Published on 16 March, 2011 | Aromatherapy
ROSE (ABSOLUTE: ROSA DAMASCENE MILL)
As mentioned in Part One of our aromatherapy course Rose is one of the more expensive of the essential oils due to its method of extraction – Enfleurage; that is also why it is called an Absolute. As a by-product of the Enfleurage process rosewater is produced too. A drop of Rose in the massage blend is sufficient as it has a potent perfume.
The Rose is considered to be the ‘Queen of Flowers’ and Rose is thought to be the ‘Queen of Essential Oils’. The Rose is thought to be influenced by Venus; it is therefore the oil of choice for the female reproductive system due to its feminine affinity.
Rose is attributed to be cleansing, purifying, regulating and a tonic. Rose essential oil is also invaluable for women who are anxious, sad and depressed.
Rose essential oil is also useful for women who have an irregular menstrual cycle, to lessen loss during menstruation, to aid in conception and the French Rose in particular is considered to be aphrodisiac in nature.
As can be seen by the variety of skin products available in the shops which contain Rose in the ingredients, Rose is a very good oil for skincare particularly dry, sensitive or ageing skin. It can reduce thread veins on the face if used for a long period (around two months)
Many shop bought products use Rose oils that are synthetic and chemically produced so it may be to your advantage to make your creams yourself and add a drop or two of the ‘real product’. Although initially expensive the bottle of Rose essential oil will go a long way.
Rosewater is available from many chemists and health shops. It has a subtle perfume and is soothing, antiseptic and a tonic for the skin.