Roses are widely considered the most beautiful flowers in the world. The flower is an integral part of innumerable stories, legends, myths and legacies. With its varied colors, incomparable fragrance and range of shapes and sizes, you can find one for every mood and occasion.
People who do not know about any of its medicinal properties can still tell you of one undeniable property; a beautiful, red rose can invoke romantic feelings in even the hardest of hearts.
Rose essential oil is made by extracting Rosa damascena and researchers have uncovered that it contains several therapeutic compounds known to promote wellbeing in the body:
Some of the many chemical compounds are:
Citronellol, Citral, Carvone, Citronellyl Acetate, Eugenol, Farnesol, Methyl, Eugenol, Nerol, Phenyl Acetaldehyde and Phenyl Geraniol. I bet these weird just flew over your head! They sure flew over mine until I learned of them in my Aromatherapy class. Visiting PubMed can help you shed some light on their benefits.
Why is Rose essential oil so expensive?
Let’s look at how how many petals it takes to make a 5mL bottle.
How many petals does it take to make one 5mL bottle of Rose essential Oil?
It’s 60,000 roses per 1 ounce of oil. That would calculate to be 10,000 roses that go into 5mL.
True, unadulterated and pure Rose essential oil (Rosa damascena) is actually pretty hard to find. In almost all cases you will find a highly diluted oil, usually no more than 5% rose oil in a base of oil (or even alcohol) or a rose absolute.
This is because of the high cost of extracting rose, an oil extraction through the steam distillation of its petals. Despite these obstacles it’s still highly coveted and a much loved oil, both for its aroma and its benefits. Its true aroma is rich, floral, sensual and so heavenly.
Let’s explore some of the health benefits of rose essential oil below.
1 – Emotional Support
If you’re ever feeling upset or down in the dumps, try putting 1 drop of rose and five drops of lavender in a diffuser by your nightstand before bed. Hopefully you will wake up renewed and at peace!
2 – Rose Oil for Skin Health
There are many qualities of rose essential oil that make it beneficial for skin because of its uncanny ability to increase your skin’s permeability!
As German scientists explained in a 2010 article, one of the most intriguing aspects of rose essential oil is that, “For substances applied in rose oil, a clear relationship between their lipophilic character, chemical structure and skin permeation could be confirmed.”
Essentially, what this means is that when rose is added to your beauty and skin products, it opens up your skin to absorb more of the chemicals and nutrients.
Used to your advantage, this can be quite life-changing if you mix your own products and include only the BEST ingredients.
On the other hand, IF your products are filled with harmful ingredients, even if the manufacturer includes rose oil (as many do), you may be unknowingly exposing yourself to toxic chemicals!
3 – Rose Oil for Libido & Hormone Health
Rose essential oil can greatly help men with sexual dysfunction related to performance anxiety and occasional stress. It has also been reported that it can help balance sex hormones, which can contribute to increased sex drive.
How to use rose oil for libido:
Many men and women who are planning a romantic evening will rub two drops of the following essential oils on their neck or diffuse them throughout the home or bedroom.
Other great oils that keep your marriage happy and satisfying are:
Combine these oils with any carrier oil — like jojoba, coconut or grapeseed oil — and then give your spouse a therapeutic massage.
4 – Occasional PMS Support
A 2006 study involving 67 female college students found that applying rose oil mixed with other oils (lavender, clary sage and almond oil) topically had effectively reduced discomforts and mood swings.
A Few Inspirational Uses for Rose Essential Oil
Facial Serum: Mix 1 drop Rose, 2 drops each Sandalwood and Frankincense essential oils with 1 oz of carrier oil. Apply nightly after cleansing.
Luxurious Rose Petal Bath Salts: Combine 1-1/2 cups Epsom Salt, 1/2 cup Pink Himalayan Sea Salt, 1/4 Cup baking soda, 10 drops Rose essential oil and 1/2 cup dried rose petals (optional). Store in air tight container.
Diffuser Blend for Loneliness: 1 drop Rose essential oil, 2 drops Bergamot essential oil and 2 drops Frankincense essential oil.
NOTE: The aroma is very strong, and a quality brand will be very potent. Even though it’s safe to use undiluted (neat), if your rose essential oil is not diluted you may choose to do so to stretch it further. As little as 1 drop in several tablespoon still imparts a strong aroma; a minimum ratio is generally 1:3 rose to carrier oil.
IMPORTANT NOTE ON QUALITY
Not all oils are created equal. Because of a lack of industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms such as “natural” or “pure”, much of what you find at the drug store is NOT a therapeutic grade of essential oil and may lack real quality or even contain contaminants or adulterants (way more common than you’d think).
A LOT goes into creating a high quality essential oil. A good brand should follow these guidelines:
-Proper plant varieties
-Each plant grown indigenously for the healthiest plant
-Grown without chemical pesticides, herbicides, etc
-Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties
-Extracted with proper temp and pressure to preserve oil molecules
-Third-party testing of every batch
-Stand behind the internal use of their oils
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