Last week I had a dream about rose water. I couldn’t really tell you why I dreamt about this floral water. It’s not like I had been thinking about it in any respect. The dream consisted of several people taking bottles of rosewater off my shelf and using it. It was almost as if I was the shelf itself and I was speaking but it no sound was coming from my mouth. No one could hear me or see me. I was just a shelf.
I started getting very angry that these random people kept taking my water without even asking. I finally shouted out “stop taking my water!!”. Then they looked at me. In their eyes I could see they were hungry, embarrassed and ashamed for their thievery. This of course made me feel like a jerk for yelling at them. After all, they did look like they needed it for something useful.
I mean I had just been safely storing this magical elixir for the last millennia or so…. never cracked and never tampered with, but whatever. They needed it! And I was happy to supply it when I witnessed their need. So I did what any stingy old shelf of a person would do, I changed my dusty ways and became the next Mother Theresa by handing them out to all those souls in need.
Again, I cant really tell you why I even thought about rose water. It certainly is not a staple item in my pantry. But I’m a big fan of paying attention to subtle clues the universe provides to you. So I started to look into what the symbolic meaning was and what people used it for in the past.
The use of rose water (in my words), dates back to the beginning of time. The uses of roses and rose water in history goes on and on and there’s no way I can list all of them at this time because it makes my head spin.
Distilling rose water for medicinal use was developed by a famous physician, alchemist, philosopher and godfather of medicine of the 10th century named Avicenna (Ibn Sina). Ibn can be credited for writing the most comprehensive medical book written in the ancient world and some of his medical books are still being used to this day.
Rose water has been said to aid in so many ailments. It’s pretty difficult to dig deep into just one. It’s been used for treatment of abdominal and chest pain, strengthening the heart as well as heart chakra, treatment of menstrual bleeding and digestive problems, reduction of inflammation on the skin, soothing sore throats, healing wounds, using it in a vapor form has proven to be helpful for some allergies, headaches, migraine, depression, grief, stress, tension and lets not forget about its relationship with love in general.
Personally I was and from time to time, deal with some heavy emotions that typically materialize in the form of not feeling involved, being pushed out of certain circles and then forgotten for lack of better words. I’ve seen a few amazing Reiki healers, Mediums, and indulged myself in eastern philosophies, religions and a plethora of techniques involving general wellbeing to try to “heal” myself of the guilt, shame and forgiveness that my soul seems to want to harbor all the time.
The rose water dream called out to me for some reason and after doing some research, I wanted to incorporate it into a few dishes from time to time when I’m feeling out of sorts. I found this lovely fruit dish from Unicorns in the Kitchen and I’m a bit obsessed. The measurements seemed a bit off for the fruit to dressing ratio, so I added more fruit and used less dressing. And guess what? This flavor is still absolutely fantastic! I never thought that fruit needed any flavoring, but lemme tell it to you straight…. I am so glad I found this recipe. The flavors are OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD and they brought me to my own little happy place. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
- 3 Kiwis peeled – cubed
- 3 Oranges peeled – cut into chunks
- 5 Pineapple rings – cut into chunks. I used canned.
- 1 cup Green grapes – sliced
- 15 Strawberries – cut into chunks
- 1/2 cup Mangos – cut into chunks. I used canned.
Honey Rose & Orange Water Dressing:
- 2 tbsp. and 2 tsp. honey
- 1 tbsp. Rose water
- 1 tbsp. Orange blossom water
- 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom (very important ingredient for flavor of salad. If you don’t have it, go get it)
- 1 tbsp. pineapple juice
- Juice of one freshly squeezed lemon
- Put all of your fruit in your fancy dish of choice
- Whisk honey, rose water, orange blossom water, cardamom, pineapple juice and lemon together until well incorporated.
- Pour dressing over fruit, mix well, get transported to another time and enjoy life!