field guide: rose + rosehips, the supportive beauty
the plants are wise. when you learn how to listen and pay attention, they have a lot to share. that’s why we created the maker + merchant field guide. a handy, updated monthly, guide to messages from our favorite plants. because we’re in the heat of summer, we touched base with rose to listen to its messages about beauty and botanical support.
introduction to rose
Roses (and their Rosehips) are a cooling, soothing plant that has been documented and used in herbalism for thousands of years. According to folklore, the Sappho (the poet) called Rose the Queen of the Flowers, and it was known to be a favorite of the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra. The woody, flowering Rose is as beautiful as it is varied. Traditionally, Rose has been used in herbal and folk medicines to soothe and hydrate the skin and also as a source rich in Vitamin C. Reach for Roses when you need support for heartache, when skin is feeling a bit undernourished (Rose is the perfect remedy for sun drenched skin and as a friend as we age), or to tend to a frayed nervous system.
botany and cultivation of rose
There are countless varieties of rose and they are widely cultivated around the world. When growing these flowers, care is hugely important. Do your research into the cultivation practices before working with roses, as they are often bombarded with pesticides and other chemicals you don’t want in your healing or skincare regimen!
traditional uses of rose
Rose is a soothing friend. Rose relieves heat, congestion of the blood, and coolss inflamed surfaces. In Ayurvedic Medicine, rose is often used for the eyes because of these talents. Rose flowers are considered energetically cooling and drying, slightly antimicrobial, and astringent. Rose is also used topically to heal sunburns, rashes, and stings (keep nearby during summer or sunny travel!).
Reach for Rose when you’re feeling a little closed off and wish to bloom yourself. Energetically, the rose is the flower of love and devotion. It opens the mind and heart. Rose petals are an uplifting addition to herbal teas. They reduce stress and help heal heartache. The flowers are often combined with lavender and hawthorn blossoms to help with grief and loss. Rose is also considered an aphrodisiac and can be utilized for difficult emotions surrounding sexuality or to bring a bit of Aphrodite’s magic to a situation.
preparation of rose
In its ever popular versatility, Rose can be prepared to support both external and internal healing.
internal uses of rose
Calling all herbalists! If you’re looking to craft a little herbal support with Rose here’s what you’ll need to do…For internal uses, create a weak infusion of up to three cups daily, or a tincture of dried petals with a ration of 1:5, which can be taken up to 2 ml, 3x daily. Rose can also be made into a tea and is a traditional remedy for stagnant female reproductive disorders, including heavy and painful menstrual cramps. For regulating menstruation, combine Rose with Safflower or Hibiscus.
external uses of rose
Rose can be crafted into a beautiful Rose hydrosol (we made one for you here) to work with its supreme soothing powers. Do this by soaking a compress and pressing it into burned or irritated skin for 20 minutes. This practice will ease the redness and sting completely due to the antioxidant polyphenols of the petals.
medicinal uses of rosehips
As they say, it’s all in the hips. The Rosehips of Roses are used medicinally as well as the petals. Rosehips are known to strengthen capillaries and are rich in bioflavonoids and Vitamin C. Rosehips can help heal acute illnesses like colds due to their high bioflavonoid and Vitamin C content. They are edible as well as medicinal, and are more astringent and sour than rose petals.
contraindications and considerations of rose
Use organic Rose only as Roses are one of the most heavily sprayed plants in gardens and farms alike.
how to source rose
Sourcing herbs should be done consciously and with awareness. Look for roses that are grown and harvested in the U.S. organically.
rose rituals three ways
Rose is as varied as it is beautiful. Mist away with our Damascan Rose Petal Hydrosol, or add a drop of Wild Patagonian Rosehip Oil for daily rituals that are as simple as they are luxurious.
- Made to Mist - Mist with Damascan Rose Petal Hydrosol after cleansing your skin and before applying a face oil (try Wild Patagonian Rosehip Oil for more Rose) for maximum moisture.
- Put on a Mask - Blend 1 tsp of the Siren Song Mask with 1 tsp of the Damascan Rose Petal Hydrosol. Apply the mask, rinse, then add Wild Patagonian Rosehip Oil for added moisture. A real *chefs kiss* mask moment.
- Aromatherapy Bliss - Use the Damascan Rose Petal Hydrosol as an aromatherapeutic spray before meditation to support your intentions, clear your mind, open your heart, and care for your skin - bringing mind, body, and soul together.
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Rose is featured in this Damascan Rose Petal Hydrosol. With this highly energetic hydrosol, a misting of Rose can uplift both skin and spirit. The Maker + Merchant Damascan Rose water is suitable for all skin types, and particularly effective on mature, dry, sensitive, and combination skin. This is a hydrating mist for both face and space to reach higher vibrations. And don't forget to finish with a dose of the Wild Patagonian Rosehip Seed Oil!
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This blog is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. These materials are purely for historical purposes. All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from health care practitioners. Please consult your healthcare professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before working with any plant.