Rose’s Asian nutritional energetics and highlights.
Clears heat, cools the Blood and stops bleeding – Rose has a very clearing, cooling and calming nature. Patterns of Blood heat include rashes, fever, nose bleeds. In the Liver heat may present as anger, ringing in the ears, red eyes and hypertension. Stomach heat can present as mouth sores, bad breath, gnawing sensation in the stomach and GERD. Heat in the Heart presents as panic attacks, anxiety, nervous tendencies and ADD. It doesn’t matter which organ has the heat – rose will cool it.
Harmonizes menstruation, strengthens and harmonizes reproductive Qi – Roses are wonderful for treating reproductive disharmonies including: irregular or painful menses, PMS, low self-esteem, excessive bleeding, impotence, infertility and low-libido. But don’t just keep it to the ladies. Roses help to increase sperm count and resolve sperm incontinence.
Clears Liver Qi congestion and promotes bile flow – Liver Qi stagnation? In Chinese medicine the Liver is responsible for ‘free and easy flow’ – meaning the Qi, Blood and Fluids in the body are moving easily. Liver Qi stagnation appears as depression, mood swings, mid back pain, PMS, constipation, flank pain, nausea and headaches. If you have angst, anger, irritability or frustration you have some Liver Qi stagnation.
Nourishes the Heart, settles Shen and lifts depression – Very simply put, Shen is the spirit that is housed in the Heart. When the Heart’s Blood and Qi are harmonious, Shen is nourished and we responds appropriately to the environment. We can build meaningful relationships and can experience joy and laughter. When it is not nourished or unsettled we see patterns of insomnia, anxiety, palpitations, and inappropriate relationships (too close or too far). In extreme conditions we can see hysteria, irrational behavior, ADD, ADHD, mania and delirium.
Clears toxins, reduces swellings and inflammation – Carbuncles, furuncles, hives, boils, abscesses and shingles – oh, my. All are forms of damp, toxic heat which rose can help clear.
Heals and repairs the skin – Use it internally and/or externally, rose is useful for eczema, ulcers, sprains, red irritated skin, wrinkles and spider veins.
Ways to use roses
Drink them – There are several varieties of rose tea available at local stores, or simply get some dried organic rose blossoms and petals and have make your own. I often mix my with other flavors – last night raspberry leaf, nettle, and rose. To further cool the day down, I dropped in a few frozen blackberries. I also use rose to flavor lemon and limeade – so lovely!
Eat rose petals – Dash them over salads, top berries or cakes with them.
Use as rose water or rose oil – Use the water to flavor teas or as a refreshing facial rinse. Drop oil into a calming bath or use as an essential oil…a few drops a day under the tongue can go a long way.
Make up a vinegar – Use for everything from sunburns and bug bites to an unusual salad dressing.
Take time to smell the roses – Although not as strong as ingesting roses, roses will pass their healing properties to those enjoying their scent. This is especially true of the properties that affect the spirit and psyche.