Roses in Winter

“Memory is the power to gather roses in winter.” It is January and I feel ever so grateful that I have seen roses in winter for they are a true delight to the spirit and the senses. It is also in winter that I become more connected to my work with the aromatic essential oils of flowers and blooming things. As an aromatherapist, I have the blessing of being surrounded by exotic and  tantalizing scents whenever I desire. Through the years I have found scent connects me to many pleasant memories of times, places and people.

Roses are a particular favorite of mine and as such I find myself drawn to their beauty and delicate aroma. During winter many people struggle with anxiety, depression and seasonal affective disorder due to the lack of sunshine and deprivation of growing things. Essential oil of Rose (Rosa damascena) is a comforting essential oil that warms the heart and lifts the spirits. I often put a few drops of Rose or Lavender essential oil on a hanky that was my grandmothers and carry it in my pocket during dreary days or tuck it in my pillowcase to ease a sleepless night.

Surrounding ourselves with the pleasant aromas of  plants we love is one way to support our wellness and help us transition through the seasons of change. Floral essential oils provide a lovely break from winter!  Add a few drops to your favorite unscented lotions, bath salts, shampoos and other personal care items. It’s surprising how powerful these aromatic molecules are and the positive impact they can have on our state of mind as well as our physical health.

Throughout time roses have had an illustrious history of health and beauty benefits. Rosebud tea for calming raw nerves, rose water and hydrosol for skin tone, and the rich and sensuous aroma of rose milk lotion on dry winter skin. It is no wonder that roses are beloved by so many.

If you should decide to purchase some Rose essential oil (Rosa damascena) or to buy yourself a bud or a bouquet; remember the Chinese proverb ” A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses” and buy an extra one to give away! Valentines day will be here before we know it and what more thoughtful gift than some rose scented bath salts in a lovely jar with a hand written note.

Recipe for Sweet Rose Bath Salts: Mix 3/4 cup of Epsom salts with 1/4 cup of Pink Himalayan salts and 1/4 cup of baking soda.  Blend that mixture with 8 drops of Rosa damascena  or Rose Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) essential oil.  Sometimes it is fun to add some dried rose buds or petals (from the florist) to this mixture for color and texture.  Place your blend in a glass mason jar with a pretty hanky and ribbon.

May you too enjoy roses in winter and until next time….

Be Well, Be Peace, Be Love…Sara


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