I do also use others as I love getting lost in the soft folds of the velvety petals.

I feel deeply suspicious of the ones with their thorns bred out of them and wont use them, as this to me is changing the personality of the rose and making her less of her true self.

I like my roses to be wild and fierce teaching those who go near her that beauty and softness needs to be held alongside fierceness and boundaries.

The greatest medicine that Rose has taught me, has been a deep lesson for me.

Rose is the medicine of the heart both physically and emotionally. Rose is a flower that stands out in beauty and in smell, drawing a person to her soft folds through the pure sensuality of her.

Her flower is so open, her stem strong. Just from the smell of Rose, a person is transported into their heart, not in a frightening way, but in a way that makes the heart feel safe and held. A person from this place, can connect more readily to a feeling of self love.