Rose Comfort Salve

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Rose Comfort Salve is made from flowers of Rosa Damascena, more commonly known as the Damask rose.

In my book, Notes on Hunger, you can read about my relationship with roses, particularly the rosa damascene, or “cabbage roses,” the climbing double rose, usually pink, that is so common in Victorian cottage gardens. My relationship with roses began in childhood. There was a single damascene rose that grew beside our house. The pink rosa rugosa, or wild rose is ubiquitous around the countryside in the remote rural wilderness of the Alberta foothills.

Roses presented in magical ways throughout my life. The salve presented below provides an extraordinary sense of emotional and spiritual support. It seems to bear a strong angelic energy signature. As with all the recipes on my site, this recipe originated in my personal meditation space. The Rose Comfort Salve has deep personal connections. I share the recipe with you with the hope it can help you along your pathway toward grace if you feel called to manifest it in your own kitchen.

Safety note: Whenever you make a product to apply to the skin do a simple allergy test, a “skin test”. Apply a small amount on a small area on the inside of your wrist and wait 24 hours. If a rash, redness or itchiness results at any time in the 24 hours do not use it any further. Doing a skin test is important for anything you make for yourself, but its even more important for anything you share with another person. Also, be aware that essential oils are better tolerated by adults than children. The recipes you’ll find on my website are all meant for adult use. Significant adjustments have to be made for use with children.

Ingredients: Beeswax pellets, refined shea butter, Vitamin E oil, calendula infused oil, lavender infused oil, rose infused oil, rose tincture, and essential oils (frankincense, bergamot, ginger, birch, eucalyptus, geranium, cypress, lavender)
Note: This recipe requires only a small amount of rose tincture. To see how I make tinctures go to (link).

Use: Apply Rose Comfort Salve in a thin layer to hands, wrists, temples and soles of the feet occasionally when feeling emotional or spiritual stress. Rest. Meditate. Makes about 4 jars, 4 oz each.

Method for making Rose Comfort Salve: Combine the following on stovetop in large deep heavy bottomed pot, low heat: Watch carefully; Mixture is not meant to simmer or boil. Stir gently.
Remove from heat as soon as the shea butter and beeswax pellets melt.

Beeswax pellets: 7 oz
Refined shea butter: 5 oz
Vitamin E oil: 1.5 oz
Infused calendula oil: 8 oz
Lavender infused oil: 2 oz
Rose infused oil: 2 oz
After removing pot from heat add essential oils:
Frankincense: ½ oz
Bergamot: 10 drops
Ginger: 5 drops
Birch: 1 tsp
Eucalyptus: ¼ tsp
Geranium: 10 drops
Cypress: ½ tsp
Lavender: 1 T
Rose tincture: 1 T

Note: if available use 10 drops of orange rather than bergamot to maximize synergy with birch; 10 drops of peppermint may also be added if desired.

Pour into jars, stir with a toothpick occasionally to encourage the tincture to blend into the salve while it cools and solidifies; cover with lids and store in a cool place.

Darlene Witte
Darlene Witte

Professor of Education, (retired) at Johnson State College in Vermont leads the Green Mountain Writers' Poetry & Performance workshop that meets on Zoom each month on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 7 PM ET. Find out more at

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