Botanical Name: Rosa damascena
This essential oil has to be one of my favourites!
The smell of a rose can evoke such pleasant memories....There quite simply is no other oil to beat this with its sensual, sweet, floral top notes with deep rosy undertones. The perfume is simply beautiful and joyful, the queen of oils! But more than just a beautiful smell, many therapeutic benefits accompany this oil that can help many health conditions.
Extraction - Rose otto is extracted through steam distillation which is extremely rare and difficult to obtain (whilst rose absolute is obtained through solvent extraction - absolute is more commonly used in perfumery).
Part of Plant - From the petals, hand picked at dawn when the fragrance is at its best. Around 1200 roses are used to make just 1ml of essential oil! (Which makes this very expensive oil to add to your collection, but well worth it!)
Where does Rosa Damascena come from?
Afghanistan, Syria, Bulgaria, Turkey, Russia, Pakistan, India, Uzbekistan, Iran and China.
Chemical Constituents -
Citronellol: effective mosquito repellent which is also found in citronella.
Geraniol: a natural form of geraniol, commonly used in perfume and fruit flavourings.
Nerol: sweet smelling aromatic antibiotic compound which is also found in lemongrass.
Citral: strong antimicrobial which is necessary for vitamin A synthesis. This can also be found in lemon myrtle and lemongrass.
Uses - Excellent in skin care for acne but also for dry, mature or reddened skins. It works very well for hot, inflamed or itchy skins. It has anti-inflammatory, cooling and soothing properties. Its moisturising benefits are many along with anti-ageing benefits as it has high levels of vitamin A which increases cell turnover, therefore reducing wrinkles. Will leave you with visibly softer and smoother skin.
Nurturing and gentle, it opens the heart and helps to release states of anger, grief, anxiety or sadness. Rose oil encourages feelings of well being, relieving anxiety and balancing emotions and hormones. Also effective in improving depression. Rose has been reported to assist with libido problems.
Blends well with: Bergamot, Geranium, Lavender, Chamomile, Sandalwood.
Effective for use in the bath and shower - try adding up to 5 drops to 2tbsp bath oil (adults), shower gel or carrier oil. Reduce to 2 drops for children or adults with sensitive skin.
Diffusers & burners are also recommended to create a relaxing ambient mood, along with massage to relax body and mind and help soothe aching muscles.
Storage: Organic Rose is a specialist oil and at temperatures below 20c it can crystallize. Place in warm place to return to liquid.
Finally, always make sure you buy from a reputable company, organically sourced. Ensure oils are 100% pure, unfiltered and free of chemicals and toxins. Ensure the botanical name (i.e Rosa damascena) is on the bottle. If you see the word 'fragrance' on the bottle steer clear as this generally would mean there are other additives.