The evocative aroma of rose essential oil is probably one of the most recognisable and well loved. Rose oil is often thought of as the queen among essential oils and it well deserves this reputation.
It is one of the most precious oils and very expensive as it is difficult to process. However, the 'otto of roses' is so highly concentrated that only a very small amount is needed for each treatment. It is certainly worth having a bottle to hand as rose works on nearly every system in your body - how fantastic is that!
This is very much a feminine oil and I tend to use it in aromatherapy massage with older women because it is particularly good for mature skin as well as being a wonderful remedy for many female problems.
Rose oil also works naturally and gently in easing depression, grief and sadness.
We musn't forget that rose is also a well known natural aphrodisiac and is used by both men and women for this quality!.
Rosa damascena, Rosa centifolia
Bulgaria, India, Morocco, Turkey, France.
Common Method Of Extraction:
A small amount by distillation but the majority by enfleurage or solvent extraction.
Floral, sweet and rich.
Middle to base
Antiseptic, antidepressant, astringent, aphrodisiac, emmenagogue, tonic, sedative, vascoconstrictor, detoxifying, hepatic, antispasmodic, haemostatic.
Mind, Spirit and Body:
Its antiseptic, tonic and soothing qualities make it great for general skincare, but it is particularly good for mature, dry and sensitive skin.
It is also vascoconstricting which makes it good for reducing redness.