Let the rose heal your emotions


One of my favourite herbal remedies is the humble rose, specially the pure organic rose hydrosol water (a by product of distillation of rose oil) and the pure essential oil. The rose flower is considered medicinal in traditional medicine such as Unani medicine (Islamic medicine) and European herbal medicine.

Wonder why we give roses to lovers or someone with emotional stress? Roses are traditionally associated with Aphrodite, the goddess of love in Greek myths and with the Blessed Virgin Mary (who took care of the baby Jesus) in the Christian tradition. It is always associated with love.

I find the scent well balanced, with both strength and gentleness. When we look at it, we see completeness and harmony. It teaches us a lesson – Life is beautiful (the rose flower) and sufferings are part of life (the thorns) and nothing lasts forever.

The root cause of many diseases and suffering is fear and the remedy for fear is love (read my book Leaf to Life – the 4th sacred letter of wellness). The emotion of fear increases inflammation in our body and particularly the heart. That is why anger and worry (which stems from fear) damages the heart.

Roses are particualrly effective for those with a heat and irritation body type, characterised by high blood pressure, anxiety, worry, heat sensitive, redness, wakeful sleep, over excitement, sensitive to pain, allergies, easy bleeding and weak capillaries and yes – emotionally sensitive and easily irritated.

One 10ml of rose water mixed with water can give me almost instant relief from anxiety, anger, heart palpitation and restlessness.
A recipe attributed to St Hildegard – a mixture of rose and sage mix ease anger and brings cheers. I found this combination effective for menopausal dryness and hormonal imbalance.

I personally find rose water effective for over excitement – causing insomnia or wakefulness and poor concentration. That is why I drink some rose water before a presentation and study for my exams. You cannot be creative and clear thinking if you are not mindful. Rose calms the heart and helps you to be mindful.

It is also an effective remedy for chronic depression and in managing perimenopause and menopausal symptoms.

The cause of depression and unhappiness is mainly lack of love – not able to love and not being loved.

Perhaps adding rose to our lifestyle can heal our inner lack fo love; at least on the physical level. We can avoid depression and add a little happiness in our life if we learn how to use simple herbs like the rose.

Nature or God’s creation already provides us with the remedies but are we listening?

Note: 100% organic rose hydrosol water, rose essential oil and sage are available in my clinic. . Call for enquiries.

About Sebastian Liew

Matthew Wood, the renowned American herbalist described Sebastian as ‘one of the most unique and talented practitioners of natural healing and herbalism.’ The New Paper (Singapore) called Sebastian Liew 'The Medicine Man'. Indeed, Sebastian is a qualified and registered Medical Herbalist (accredited by the National Herbalists Association of Australia), with a Master's degree in Herbal Medicine from the University of New England, Australia. He is the first medical herbalist in Singapore and is known to popularize phytotherapy (Western herbal medicine), European traditional medicine, and St Hildegard medicine (Germany) in Singapore and probably in Asia. Sebastian has 20 years clinical work experiences and treated numerous patients with different medical conditions from all age groups in his Singapore clinic. Sebastian authored the book, Leaf to Life: The Natural Approach to Slow Down Aging and Living a Healing Life, which set the fundamentals for healthy aging and the prevention or treatment for almost all diseases.
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