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Desert Rose

Science and Origin

Desert Rose is a captivating and mystical stone from either the Gypsum or Baryte family. Named for its fantastic, rose-like structure, this stone can only be found in arid areas such as deserts around the world. Desert Rose Selenite, also known as Gypsum Rose or Sand Rose, is a type of Selenite formed from a combination of water, wind, and sand. Sand becomes embedded in Selenite blades, while additions of water overtime help form the signature “rosette” formation. Most specimens on the market have been brushed lightly with a torch to help define these rose petal shapes, though it does not affect the energy of these stones. They typically have a hardness of 2-2.5 on the Mohs Scale of mineral harness based on how relatively soft they are. These tend to be formed over a couple of hundred years, rather than like a majority of crystals and minerals which have formed millions, and sometimes billions of years ago. Desert Rose Selenite is commonly found in most deserts around the world in countries such as Mexico, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Tunisia, and Afghanistan. There is a particular type of Desert Rose Selenite found only in Oklahoma that formed around 250 million years ago when a shallow sea covered the current state (it's locally called “Gerber Sandstone”). Most specimens are very fragile and should be held with great caution!

A traditional Native American tale stated that Desert Rose Selenites were carved by warriors who returned home from the spirit world. The roses were said to have been spread across the Earth to protect these spirits’ homeland.

Desert Rose Healing Properties

Useful for developing intuition and enhancing psychic abilities, desert rose can also help one reprogram their thought patterns and behaviors. It can aid in breaking self-destructive ideas and addictions, as well as inhibitions based on fear and ignorance.

Physical Healing Properties

Desert rose is famous for its wide array of physical healing properties. Some of them are:

  • Muscles - Desert rose flower stones are believed to enhance muscular flexibility.

  • Skeletal System - Similarly, desert rose flower stones may help strengthen the bones and teeth. Many selenite stones have this property, and desert rose selenite is no exception.

  • Neurological - This crystal could help with neurological issues, such as epileptic seizures. It may also aid you in balancing brain chemistry and improving your health.

  • Tissue - Desert rose helps with tissue and cell regeneration. Tissue regeneration helps in making your bone and teeth stronger, as well as accelerating the healing process if your organs have suffered from disease or injury.

  • Skin - This stone may also help in promoting skin elasticity. If you are also suffering from skin ailments like psoriasis, breakouts, and inflammation, desert rose flower stones can help speed up healing.

  • Inflammation - In the same way, desert rose stones can help in healing inflammation, especially skin and bone-related traumas.

  • Detoxification - Desert rose selenite may help remove toxins from the body.

  • Reproduction - Desert rose also helps in enhancing fertility. It may also aid men who are dealing with reproductive illnesses, particularly with regard to the prostate and testes.

  • Sex Drive - This crystal could help improve sex drive, both in men and women.

  • Energy - Desert rose crystals help boost energy when you need it. This stone may also help people suffering from chronic fatigue overcome the illness.

  • Nausea - For those who can’t travel without getting sick or lightheaded, desert rose can help by alleviating these symptoms.

  • Immune System - This stone can also improve the immune system. Not only does it help in dealing with the effects of inflammation, but it may also shield you against viral infections.

  • Pain Relief - Desert rose stone can help relieve pain, especially with regard to the back part of your body. It may also help alleviate the painful symptoms of ulcers.

Emotional Healing Properties

Desert rose doesn’t only help the physical body but also the emotional and mental aspects of a person. This stone is perfect for those who want to gain mental clarity, enthusiasm, and self-confidence, especially people who are suffering from addictions or self-imposed restrictions. Here’s a list of the benefits you may experience in using desert rose rock:

  • Addiction - Desert Rose can help people with addictions by clearing their minds and aiding them to change their destructive behaviors. It will help pinpoint the problem’s cause and deal with it from the root.

  • Mental Clarity - Desert rose stone may also help you gain clarity of mind. It clears old thinking patterns that don’t help and replace them with healthy, more productive ones.

  • Enthusiasm - This stone can help one find the motivation and enthusiasm to go after their goals. This is especially true if you have been afraid of doing something for a long time due to fear of failure or the unknown.

  • Self-Confidence - It also enhances self-worth and self-confidence. It helps one see that they can achieve their goals if they set their mind to them and are worthy of living the life they want.

  • Inhibitions - If inhibitions of any kind have plagued you, desert rose stones can help you overcome them. For those who are too self-conscious about following their ambitions, desert rose can serve as a guide to help you break free from fear and lack of confidence. It’s also helpful for those who have inhibitions when it comes to intimate relationships.

  • Relationships - Desert Rose can help improve relationships between partners. It strengthens their bond and helps them become more intimate. On the other hand, it also cultivates deeper understanding. It also will aid you to become good friends with your loved one.

  • Calming - Desert rose produces a soothing and grounding effect that helps you become calmer during stressful situations.

  • Grief - Desert rose may also help one recover from the death or loss of a loved one. Its soothing, calming, and healing energies can support you during this difficult time.

  • Grounding - Desert rose flower stones can also be used for grounding energies. If you feel overwhelmed or out of sorts, place the stone close to you so you may feel tethered back to the earth.

  • Comfort - Desert Rose also offers comfort and inner peace in times of sudden changes. Whether it’s death or moving into a new place, this stone can lend you support.

  • Patience - Desert rose also brings our mind to focus and instills patience in us. It helps us become more committed to our goals, fostering determination, inner strength, and resilience from within.

Metaphysical Healing Properties

Desert rose also has plenty of metaphysical properties, some of which are the following:

  • Clairvoyance - Desert rose may help in opening or developing clairvoyant gifts.

  • Psychic Ability - Desert rose is also said to help in activating other psychic abilities.

  • Intuition - Desert rose enhances intuition and inner knowing. With a heightened intuition, you may be able to decide more wisely and decisively, especially in the face of problems.

  • Dreams - It also enhances dreams and may even allow you to lucid dreams.

  • Past Life - This crystal is also said to promote past life recall. It helps you see events from your previous lives that may help explain things as they are now, including fears and inhibitions you can’t understand.

  • Spirits - Desert rose may also help you connect to the spirit world and the universal life force. It allows you to communicate with your guardian angels and other higher beings so they may protect you.

  • Protection - It’s been said that each desert rose has its guardian spirit and also connects you to your guardian angels. With the help of these higher beings, you may be protected from harm and evil entities.

  • Nature - Desert rose may help you connect with Mother Earth. As it grounds you and tethers you to the Earth, you may feel a deeper connection with nature and its inhabitants.

  • Balance - This crystal called gypsum rose may help bring balance and harmony to your overall well-being.

  • Creativity - Desert rose promotes creativity. This stone may help you resolve problems in a creative manner. If you are an artist, writer, or musician who feels they are stuck in a rut, having a desert rose in your working space might help you find your muse again.

  • Manifestation - This stone may help you manifest your dreams. With the help of law of attraction, desert rose will help you to go after what you desire and make it a reality.

  • Crystal Charger - Desert roses are selenites, meaning they can be used to charge and cleanse other stones. Place it in the middle of the crystals you want to purify and refill with positive energy.

  • Aura - Not only does desert rose help cleanse crystals, but it also purifies the aura.

  • Chakra Alignment - Desert rose helps with aligning the chakra, ensuring good and proper flow of energy.

  • Spiritual Development - This stone can help you attain a deeper meditative state. It also links you to the spiritual realms and your higher consciousness.

Desert Rose Chakras

Desert rose connects with several of the chakras in our body. Whichever it most resonates with vary from one person to another, so you may need to work with it for a while to discover its benefits yourself. Generally, desert rose connects with the following chakras:

  • Crown Chakra - The Crown Chakra is found at the top of our head and this is where our spirituality is located. When this chakra is activated, we feel deep fulfillment and connected with the universe as a whole.

  • Third-Eye Chakra - The Third Eye Chakra is located between our eyebrows, and it represents our intuition. When this chakra is opened, we see the big picture, and we are open to exploring possibilities.

  • Solar Plexus Chakra - The Solar Plexus chakra is located in the upper abdomen, and it serves as the center of our willpower. When this chakra is opened, we are confident, and we have plenty of self-worth.

  • Sacral Chakra - The Sacral Chakra can be found below the navel, and here sits our pleasure and creativity. When this chakra is activated, we are in tune with the sexual aspect of ourselves and our emotions.

  • Root Chakra - The Root Chakra sits at the base of the spine, and here is where our sense of security resides. When this chakra is opened, we are grounded, stable, and balanced.

Using Desert Rose


If you want to carry them around, of course, you can get one that has been fashioned into jewelry. Necklaces made from desert rose are stunning to look at. However, keep in mind that desert rose flower stones are soft and can be easily cracked. If you want to wear them as necklaces, bracelets, earrings, or other types of jewelry, extra care is needed to keep them safe. Avoid exposing yourself to heat or getting wet, as this will damage the desert rose.

Feng Shui:

An alternative method of using a desert rose is by buying raw pieces of desert rose. You can place it around your home or office, wherever you need its soothing presence. It’s been said that they work extremely well when placed in the east or southeast area of the home. Clusters of desert rose, or even a single one, make fantastic decorations.


They also make very elegant gifts to friends and family, especially ones that are looking for a career change, moving into a new home, or anyone who could benefit from its calming energy. Because it’s also a stone that enhances creativity, it can be a great present to artists, writers, and musicians.


Of course, desert rose crystals can be used in grids. They are very effective, too, as they can help cleanse and charge other stones due to it being selenite. For meditation, you can hold one in your hand during your sessions.

Meditation and Grounding:

It’s highly recommended to meditate with desert rose. Not only for its grounding and calming properties, but also for its ability to awaken metaphysical abilities within us.

To meditate with desert rose stones, place the crystals near you. You can put them in a grid or hold them in your hands. Feel the power and energy of the stone as its positive vibrations emanate from within. Visualize it as it envelops your whole being and cleanses your aura. Keep in mind to thank the crystal for its help once you are done with meditation.

Clearing and Cleansing

Most crystals need cleansing and charging, and while desert rose can do them for other crystals, it may be bogged down with excess energy from time to time. However, cleansing a desert rose is a little tricky because of how soft and delicate it is. Therefore, extra care is necessary when cleansing and charging it.

Avoid putting your desert rose in the water. Don’t place it in areas where they can gather moisture or get wet, like bathrooms, kitchen sinks, window sills, and the like. Don’t place them under direct sunlight. If you must charge them with sunlight, avoid putting them out for hours.

Here are some cleansing and charging methods we recommend:

  • Smudging - Smudging your stones will immediately remove negative energies, so it is important to open a window for them to leave if you are cleansing your crystals indoors. Simply light either used bundled or loose sage with a match then blow out the flame to produce smoke. Wave the stone through the smoke for 30 to 60 seconds to clear bad vibrations. Ensure you use a fire-safe bowl or plate for safety.

  • Sound - If you have large stones or a number of crystals, using sound may allow you to charge all of them at once. You can use Tibetan bells, a singing bowl, or tuning forks to create a vibrational tone that will fill the stone and renew them again. Play the sound for about 10 minutes to charge your crystals.

  • Full Moon - Cleansing your stones with the full moon is an excellent way to remove negativity. At twilight, place your crystals on a windowsill or a place where they will be able to absorb the light of the moon (and its vibrations). Remove the stone the following morning before the sun gets too high into the sky. You can also place several stones on a grid to charge with a specific intention.

  • Visualization - Visualization is a safe and powerful way of charging any of your crystals. Take time to center your energy and ground yourself, then pick up the sone in your hands. Focus on filling your hands with a radiant light through visualization for a minute or two. Focus on removing the negativity from the stone, allowing it to be cleansed and recharged with purpose. You should be able to feel the energy within the stone shift into positivity.


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