Hi, my loves and welcome to WiccaNow. Recently I’ve been writing about magickal herbs and plants including this post about herbs for anxiety, another one about magickal indoor plants, my botanical witchipedia and this in-depth post about the magickal properties of sage. Today I want to write about another plant that I’ve had quite a few questions about, namely the ultimate love plant, rose!
Roses have a long history as a flower of love. They are one of the most common ingredients in love spells. The magickal properties of rose include love, luck, friendship, protection and happiness. Roses also have a multitude of medicinal applications such as aiding inflammation and regulating menstrual cycles as well as being anti-bacterial, anti-viral and possibly helping with depression.
Personally, I’m not the biggest lover of the traditional red rose. It always seems a little overbred and usually doesn’t have that amazing rose scent that the older varieties have. I do, however, absolutely LOVE wild roses. They are prickly yet beautifully delicate, often smell amazing and flower with such joyous abandon that they make me happy just looking at them. So, without further ado, let’s talk about roses!
Disclaimer: I am by no means a medical professional and don’t claim to be. All the medicinal benefits given are a product of my own research and shouldn’t be taken over the advice of a trained medical professional. If you are unwell, please see a doctor! Never ingest something you aren’t 100% sure is safe, and if you’re pregnant ask your doctor or midwife before consuming something that you haven’t previously been in contact with.
A Brief History of Roses
Roses have an extremely long history, with fossil evidence showing their existence over 35 million years ago. Around 5000 years ago, cultivation of roses is thought to have begun in China although it was only in the late 18th century that this type of rose made it to Europe. The cultivated roses from China were prized for their ability to bloom repeatedly each year and these cultivations ended up forming the base for most of the roses we see today after they were bred with hardy native roses.
Roses, uncultivated or cultivated were adopted worldwide as a symbol of opulence and beauty. Cleopatra loved to have them strew around her rooms when she was with Marc Anthony so that whenever he smelt a rose he would think of her. Roses were grown extensively in the Middle East, as well as in the Roman Empire where the nobility built large public rose gardens as symbols of their wealth. The rose was so important to the Romans that placing a wild one by the door of a room meant that anything discussed in this room was to be kept confidential.
Interestingly, the rose hasn’t always been associated with beauty and love. During the 15th century, a white rose and a red rose were the symbols of opposing English factions, resulting in the “War of the Roses” as both sides fought for control of England.
During the 17th century, roses were seen as such a valuable commodity that roses and rose water was considered as a legal tender and could be bartered for other goods or payments.
Some Fun Rose Facts
1. The oldest living rose bush is thought to be around 1000 years old and is located on the wall of the Hildesheim Cathedral in Germany.
2. There are a lot of cultures that have folklore relating to the rose. Christian folklore sees the red rose as a symbol of the suffering of Christ with the 5 petals of a rose symbolizing his 5 wounds. Muslim folklore sees the rose used as a way of catching a cheating spouse, as well as a story that the first rose came from a drop of sweat from Mohammed’s brow. Jewish folklore has the rose playing a central part in proving a woman’s innocence when she’s wrongly accused of a crime.
3. In England, it’s seen as bad luck if you cut a rose and a petal falls while you’re cutting it.
4. In Italy, if you gift a fully open rose you’re marking them for death so Italians only give rosebuds or partially open roses.
5. There are over 300 species of roses and tens of thousands of cultivars, amazing right?
Medicinal Benefits of Rose
- Helps to soothe irritated skin and reduce redness
- Soothes sore throats
- Has antiseptic properties which can help to prevent and treat infections
- Full of antioxidants which means that it’ll help prevent cell damage and is anti-ageing
- Can help to heal scars, burns and cuts
- Antibacterial properties
- Might have strong antidepressant and antianxiety properties.
- Can help to relieve headaches
- Aids digesting and can prevent stomach upsets
- Rose hips are incredibly high in Vitamin C
Magickal Properties of Rose
Rose is predominantly used in love spells these days. If you want to try some love spells out yourself, check out these love spells that work, this potent love spell for finding new love and this easy love spell.
Other Magickal Properties of Rose
- Enhances female intuition
- Psychic work and dream work
- Protection (having a rose with thorns helps with this)
- Avoidance of conflict
Deities: Aphrodite, Adonis, Eros, Venus
How to Make Magickal Rose Water
Rosewater is a great way to preserve the magickal properties of roses before they wilt away. I like to have a little rosewater on hand at home, along with dried rose petals. Having a spray bottle of rosewater around is a great way to give yourself a little spritz of self-love throughout the day and you can also use it in most love spells if you don’t have dried rose petals on hand.
- 2 cups fresh rose petals (or ½ cup dried)
- 3 cups water
- Add the rose petals and water to a small pot
- To infuse magickal intention into your rosewater, say:
“Roses gift me your magickal powers, imbue this water with your loving vibrations. So Mote it Be”
- Put a lid on your pot and bring to the boil
- Let simmer until the colour has seeped out of the rose petals. This can take anywhere from 5-20 minutes.
- Leave the lid on and let the rosewater coll down completely.
- When completely cold, strain your rose petals out through a very fine strainer or through a cheesecloth.
- Store in a spray bottle in the fridge for a couple of weeks, or out of the fridge for a week. If you don’t use that much, a sneaky tip is to freeze it in ice cubes and then use it when you need it. This also looks pretty and provided you’ve used food-grade rose petals you can even add the ice cubes to drinks.
So my loves, I hope this gives you all the information that you’ve been looking for about the magickal properties of roses!
Until next time,