I love Rose for its healing powers and for it beauty, lore and multitude of actions it performs on the body.
Rose is a well-known for treating any and all skin care conditions. Rose works wonders on sunburns and mild burns (especially the diluted vinegar). As an anti-septic and mild antibacterial, Rose makes a great first aid medicine for skin infections. It is a powerful vulnerary that reduces pain, heat and inflammation in wounds and helps heal skin abrasions, rashes, bites and stings. Rose is specific for excess heat and is a lovely cooling remedy. Try rose water topically on heat rash, hives, or any other hot skin conditions. Rose can also be helpful for gut inflammation from food intolerance. Some of my favorite ways to work with Rose topically for this are the tea, diluted tincture, and rose water.
It is also an amazing heart tonic for the physiological heart and spiritual-emotional heart. Useful for trauma, grief, depression, anxiety (especially heart-based), heartbreak. It moves stuck grief so it can be processed. This well-known flower of love and devotion balances heart-opening with protection (thorns) and is excellent for boundary work. It is also a cardiovascular tonic, promoting proper vascular functioning, treating high blood pressure and poor circulation, especially when signs of heat are present or symptoms are exacerbated by stress.
Rose is an excellent antispasmodic helpful for osteoarthritis ("wear and tear arthritis"), sore muscles, chronic musculoskeletal pain, especially topically but helps when taken internally too.
Rose is also an aphrodisiac, helpful for low libido, erectile dysfunction, frigidity, bringing blood flow and promoting circulation to the pelvic region. It relieves menstrual cramps, mood swings and scanty menses resulting from pelvic congestion. It combines well with safflower or hibiscus for this.
Rose also helps with an overworked and congested Liver and excess heat in the digestive system. Signs include anger and frustration, diarrhea, constipation, headaches, IBS, gastric inflammation, food allergies and intolerance and sluggish digestion that stems from stuck Liver Qi, especially feelings of quick-to-rise anger and frustration.
As a mild antibacterial, astringent, and vulnerary can be helpful for UTIs, yeast and vaginal infections. Major medicine in Ayurveda and Unani-tibb. Also used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Tibetan Medicine. From an Ayruvedic perspective great for all classic Pitta (excess heat) imbalances, yet is balancing to all the doshas and is considered tridoshic. Ayurveda often combines rose with shatavari as a tonic.