July 23, 2012

The Power of Roses

" A Rose by any other name would smell as sweet" William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet Roses have a long and colorful history. They have been symbols of love, beauty, war, and politics. The rose is, according to fossil evidence, 35 million years old. In nature, the genus Rosa has some 150 species spread throughout the Northern Hemisphere, from Alaska to Mexico and including northern Africa. Garden cultivation of roses began some 5,000 years ago, probably in China. During the Roman period, roses were grown extensively in the Middle East. They were used as confetti at celebrations, for medicinal purposes, and as a source of perfume. Roman nobility established large public rose gardens in the south of Rome. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the popularity of roses seemed to rise and fall depending on gardening trends of the time. Roses have long been used to ease the mind, soothe stress and invoke feelings of love and well being. Rose is the queen of essential oils and is also known as the flower of seduction. It is a healing and balancing oil with a natural affinity with the heart. Rose has the highest frequency of any oil, and raises the frequency of cells bringing harmony and enhanced well-being to the body and balancing personal will. Rose offers psychic protection by raising the energy field frequency. Rose symbolizes divine or mystical love and attracts love, promotes confidence and is healing to the heart. Use rose oil in love spells of all kinds. Rose activates yin or feminine energies and awakens sensuality. Rose is also associated with; Protection of secrets; repulsion of evil, beauty, psychic powers, divination through dreams, healing, luck, protection, domestic peace and happiness. Currently we have powdered rose petals to use in your bath, whole dried rose petals and buds for use in sachets, mixtures or infusions and therapeutic grade fair trade organic rose oil from the rosa centifolia rose. We also carry Rose Hydrosol for use as a skin soother or to rejuvenate your auric fields. Just for fun try this yummy rose pistachio scone recipe for those summer evenings on the patio.