ALTERNATIVE HEALING M10 THE MAGAZINE
India Abroad September 25, 2015
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It’s a long-held tradition that babies’ rooms,
and their accessories should be pink ie that
delicate rose shade. Then, as they grow into
toddlers, blues start to dominate as a chosen
color for boys.
The universal choice of rose pink for children suggests an
ancient belief in its soothing nature. This color was used to
keep a cranky child blissed out.
Color therapists and interior decorators are aware of this
secret response to rose pink. While it may not dominate the
color scheme of the adult world, it is often sneaked into products that are expected to have a “feel good” factor.
Is the reputation of rose pink as a healer true?
Rose oil is one of the few oils that is both stimulating and
sedating. In most cases, if an oil is a sedative, it becomes
anaphrodisiac (the opposite of aphrodisiac). But the rose is a
lovely complement between upliftment and relaxation. It has
a tremendously soothing effect on the nerves. That may
explain why roses are used in weddings the world over — to
calm frayed wedding nerves.
It has also medicinal values not fully understood. It is
known to be an antiseptic and a pain-killer. It has a powerful
impact on the uro-genital system and helps with menstrual
issues. It tones the liver.
Rose oil can be used as a massage oil, in foot baths, in aroma
diffusers, perfume bases, or sprays. All are powerful. Many
room deodorant products have a rose base, and you may
choose them if you are looking to heal. Rose oil is said to clear
away anger and hurt from the past, release forgiveness and
In many chakra-based healing modules — like Reiki,
pran-ic healing etc — colors of the corresponding chakras are meditated upon in specific visualization modules, to initiate healing.
In yoga’s chakra therapy, simply visualizing the color pink,
Pink is the color of the
(as well as green). For issues relating to the healing the heart
or emotions, the color pink is used. If healing is required at a
physical level, the color green is chosen. The dominant emotional issues that may be tackled by such visualizations are
low self-esteem, anger from feeling helpless or unloved, self-acceptance, guilt, self-love,
lack of love either from
family or a sexual partner.
The visualization is best created by an expert, but the
basic theme is of the color
pink pervading the chest
Several rose-hued stones — rhodonite,
rhodochrosite, pink jade and, of
softly alluring rose quartz — used in crystal therapy.
Mercifully the rose quartz, one of the most healing of all
quartz, is readily available and is inexpensive. It heals the
problems of the heart. It also is believed to heal physical issues
related to the heart chakra like heart problems, circulatory
disorders, respiratory ailments, acidity, digestive handicaps
that arise from emotional yo-yos, throat problems, skin issues
and weakened immunity.
At the emotional level, the rose quartz is said to initiate forgiveness, develop self-esteem and confidence, relieve anxiety
and hyperventilation, remove self-loathing. This pretty pink
transparent stone may be used in jewelry, as a crystal elixir, for
meditation, in mandalas and so on. You may do the same with
the other pink stones in this list.
The rose is used in cooking in this therapy. In Unani, rose
petals find their way into cooling drinks or desserts. Indian
traditions, which are influenced by both these schools of
thought, make use of many rose-based postprandial mouth
fresheners. Rose tea, rose coolers are also common in many
eastern and Arabic traditions and particularly true in nations
which experience excessive climatic heat. The rose is thought
to bring temperatures down.
It is said to regulate female reproductive system, regulate
periods, remove wrinkles and control aging. Its vitamin C
content is believed to be repairing over all, especially for systems that have begun to age.
This flower apparently encourages lymphatic drainage,
detoxes the liver, eases water retention, controls stomach sensitivity, tones the belly (by fixing water retention there). Add
to that: properties that make it a pain-killer, muscle relaxant,
Naturopathy beauty treatments use rose water (to tone and
cool the skin) and rose powder (from dried flowers) as
Bach flower remedy
Edward Bach, the British homeopath behind this therapy,
discovered that roses uplifted the mood and remove sluggishness or lethargy. It can be taken mixed with ordinary water.
Or just a few droplets can be ingested. Bach flower remedy
solutions offer immediate relief to those suffering from posttraumatic stress disorders. n
Shameem Akthar is a yogacharya trained with the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center. Catch Shameem's yoga tips on http://jaisivananda.blogspot.com
Disclaimer: This column shares the columnist's pas- sion for alternative therapies which are ideally learned under the guidance of an expert
Shameem Akthar examines
the reputation of roses and
their properties of color and