Rosa centifolia / Rosa damascena

Roses are still considered one of the most beautiful and fragrant flowers in the world and are a favourite of many. There are gardens filled with the most gorgeous roses of all colours, shapes and sizes, bringing endless joy to all who experience their incredible beauty and fragrance.

Besides their sublime beauty and beautiful, floral and sensual fragrance, Roses offer many wonderful health benefits in the essential oil they provide. The essential oil is extracted by steam distillation of the fresh Damascus Rose. The pure, unadulterated rose essential oil is quite difficult to find and incredibly expensive. This is because of the high cost of the distillation process as well as the thousands and thousands of petals it takes to make just 10ml of rose oil. To make 1kg of essential oil approximately 5 tonnes of roses are required, which explains the tremendous cost, as well as the reason it is so often diluted and added to a base oil, alcohol or a less expensive rose oil. Despite the difficulty in finding and affording a pure rose oil, the health benefits are phenomenal.

The most common uses for this heavenly essential oil are for emotional balance and its wonderful properties for treating the skin. Rose helps balance the moisture levels in the skin, it reduces the appearance of skin imperfections and promotes an even skin tone and healthy complexion. It helps tone and lift the skin, preventing premature wrinkling. One of the incredible properties of Rose oil is that it helps scars fade quickly, whether they be from boils, acne, pox or stretch marks and surgery scars.

Rose oil can boost confidence and mental strength and help relieve depression. It relieves anxiety, fear, stress and is emotionally uplifting, invoking positive thoughts and feelings of joy and hope. This oil acts as a nerve tonic and helps you keep calm when all around you are not calm. Add a drop to your diffuser for peace and relaxation.

The most luxurious and fragrant way to heal wounds would be to use pure Rose oil. It is a wonderful antiseptic and helps protect scratches, scrapes and wounds from becoming septic and developing infections. However, the less expensive essential oils such as Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Lavender and others work just as well. Rose oil will help stop blood flow from cuts and wounds by contracting the blood vessels and at the same time provide anti-bacterial treatment, keeping the wounds clean and free from infection. Because it speeds up clotting and coagulation of blood, Rose oil is very beneficial for people who suffer from internal or external bleeding.

Rose oil has antispasmodic properties which help relieve muscle spasm, as well as intestinal and respiratory spasm. It also has hepatic properties meaning that Rose oil is good for the proper functioning of the liver. It promotes good bile flow from the gall bladder and helps regulate acid levels in the stomach and in the blood. Bile helps with the digestion of food and improved digestion reduces constipation, irritable bowel syndrome and colitis.

Rose essential oil relates well to feminine issues such as uterine discharge, irregular bleeding and menstruation. The oil helps the uterus function properly and may even eliminate the symptoms women experience during menstruation and menopause such as mood swings, hormonal imbalance, bloating and cramping. It regulates and balances hormone production throughout the body. Because it stimulates the hormone secretions for menstruation, Rose oil should NOT be used during pregnancy.

The pure oil is very strong and should be used with caution and in low concentrations.

Rose oil blends well with Bergamot, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Galbanum, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, Orange, Palmarosa, Patchouli and Sandalwood.