Pretty in Pink

BEAUTY + GODDESSES + ROSES....These three themes go hand in hand as rose elixir’s have been recorded in written history dating back 5000 years. Rose is also known as  “THE QUEEN of FLOWERS” Both in India, Egypt, Roman and Arabic writings deities, queens, and goddess are associated with the rose.

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The greek poet, Anacreon wrote that the white rose (Alba species) first sprang forth during the birth of  Aphrodite, the goddess of love.

Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt was known for her beauty and one of her most famous recipes was her bath consisting of honey, milk, and roses. She even had her living quarters filled with petals so that when Marc Anthony met her he would long remember her every time he smelled a rose.

Whether dealing with libido, mood, moon, childbirth or post natal issues working with rose oils can provide support. Try taking Cleopatra’s lead and soak in a milk, honey and rose oil bath to support healthy hormonal function and uplift the mood.

Rose has therapeutic compounds that are specifically regenerating to mature skin. The oil also benefits dry, hormonal, and problematic skin issues.

BEAUTY RECIPES

Night Serum - Take 1 drop rose oil to ¼ cup of Avocado oil. Apply a small amount to the face and neck each night before bed.

Anti-aging Moisturizer -Take 1 ounce coconut oil and mix 6 drops of rose oil and 6 drops of geranium. Massage into the skin, including legs, arms, elbows, hands and feet.

Love Potion - 7 drops rose oil, 4 drops ylang ylang, 1 drop neroli. Add oils to a cup of witch hazel in a glass mister. Eo’s float on top so shake the bottle to activate the ingredients

Rose Mask - 1 ounce of bentonite clay powder, 3 tbs of rose water, 3 drops of Myrrh oil, 4 drops rose oil. Apply to a clean moist face. Let dry for 15 mins and rinse,

ROSE OIL PRODUCTION

 About 60,000 roses are used to produce 1 ounce of Rose Oil. There are hundreds of species of rose but only four are oil producing roses. These include Damascena, Alba, Centefoila, and Rugosa. It takes  about 7000-9000 kilos of petals to produce 1 liter of rose oil, or 30 kilos in just 1 gram! I recently had the pleasure to visit a 10 acre organic rose garden in the Rose Valley of Bulgaria near the town of Kazanlak where most of the world's rose oil is produced. My friend, Silvia who invited me is carrying on the art of rose growing as did her family for generations. The entire rose harvest lasts around 3 weeks and begins mid May. Each morning the rose pickers, which many whom are “gypsies” wake up before the Sun to start picks by 5 AM- 10AM. When it begins to warm up the roses with begin to ferment so the day’s harvest goes right to the distillery which is nearby to be steam distilled into oil. 10 pickers will pick around 300 kilos of blossoms in a morning. One picker is needed per acre.

After rose picking one morning our group visited the Rose distillery. The exotic aroma that filled the air was one like no other. My nose captured rich notes of sultry smoke, earthy tobacco, tart fruit, fresh green, hint of citrus, and heavy floral aromatics. Yes, it was intoxicating and I finally understood the meaning of Silvie’s brand, Rose Overdosed! It was almost like being drunk on roses but that was another night of the retreat!

ROSE DINNER

 So far I have shared Aromatic and Topical ways to use the essence of the rose  but there are also internal uses through culinary delights. My favorite evening in Bulgaria was a Rose dinner hosted in my host, Silvia’s family home. Her family had been making Rose Champagne, Rose Wine, and Rose Liqueurs for generations. Each sip was savored like a drop of love straight to the soul. The dinner also included a salad with edible roses, Bulgarian Cheeses with Rose Jam, Rose Risotto, and Rose Sorbet. In between each coarse we sipped on the beverages and got to smell different rose oils produced by different seasons or growers which of coarse effect the notes. Rose water, rose petal infusions and rose oil were all bases to the culinary delights.

Recipe: Rose Petal Jam

3 1/2 cups of water

3 cups of rose petals

2 1/2 cups of sugar

½ cup of fresh lemon juice

1 cup rose water

Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan and stir in the rose water. Remove from heat.

Add petals, cover,  and steep for 30 mins. Strain liquid. Discard petals.  Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil for 4 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer into a hot mason jar to seal the lid.  ― Tupac Shakur, The Rose That Grew from Concrete cool. And store in a cool, dry place. Refrigerate after opening.

 

Pretty in Pink refers my experience being part of the Rose Harvest 2018 in the Rose Valley of Bulgaria. We not only smelled roses but touched, tasted, listened, gazed, made rose angels (like snow angels but with rose petals, and adorned ourselves with roses. It was a cloud of pink and an aroma of the heavens. 

Botanical NameRosa damascena

Plant Part Used: Rose Petals

Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation

Note: Base and Middle

Aroma: Floral, Exotic, sometimes Citrusy or Smoky

Blends Well With: Bergamot, cardamom, geranium, ginger, jasmine, lemon, neroli, patchouli, sandalwood, vetiver, and frankincense

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HEART MEDICINE

 There is a reason why the rose has been used for centuries by lovers as a symbol of the heart. The oil is a gentle tonic for the heart w/ the highest measured frequency of all oils at 320 MHz. The rose garden itself is a living meditation w/ an endless sea of blossoms where the opening of petals never seemed to end.. Rose helps us to find the softness underneath it all, while helping to open our hearts a little more and experience a deep sense of peace, love, and joy. The many layers of this scent reminds of our “journey” not just the destination. This aroma is a gift of the earth bringing wisdom to those who have built walls around the heart. Breathe in this heavenly scent and get ready to receive.

We kicked off the week with a yoga session in a room full of about 3000 roses. Yes, my heart experienced an opening indeed. Even the hardest of hearts would not be able to resist a softening after the intoxicating effects of the aroma. The women that gathered together to honor the rose and cherish the week of harvest were from around the world and each one in their own right a total Queen or Goddess. It was appropriate to complete the week learning the folk tradition of the region crafting flower crowns. My cup was was left so full and over flowing that I even drew a card from the tarot deck that read "Queen of Cups". Thank you friends and especially my sweet hosts for a week of beauty and love which I will remember for a lifetime. 

If you would like to purchase a certified therapeutic grade rose oil you can visit my doTERRA site to purchase a 10mL of Rosa Damascena diluted in fractionated coconut oil at

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If you would like to experience the pure rose essential oil direct from the private rose farm I visited please  message me for pricing and availability. The product is hypnotic!

““But he who dares not grasp the thorn
Should never crave the rose.” 

— ANNE BRONTË

““Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature’s laws wrong, it learned to walk without having feet. Funny, it seems to by keeping it’s dreams; it learned to breathe fresh air. Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else even cared.” 

— ― TUPAC SHAKUR, THE ROSE THAT GREW FROM CONCRETE

““She cast her fragrance and her radiance over me. I ought never to have run away from her... I ought to have guessed all the affection that lay behind her poor little stratagems. Flowers are so inconsistent! But I was too young to know how to love her...” 
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince”

— ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPÉRY, THE LITTLE PRINCE