Latin:  Rosa sp.

Family: Rosaceae

Parts Used:  Flowers, hips.

Taste/Energetics:  Sweet, slightly sour and bitter, astringent, cooling.

Properties:  Anti-inflammatory, diaphoretic, antimicrobial, cardiac tonic, anxiolytic

Actions:  Ah rose.  This flower has been esteemed and loved for thousands of years for its visual beauty, for its fragrance and for its effect when taken internally as medicine.  Much of Rose’s beauty can be appreciated by simply planting her in a garden or visiting with various wild roses out in nature.  And aromatherapy, rose softens, lifts mood, opens the heart and relaxes the body.  Its perfume is often associated with love and we are all familiar with the idea of giving roses on St. Valentine’s day.

Rose can also be added to tea formulas to help bring a pleasant fragrance and taste, to help relax and strengthen the heart, to bring calm and as a gentle anti-inflammatory for heat conditions in the system.  Rose hips are a strong source of vitamin C and can be useful in jams and syrups for fighting off colds and flu.

I think of rose as helpful for those who have experienced emotional trauma and shock.  It has an affinity for the heart and is especially helpful for those who are overheated, anxious and stricken with grief.

Dosage:  This is an herb that is controversial in the aromatherapy world because it takes 22 pounds of rose petals to distill and make just 5 ml of the essential oil.  For that reason I would recommend infusing oils directly with rose petals to make lotions and salves.  In tea form, rose is fairly strong and overpowering so I recommend using quite a bit less of it when mixing with other herbs such as lemon balm, lemon verbena, oatstraw, etc.   As a tea alone, 1 teaspoon to 1 cup of hot water infused for 10 minutes.  Not great as a tincture either but lovely in brandy elixirs.

Contraindications:   None.

Further Reading:

Rose Monograph   by Kiva Rose

Wild Rose Flower  by Elise Krohn

Rose monograph  by Elise Krohn

Rosehips  by Elise Krohn

Wild as  a Rose   by Susun Weed