If you want to use rose essential oil (Rosa damascena), know that three types of oil are available:
"Rose otto vibrates with the energy of universal love, operating in the light of unconditional love and giving," writes aromatherapist Valerie Ann Worwood in Aromatherapy For the Soul. She goes on to say rose otto encourages contentment, devotion, inner vision, happiness, inner freedom, acceptance, completeness, patience, love, sensuality, and purity.
The scent of rose absolute touches and stirs the spirit, according to Worwood. She says rose absolute encourages motivation, inner vitality, confidence, passion, cooperation, fulfillment, forgiveness, and a sense of freedom.
The focus of this profile is Rosa damascena, although rose does come in other varieties, including Rosa centifolia, Rosa gallica, and Rosa rugosa.
Plant family: Rosaceae
Production: Steam distilled from the flowers — producing one drop of oil takes many, many roses, and rose otto is one of the most expensive essential oils. Making the absolute is more efficient, so it usually costs less, but it may not have as much therapeutic value and may contain traces of solvent.
Aroma: Floral and sweet.
Perfume/Aromatic note: Middle to base
Is rose safe to use during pregnancy? No, according to Aromatherapy and Massage For Mother and Baby.
Is rose essential oil safe for children? Yes.
Cautions: Because rose is expensive, adulteration is common, according to several sources. Make sure you buy a pure, authentic essential oil — there's no such thing as a cheap real rose oil.
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Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art: Rose is a go-to remedy for women's problems, especially menstrual irregularities caused by congested circulation. Rose may also help rejuvenate cells and is useful for all skin and hair types, varicose veins, burns, and rashes.
Aromatherapy for Dummies: Rose can reduce moodiness during menopause. The scent is an aphrodisiac and stress reliever and can help keep the mind focused and alert.
The Heart of Aromatherapy: Rose is good for daily skin care, rejuvenating damaged skin, soothing skin irritation, calming inflammation and redness, and comforting and uplifting the heart.
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy:
Use rose for menstrual problems, abdominal cramps, circulatory
problems, depression, anxiety, tension, phobias, and stress-related
Aromatherapy For Healing the Spirit: In Traditional Chinese Medicine, rose is considered cool and moist, helping clear heat and inflammation and restore the body's yin energy. Rose oil cools and regulates the liver, and used for stagnant heat that leads to tension, irritability, headache, and constipation. Rose is a uterine tonic and great for the skin.
Aromatica: A Clinical Guide to Essential Oil Therapeutics, Volume 2: Psychologically, rose promotes emotional security, strength, stability, and integration. Physically, the oil is a balancer and also relaxes hypertonic/tense conditions. In Traditional Chinese Medicine the essential function of the essential oil is to nourish Blood, Yin, and Essence and to harmonized the Heart and Shen.
Subtle Aromatherapy: Rose is the flower of love and the oil is the supreme oil of the fourth (heart) chakra. The essential oil also has a strong affinity for the first (sacral) chakra, supporting creativity, sex, and conception.
The Essential Guide to Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing: Spiritually, rose is the reminder that love is the answer. The oil helps you keep your focus and attention on your heart chakra and love. Emotionally, the oil helps you attract healthy, supportive relationships.
Aromatherapy and Subtle Energy Techniques: Rose brings in positive energy, especially love and compassion. The oil is especially useful for the fourth chakra. The book gives this diffuser blend for positive energy:
To boost mood and help ease depression, add rose oil to baths, inhalations, and diffusers. You can also wear one drop of the oil as a perfume.
For a basic anti-aging blend, combine 2 drops rose in 2 teaspoons carrier oil in a small dark bottle. Apply as desired.
Skin Repair Blend
Blend ingredients in a small glass jar. Use as desired.
Exfoliating Face Cleanser
Blend the white clay and avocado oil in the jar. Stir in the drop of essential oil. Source: The Heart of Aromatherapy
Facial Cream For Sensitive Skin
Adapted from Misty Rae Cech, ND
Rose essential oil was traditionally considered useful for gynecological and women's hormonal problems, including PMS and menstrual cramps. The oil may help reduce moodiness in menopausal women.
To make a rose massage oil, add 10 drops essential oil to 1/4 cup carrier oil. Use a little of the blend to massage your abdomen and lower back a few times a day.
Revitalizing Massage Oil
Baby Massage Oil
Use the massage oil on infants three months or older to support rest and relaxation.
Mix all of the oils together in a clean glass or PET plastic bottle and label.
Source: Essential Oil of Rose, ACHS
I recommend rose essential oil from Young Living.
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