Happy Summer Solstice!
Two years ago when I met my sweetie, Andrew, summer solstice has evolved into birthday celebrations, strawberry picking, and anniversary honoring. He’s a Solstice baby, born on the longest day of the year after 48 hours or labor – bless his mama!
I am filled with gratitude for his birth, our relationship’s birth, the blossoming flowers becoming fruit, and the peak of the summer solstice all culminating on this beautiful sunny day.
Our roses are in full bloom so I’ve decided to share this experience of making a flower essence and glycerite with you all.
Flower essences bring me into the present moment immediately. They involve sitting with the flower in a clear glass bowl of spring water for 15-30 minutes on a sunny day. While meditating near the essence, I do my best to let go of the left brain’s attempts to figure anything out. Just be, breathe, and listen to the inner and outer world.
What are the birds singing about?
Is there wind?
Who are you, Rose?
What’s your medicine for today?
How is your body changing by simply sitting with an open mind and heart next to Rose?
This can be done with any flower or gem stone. I added a selenite crystal to the essence for reasons I don’t yet understand, but the selenite guided me to put it in there with Rose.
Little buddha baby wanted to join in the fun, too. It is no wonder that an hour later I was informed my dear friends had given birth to a baby boy while I was preparing this essence! Oh, the beauty of attunement to the oneness of everything.
It’s truly a gift to slow down enough to hear what the plants and subtle energy spirits are saying to us.
I let the essence sit alone outside, where it’s never truly alone with of all the plants, insects and animals, but I give it space to absorb the beautiful energies of the land. It wanted to stay out all night, too, infused by the crescent moonlight and lightning bugs flickering magical wisdom. So I let it be.
My prayer is this Rose Selenite Essence will bring joy and compassion to all who encounter it – both in reading here and by taking it physically. All you need is 1-3 drops under the tongue to receive the affects of its subtle yet powerful medicine.
Your turn to make one!
Send me an email if you want a bottle of Rose Selenite Essence or any others:
Daisy – heart opening pure bliss unafraid of being seen
Tulsi – embodied Queen & Wei Qi immune support
Lady’s Mantle – self-compassion during recovery from sexual trauma
Trillium – triad for Women’s womb healing
Buttercup – nourishing confidence
Yarrow – boundaries with self & others
Elderflower – respect what is sacred especially our Elders
Vogesite & Rhodocrosite- balance the Feminine & Masculine energies
Emerald – attracting abundance & financial stability
Calendula – radiant lion who dances inside the soul
Aster – soft gentle awakening into your inner truth
Rose Glycerite Recipe
The gift of heart spirit support and emotional upliftment straight from the garden
2 cups rose petals (wild rose, rosa rugosa or organically grown garden roses)
2 cups organic vegetable glycerine
1/3 cup spring water or distilled
1/4 cup brandy (optional)
Macerate the rose petals in a mason jar with the vegetable glycerine for 3-5 minutes. Add the water and mix well. Place in a double boiler on low heat to warm the mixture for 1-3 hours. While warming, place a lid over the jar without the screw top to keep the volatile oils and fragrances inside the jar. Remove from the double boiler, place wax paper between the lid and jar to prevent corrosion and screw on well. Shake vigorously until all the liquid coats the roses. Label with date, name, and where you found the roses. Let sit for 4-6 week on a shady shelf. Stain through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth and pour into an amber bottle to keep light out.
Enjoy this heart nourishing treat mixed in fizzy drinks, herbal tea, or straight from the bottle! Lasts one year out of the fridge (if Brandy is added) or inside the fridge without an alcohol preservative. Great for kids, too!
Blessings on the Solstice,