|As we come upon Valentines Day, many people will be choosing roses as a means of conveying their affection and love. In days gone by, elaborate messages were communicated through bouquets, as each plant translated its own vocabulary. Flower colour make a difference to the scent of a rose, and also to its medicinal benefits.
I had the pleasure of meeting British aromatherapist and author Elizabeth Ashley at Botanica 2016 in England. Elizabeth has gone to great lengths to explain the history, qualities and energetics of various roses. She states, “… For rose truly is a timeless elixir, unmatched in her beauty but also her power. ” In her book, Rose Goddess Medicine, she offers us these descriptions of various coloured roses.
Red Rose – Passionate love
Yellow Rose – Gladness, friendship, promise of a new beginning; it can also convey jealousy
Bright Pink Rose – Appreciation and gentleness
Pale Pink Rose – Grace and “Please believe me”
Orange Rose – Desire and enthusiasm
Purple Rose – Enchantment
White Rose – Purity, silence and innocence
The Rose has a long history of cultivation, use and appreciation. It has always been associated with love, passion, connection and spirit. As a herbal medicine, its qualities are amazing. As an essential oil, its aroma is divine. A little goes a long way – deeply and profoundly. Perhaps it is time we took another look and whiff of this exquisite beauty. Happy Valentines Day!
Article written by Pat Antoniak Registered Nurse-Registered Aromatherapist and owner of the Natural Comfort Wellness Centre in Tsawwassen, BC