I use a lot of roses in my skin care formulations, and rightly so, for this is a radiant plant full of healing and skin-loving properties. We all know Rose as the symbol of love and beauty but its use as an herbal medicine and cosmetic ingredient is perhaps not so well-known. This is indeed a pity, for who would not love to nourish their skin with such a beautiful flower?
The cold-pressed oil of rose, from the rosehip seeds, is used for anti-ageing and skin rejuvenation and commonly used for scaring, wrinkles and UV damage. This luxurious and healing oil contains Vitamin A, which helps to delay the effects of skin aging, and can assist with cell regeneration. There are also high amounts of essential fatty acids and Vitamin E, which further promotes healthy skin. The entire plant is incredibly anti-inflammatory, and beyond its cosmetic applications is used for injuries and sore muscles amongst other ills.
Energetically, Rose works on opening the heart chakra (not surprisingly) and also acts as heart-settling nervine. It brings peace and strength to the body and spirit, and can help to lift anxiety and depression.
Its beauty helps us to recall and claim our own.
How did the rose ever open its heart
And give to the world all of its beauty?
It felt the encouragement of light against its being,
Otherwise we all remain too frightened.